A contribution to the 26. Anniversary of the assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero
Even as the supreme guardian of the faith of the Roman Church, Joseph Ratzinger criticized liberation theology and, in the opinion of former Cardinal Secretary of State Agostino Casaroli, struck too harsh a note in 1984. Under his pontificate, Rome still does not let go of attacks against the Church of the Poor and its theologians. So far, the pope from Bavaria has shown no intention of continuing the social teachings of his predecessors in view of the triumph of "neoliberalism" for the present. His most urgent concern is a commitment to the "eternal Son of God," who is above the things of this world and who made only a brief appearance on this earth more than 2,000 years ago.
The Roman criticism of liberation theology is correspondingly quite apolitical. It currently invokes above all the "objective" dogma that the state church has established in philosophical terms from the fourth century onward. Jesus is spoken of in a way that is incomprehensible even to most simple pastors. The movement of thought goes "from top to bottom": The second "hypostasis" of the triune God is the innermost center and reason for the unity of the incarnated Son of God. Within the so-called "hypostatic union" a divine nature and a human nature are distinguished, which are however both neither mixed nor separated.