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Pope lifts suspension on liberation theology priest

Pope lifts suspension on liberation theology priest

Religion News Service reports that Pope Francis has reinstated the Rev. Miguel D’Escoto Brockman, who was suspended “For his political actions, involvement in the Sandinista government and failing to resign from a political office held in violation of his ministry,…”

thumbRNS-LIBERATION-PRIEST080414b.jpgContinuing a bid to revive a movement that was sidelined by his predecessors, Pope Francis has reinstated a Central American priest who was suspended by the Vatican in the 1980s for his involvement in the political activities of Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista movement.

The Rev. Miguel D’Escoto Brockman, 81, was suspended from his duties by St. John Paul II and recently wrote to Francis asking for that order to be revoked so he could celebrate Mass again before he died.

The move is likely to provoke fresh debate about Francis’ own political stance since he has been criticized by conservative American commentators for having a “Marxist” political perspective on international finance and capitalism.

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“The Rev. Miguel D’Escoto Brockman, 81, was suspended from his duties by St. John Paul II”


Have hope, Padre Miguel. I suspect “suspended by Saint __(esp. JP2)___” will ADD to the stars-in-your-crown come Judgment Day.

JC Fisher

“Liberation Theology”: theology of Jesus the Liberator. If critics don’t like it (“Marxist!”), take your complaints Upstairs…

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