Gustavo Gutierrez at 90

10 June 2018

Gustavo Gutiérrez, the famed author of ‘A Theology of Liberation’ celebrated his 90th birthday on 8 June. Gustavo, as he is affectionately known, developed his ‘option for the poor’ in the 1960s and 1970s. Liberation Theology became a highly influential current of opinion within the Latin American Catholic Church in the years after the Second Vatican Council. His Theology of Liberation was published in 1971. In the 1980s and 1990s, it came under sustained attack from the Vatican especially during the lengthy papacy of John Paul II and his successor Benedict XVI. Since the election of Pope Francis, Gutiérrez has been officially welcomed back into the Vatican fold; Francis wrote a birthday greeting to him on 7 June, congratulating him for his “preferential love for the poor and discarded of society” 

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