Michael O. Garvey | Feb. 28, 2014 | Notre Dame News
Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and widely acknowledged founder of the “liberation theology” movement, was in Rome earlier this week, the surprise speaker at a Vatican book launch.
Father Gutierrez was helping to launch a book, “Poor for the Poor: The Mission of the Church,” edited by Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, who directs the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Two of the book’s chapters were written by Father Gutierrez, and its introduction was written by Pope Francis.
Among the remarkable aspects of the occasion were the hearty applause received by Father Gutierrez and its reflection of a decades-long change in the relationship between a once controversial theological movement (and its principal spokesman) and Vatican authority.