On January 25, 2020, the Washington Bureau of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) held a talk titled “When is it all going to the end?” TFP speaker Julio Loredo traced the history and ideology of liberation theology.
The Peruvian native has long studied the errors of liberation theology. He has just published a book with the expressive title, Liberation Theology: A Lead Lifejacket for the Poor. He currently serves as president of the Italian TFP.
The talk was held at the TFP’s McLean, Va. office one day after the annual March for Life in the nation’s capital. The standing-room-only crowd included many marchers, including foreign delegations from Italy, France and Brazil.
Mr. Loredo explained how liberation theology has its roots in the egalitarian and liberal ideology of the French Revolution. Catholics later adopted this ideology, which gave rise to modernism in the nineteenth century.
In its turn, the modernist ideas infiltrated Catholic movements such as Catholic Action. Mr. Loredo recounted the fight of TFP founder Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliviera in Brazil against this infiltration. In 1943, the noted Brazilian thinker wrote a book titled In Defense of Catholic Action that denounced this infiltration.
In the fifties and sixties, Catholic Action joined with socialist infiltrators to help form what would become known as the liberation theology movement. Its outwardly Catholic trappings hid its Marxist roots. Liberation theology soon served as the theological justification for Catholic participation in communist movements and social revolutions.
Other forms of liberation theology later emerged that applied class struggle dialectics to “oppressed” minorities. Thus, variations now include homosexual, feminist and black liberation theologies that all promote Marxist class struggle.
The latest stage of this process is ecological liberation. It presents an upside-down vision of the world in which God is seen as the ultimate oppressor because His divine law rules the universe. Mother Earth is the revered enemy of modern civilization.
Mr. Loredo concluded his talk by pointing out the connection between liberation theology and the Amazon Synod recently held in Rome last October.