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Red Will Be Worn This Season – Liberation Theology After The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Is This Song Liberation Theology in the Oregon Catholic Press, and Should We Be Performing It?

Todos te presentamos
Confiando en tu amistad
Nuestro esfuerzo, nuestro sudor
Nuestro diario trabajar
Queremos ver convertidos
Nuestras luchas y el dolor
En tu vida y en tu valor
Derrotando al opresor
Mira las esperanzas de este pueblo que hoy te llama
Mira los sufrimientos de los pobres que te buscan
Atiende el clamor de tu pueblo que está viviendo en la opresión
Queremos resucitar en tu vino y en tu pan
Somos un pueblo hambriento que camina en tierra ajena
Solamente son nuestras la miseria, y las cadenas
Líbranos del egoísmo, la esclavitud y la opresión
Queremos saciar en Tí nuestra sed de salvación
All we present
Trusting your friendship
Our effort, our sweat
Our daily work
We want to see converted
Our struggles and pain
In your life and in your courage
Defeating the oppressor
Look at the hopes of these people calling you today
Look at the sufferings of the poor who are looking for you
Heed the cry of your people who are living in oppression
We want to resurrect in your wine and in your bread
We are a hungry people that walks in a foreign land
Only misery and chains are ours
Deliver us from selfishness, slavery and oppression
We want to quench in you our thirst for salvation

An academic historian assess the history of liberation theology, with the finding that it was primarily responsible for the loss of the faith of millions in Latin America and the incursion of Protestant sects into the life of faith of the common people.

Red Will Be Worn This Season

…[T]he most fundamental evil of the Marxist gospel, which is not its misguided social criteria but the spiritual disaster it has visited on Latin America. Liberation Theology made a reinterpretation of Christianity in which words like “justice” and “hope” were turned into secular slogans, with a meaning related to the class struggle; personal sin was repudiated and projected onto institutions. The laity were organised into “ecclesial base communities,” modelled on the Bolshevik soviets, in which the doctrines of a revolutionary religion were preached. Traditional devotions were forbidden, only communal prayer being admitted as correct. When people went to church they heard a political rant, which assumed that the only needs of the people were material ones. The result was that the faithful turned away in their millions. The vacuum was filled by the Protestant sects, whose evangelisation at least acknowledged that people had souls to save. In a continent which, at the beginning of the 1960s, was almost solidly Catholic, Protestant sects— typically of the most grotesque kind— are now numbered in hundreds, their followers in tens of millions. A watershed in the secession was marked by the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador in 1980, after which an aggressive campaign sprang up to present this politicised figure as a martyr. 29 Its result was the opposite of that of sanguis martyrum semen Ecclesiae. It was followed by a landslide of Catholics to the sects, which has made Central America, outside Mexico, the site of the strongest advance of Protestantism in the continent, with Catholicism now reduced to about half the population. In Brazil, also in the forefront of Marxist transformation, Catholic membership has fallen to about seventy percent of the country, and that a nominal figure; Mass attendance stands at only twenty percent of the 140 million declared Catholics, and these have been left with only 18,000 priests to serve them. The effects of Liberation Theology provide a yardstick by which the post-conciliar movements in the Church can be measured. When we look at the case of ecumenism, we can only point to its barrenness in tangible results, with no guide to its actual damage; but when it comes to Liberation Theology the injury to the Church can be measured in the loss of many millions of souls. If such a desertion had come after the Church had taken up a Fascist ideology in deference to modern trends, advanced opinion would be quick enough to recognise it as one of the historic blunders of Catholicism, and a morally despicable one. With Liberation Theology, we are a long way from that perception. The benevolence with which its ignes fatui are still judged is a relic of the same illusion that made liberals in the 1960s and 1970s admire the regimes of Mao and Pol Pot and blind themselves to their true character.

Sire, H.J.A.; Sire, Henry. Phoenix from the Ashes: The Making, Unmaking, and Restoration of Catholic Tradition (Kindle Locations 8446-8461). Angelico Press. Kindle Edition.