Saturday, April 19, 2008

The sins of the fathers...

By Libby

Since it seems to be religion week here at The Impolitic, allow me to make a contribution with this video where a Catholic priest defends Rev. Wright and eviscerates some Fox News idiot's attempt at an ambush interview. I hear O'Reilly played a whole 5 seconds of it on his own show but it really should be watched in full. This is a Catholic priest who walks his talk and I can respect.

Blue Girl tells us there are more where he came from.

[T]his is Father Michael Pfleger and he is one fiery lefty priest. He sees something he doesn't like, he does something about it. It is because of him that alcohol and tobacco are no longer advertised on billboards on Chicago's South Side. He is an activist priest in the finest Liberation Theology tradition.

Liberation Theology views Jesus not just as the Redeemer, but as the Liberator of the oppressed as well. My dad was a Catholic, and my husband, and son are Liberation Theology Catholics. I respect Catholics who follow that path. They don't say stuff - they do stuff.
More importantly they do stuff out of love for their fellow man and seek to improve the lot of all rather than perpetuating the religiosity of hate that one sees too many so-called Christians practicing, where the end goal seems to be to punish "the other" for failing to toe an ideological line.

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OpenID expatbrian said...

Wow! He is good! Hes gonna be up on WGM in about 5 minutes.

7:11:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Almost restores your faith in the clergy doesn't it Brian. I posted that one because I thought you might like it.

8:46:00 PM  
Blogger danps said...

Hi Libby. About 10 years ago I had a brief survey of liberation theology for a class I was in. I learned what some folks are learning about now and maybe a little more, but I also got the impression that it was a movement primarily in South America in the 70s and 80s. The fact that it's getting all this attention now is interesting to say the least. Wikipedia has a nice overview.

On another topic, there's getting to be more and more discussion about the Vanity Fair torture article and how 24 influenced what we did at Guantánamo & elsewhere. This is a good time to remind everyone that the right scoffed at the idea of a connection at the time. (We need to keep links like this handy as rhetorical buckshot to blast the zombie of conservative credibility with each time it attempts to rise up from its latest destruction.)

3:45:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey Dan. Nice to see you here. Right on as always. Good post on the torture 24 connection.

8:28:00 PM  
Blogger BeyondBeliefs said...

It warms my heart when I see people, who both worship the same religion, and yet one worshiper Lives to elevate Humanity, while the other, Lives to curse Humanity to ''hell'' for nonconformity.
It is proof of the capacity of the Human Mind to SEE and KNOW. To exceed the ability of a religion to Limit the Mind.

5:45:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I love seeing believers who actually practice the tenets of Christianity myself BB.

9:16:00 AM  

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