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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Hitler Youth to Holy See

Pope Benedict XVI.

When I think about the aspects of Christianity that appeal to me, I think of Jesus' statements in the sermon on the mount ("blessed are the poor," etc.) and his emphasis on helping those in need rather than judging others. A few decades ago, a movement called Liberation Theology arose in the Catholic church, mostly in Latin America, which focused on these aspects of Christianity--not the smiting of the Old Testament, the sometimes confusing morality of Paul's letters, or the bad drug trip of Revelations. Liberation Theology offered a Catholicism that could truly have been a major positive force in the world. And John Paul II, ably assisted by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (the new Pope Benedict XVI), basically killed the Liberation Theology movement.

Billmon has more.