[Blueboard] Panel Discussion- Liberation Theology and Catholicism: From Benedict XVI to Francis

Raphael Agustine L. Yabut ryabut at ateneo.edu
Tue Oct 4 22:13:10 PHT 2016

The Theology Department of the Loyola Schools cordially invites you to an interdisciplinary colloquium, “Liberation Theology and Catholicism: From Benedict XVI to Francis” on October 17 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Natividad Galang Fajardo Conference Room at the Ground Floor of the De La Costa Hall. 

Vatican II has had a strong impact on the theology program of the Ateneo de Manila. Since 1971, the Ateneo’s theology curriculum has been greatly influenced by liberation theology, a movement within Catholicism placing emphasis on the preferential option for the poor. Outside the university, controversy has surrounded liberation theology over its perceived influences from Marxist theory. Benedict XVI has been among the staunchest critics of liberation theology in this respect, especially while he was still the head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under the papacy of John Paul II. Amid the ideological conflicts of the Cold War, liberation theology became a divisive issue among the faithful--notably in Latin America. Yet, time's passage has established more favorable conditions for its treatment within the Catholic Church especially during the papacy of Francis, whose concerns align with those of liberation theologians.

In this panel discussion, Dr. Emmanuel Yujuico summarizes the fascinating history of liberation theology from its Latin American roots, the controversies it has engendered within the Church, and the global political-economic changes that have shaped its reception before turning to how differences between Catholic doctrine and liberation theology are gradually being narrowed as the latter's advocacies have been "mainstreamed" within the faith. In a wider sense, Pope Francis' current approach to liberation theology may be indicative of the Church's future.

Dr. Jaime Acevedo from the Theology Department, Dr. Agustin Rodriguez from the Philosophy Department, and Dr. Philip Arnold Tuano from the Economics Department will be the panelists, offering commentary from their particular fields of expertise.

Dr. Emmanuel Yujuico is a visiting lecturer with the Economics department teaching International Economic Relations and the Comparative Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia. He is also a research fellow in Southeast Asia International Affairs at LSE IDEAS, a foreign policy think tank at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP: Send an email to Raphael Yabut, ryabut at ateneo.edu
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