Brazilian Archbishop Dom Hélder Câmara was a Latin American bishop known for radically calling on the church to stand with the poor.
Liberation theology, which interprets the teachings of Christ in relation to liberation from unjust social, economic and political conditions, is rooted in the Bible and the life of Jesus, said the priest who developed the concept nearly 50 years ago.
Dominican Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez told an audience Nov. 7 at St. Paul University in Ottawa that "theology is a hermeneutic of hope. Theology touches on the motive, the story of our Lord in history."
NCR Today: The core mission of the Catholic church is to go outside of itself, to make neighbors, and to always be at the service of the poor.
For decades, many liberation theologians globally have lived with a looming possibility: A letter could arrive from the Vatican contesting their work.