Correcting my error on my article on Pope Francis

On my BlogHer article last week, I erroneously misquoted (“a champion of liberation theology”) Mark Rice-Oxley‘s statement, which in fact said “A champion of those who rejected liberation theology.”

Indeed, as Mary O’Grady explained yesterday,

Father Bergoglio believed that Marxism (and the related “liberation theology”) was antithetical to Christianity and refused to embrace it in the 1970s

I did more research on Pope Francis, and found the he rejected Marxist liberation theology while embracing the poor. Then-Archbishop Bergoglio used to take public transportation to Buenos Aires’s worst slums (and police no-go zones), and officiated Mass,

sponsored marathons and carpentry classes, consoled single mothers and washed the feet of recovering drug addicts

From the pulpit at the cathedral he sternly criticized the Kirchners and denounced the country’s extreme poverty.

I also asked Carlos Eire, T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History & Religious Studies at Yale University, on the new Pope. His reply,

The way I see it today — which may change as we get more information — his concern for the poor does not at all make him a liberationist socialist. He seems to be taking the same approach as John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who dished out condemnations of the callousness and materialism of Western culture while at the same time condemning the evils of communism.

Their focus is materialism, an attitude that runs against Christian ethics, not capitalism per se. (Liberationists tend to see capitalism itself as evil, and communism as the utopian cure).

Check out also Ed Morrissey’s interview of Kishore Jayalaban of the Acton Institute, if you didn’t watch it in yesterday’s Carnival,

I apologize to all my readers (and to the Pope, too).

In more papal news, his motto will now be

miserando atque eligendo” (Latin for “because he saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him”), a phrase taken from a homily by the Venerable Bede, an 8th century English monk, describing Jesus’ call to Matthew to follow him.

Very fitting.


10 Responses to “Correcting my error on my article on Pope Francis”

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  2. mcnorman Says:

    Did you notice the Pope’s shoes? They weren’t the Prada red shoes. Simple black shoes for a simple man of God. I don’t think he will go for the Prada red as those are special made to order. I could be wrong, well we shall wait and see.

  3. Fausta Says:

    Yes, it’s a good sign.

  4. Gringo Says:

    The reason that former Montoneros have attacked the Pope is that back in the 1970s, he was not one of the radical priests supporting the Montoneros, such as Father Mujica- whom V.S. Naipaul interviewed for a NYR article on Argentina back in 1972.

    The Montoneros killed, kidnapped, robbed banks, and bombed. Had the Montoneros not continued their kidnapping, killing, bombings and bank robberies during the democratically elected Peronist governments of Juan Domingo and his widow Isabel/Evita II, the butchers of the Junta would have never taken power in 1976. [See my previous comment]

    Former Montoneros – many of whom have served in the upper echelons of the Kirchner governments- present themselves as heroes. Far from being heroes, they were scoundrels.

  5. mcnorman Says:

    What do you make of this post?

    I can’t imagine that Dolan would have been considered for Pope?

  6. mcnorman Says:

    I also don’t subscribe to this man being far left.

  7. Fausta Says:

    I don’t know enough about internal Vatican politics.

    Also, I haven’t found any direct quotes from Pope Francis regarding the Wall Street sales tax. He has opposed some of the IMF moves, and he’s spoken out for the poor, in the context of globalization (but not necessarily on a political context).

  8. mcnorman Says:

    Thank you. I have not found any direct quotes either. Just mud slinging from crazies.

  9. Fausta Says:

    Yes – more on that at

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