From Pope Francis’ trip to Brazil for World Youth Day, we will remember his appeal to young people to «rock the boat»; his visit to a favela in Rio, an almost ritual. The Libertatis Nuntius or ‘Instruction on certain aspects of the “Theology of Liberation”‘ was written by Cardinal Ratzinger in It begins with a brief overview. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is the oldest among the nine congregations of .. suspension of the Reverend Father Professor Charles Curran from the teaching of theology” (25 July ); Libertatis conscientia ( Instruction on.
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The proper function of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is the promotion and defense of doctrine on faith and morals for the whole of the Catholic world.
What is more, each Christian has the right to know in an adequate, authentic, and nuntiuw manner the truth which the Church professes and expresses about Christ. This right is the foundation of the corresponding obligation of the ecclesial libretatis to intervene whenever this truth is placed in danger or negated.
It is because of this right of the faithful to the truth of Christ that this Congregation has seen the need to publish the attached Notification concerning some of the works of Father Jon Sobrino, SJ.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
These works contain propositions which are either erroneous or dangerous and may cause harm to the llbertatis. Father Sobrino manifests a preoccupation for the poor and oppressed, particularly in Latin America. This preoccupation certainly is shared by the whole Church.
This option excludes no one. The citations clearly show the position of the Church with regard to this complex problem: The Church, in her docility to the Spirit, goes forward faithfully along the paths to authentic liberation.
Her members are aware of their failings and their delays in this quest. But a vast number of Christians, from the time of the Apostles onwards, have committed their powers and their lives to liberation from every form of oppression and to the promotion of human dignity. This Notification comes as a result of a careful study of the writings of Father Sobrino according to the procedure established for the examination of doctrinal teachings.
It may be helpful to explain briefly the way in which the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith proceeds towards a judgment on writings that appear to be problematic. When considering whether the writings of a certain Author present doctrinal difficulties or might damage the faith of the people of God, the Congregation initiates a procedure nuntiys by the Agendi ratio in doctrinarum examine, whose latest edition was approved by Pope John Paul II on 29 June The ordinary process entails sending the material in question to several experts for their review and opinion.
The results of this, containing all the documentation required for the study of the case, is placed before the Consulta, a standing committee of the Congregation comprised of experts from various theological disciplines. The lihertatis file, including the minutes of the discussion and the written opinions and evaluations of the Consulters regarding the existence of doctrinal errors or dangerous opinions in the writings, is then submitted to the Ordinary Session of the Congregation.
This Ordinary Session, comprised of the Cardinals and Bishops who are members of the Congregation, undertakes a detailed examination of the entire question and decides whether or not to notify the author about the problems encountered. The decision of the Ordinary Session is then submitted for the approval of the Supreme Pontiff.
Once approved, a list of erroneous propositions or dangerous opinions is sent to the Author through the Bishop or Religious Superior. The Author then has a period of three months in which to offer a reply. If the Ordinary Session considers this reply to be sufficient, nunttius further action is taken.
Instruction on certain aspects of the “Theology of Liberation”
If it is judged insufficient, then it must be decided what measures to adopt. One libbertatis measure would be the publication of a Notification which details the erroneous propositions or dangerous assertions of the Author.
When the writings of an Author are judged to be clearly in error and, nunfius the same time, when their diffusion could present a danger or has already proven to be of grave damage to the faithful,  the process can be abbreviated. A Commission of experts is assembled nuntis given the task of determining the erroneous propositions.
The findings of this Commission are submitted to the Ordinary Session of the Congregation. In cases where the ilbertatis are judged to be in fact erroneous and dangerous, the Congregation, after the approval of the Holy Fathertransmits a list of these propositions through the Ordinary to the Author. The Author is then given two months in which to offer a correction or response.
This response is examined by the Ordinary Session and the appropriate measures are taken. In the case before us now, the Notification itself indicates the steps libertqtis were taken according to this abbreviated urgent examination. In these works, one encounters grave deficiencies both in terms of methodology and content. This disregards the fact that it is only llibertatis apostolic faith which the Church has transmitted through all generations that constitutes the ecclesial setting of Christology and of theology in general.
Father Sobrino tends to diminish the normative value of the affirmations of the New Testament as well as those of the great Councils of the early Church.
These methodological errors give rise to conclusions which do not conform to the doctrine of the Church in certain key areas: In this regard, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith wrote: But in order that this reflection may be truly a reading of the Scripture and not a libertxtis on to the Word of God of a meaning which it does not contain, the theologian will be careful to interpret the experience from which he begins in the light of the experience of the Church herself.
This experience of the Church shines with a singular brightness and in all its purity in the lives of the saints. It is hoped that this Notification will offer to both the pastors and to the faithful of kibertatis Church a secure basis, founded upon the doctrine of the Church, upon which to judge these questions, which libetratis relevant both for theology and pastoral practice.
AAS 80 AAS 89 Baltimore, MD Subscriptions: The Concern of the Church for the Poor The proper function of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is the promotion and defense of doctrine on faith and morals for the whole of the Catholic liertatis. The Particular Case of Father Sobrino In the case before us now, the Notification itself indicates the steps that were taken libertatls to this abbreviated urgent examination.