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Pope Francis has put the Roman Catholic Church in a new trajectory. Pope Benedict had insisted on backing away from many of the Vatican II reforms and had rejected Liberation theology. Pope Francis has clearly been steeped in Liberation theology and it colors everything that he does.

A new trajectory

Pope Francis has put the Roman Catholic Church in a new trajectory. Pope Benedict had insisted on backing away from many of the Vatican II reforms and had rejected Liberation theology. Pope Francis has clearly been steeped in Liberation theology and it colors everything that he does. He understands the preferential option for the poor. He is willing to speak out on justice issues.

I long to make comparisons between Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Francis. Romero was chosen because he was expected to be a moderate bookworm who would not disrupt the established systems of power and oppression in El Salvador. He shocked everyone by becoming an outspoken proponent of justice for the poor. Francis seems to be taking a similar, unexpected, course. I hope that the entrenched system does not decide to do away with Francis the way they did Archbishop Romero.

About Deb Conklin

Rev. Deb Conklin’s wheels are always turning. How can the church make the world a better place? How can it make Spokane better? Her passions are many, including social justice in the mainline tradition, emergence and the post-modern and missional church.

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  1. On this 34th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero, you might be interested in the music video we have produced to honor his legacy. You may view the video at http://youtu.be/21CN815v2G0. Feel free to post, embed or review the video. For more information go to TheMartyrsProject.com.

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