Alessandro Speciale | Sept. 9, 2013 | Washington Post
VATICAN CITY — A progressive theological current that emphasizes the Catholic Church’s closeness to the poor and the marginalized but was subject to decades of hostility and censure is now finding increasing favor in the Vatican under Pope Francis.
Francis, who has called for “a poor church for the poor,” will meet in the next few days with the Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., a Peruvian theologian and scholar who is considered the founder of liberation theology. Rev. Gutierrez is the John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.