(ANSA) - Vatican City, September 3 - The election of an
Argentine pope has cleared a path for a closer review of
liberation theology - with its emphasis on helping the poor in
the social as well as religious realm - by the Vatican's
newspaper, an editor said Tuesday.
"With a Latin American pope, liberation theology could not
stay long in the shadows to which it has been relegated for some
years, at least in Europe," said Father Ugo Sartorio in
describing plans by L'Osservatore Romano to publish articles
Wednesday on the subject.
The newspaper of the Holy See says it will devote ample
space to the writings of the Peruvian theologian Father Gustavo
Gutierrez, who is considered the founder of liberation theology.
Many in the Catholic Church condemned and criticized
liberation theology for its ties with some elements of Marxist
But supporters argue that it grew naturally as a Christian
response to the poverty and social injustice that face
overwhelming numbers of people in Latin America.
"The contributions of Gustavo Gutierrez made it clear to
us....(that)injustice in the world remains, and is a factor that
can only be overcome with the availability of all men directing
their gaze towards Christ," said Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, prefect
of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and a follower of