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Soviet position on liberation theology

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 27 Jul 2013, 05:04
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Post 08 Aug 2013, 05:51
Did the Soviet Union ever issue a statement regarding the development of liberation theology in Latin America or elsewhere? I would think that even though the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was officially atheist in its orientation, it would at least make some favorable comments about liberation theology, even if only for PR purposes or to stick a thorn in the side of the United States, given that liberation theology was popular in America’s own backyard. Did any other socialist countries make statements in support of liberation theology?
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 18 Apr 2010, 04:44
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Post 08 Aug 2013, 14:59
The very idea of "liberation theology" is extremely Catholic. No such animal in the Orthodox East. While religion was grudgingly allocated a place in Soviet society following WWII, the Orthodox Church in Russia was kept on a very tight leash (as it should be). Since any statements made by the Church would have to conform to the official government line, there was really no need for a separate and independent line of "liberation theology".

The real question would be what part, if any, "liberation theology" played in the culture of historically Catholic lands such as Poland, Hungary, and Cuba. It may also be worthwhile to investigate whether it continues to exist in the modern time in Sudamerican lands such as Venezuela or Nicaragua.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 28 Jan 2008, 19:10
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Post 08 Aug 2013, 15:27
Fidel Castro in his spoken autobiography speaks very positively about Liberation Theology and said it played a major role in his decision to allow Christians into the CPC.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 12 Jun 2006, 02:14
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Post 08 Aug 2013, 15:50
Comrade Gulper wrote:
It may also be worthwhile to investigate whether it continues to exist in the modern time in Sudamerican lands such as Venezuela or Nicaragua.

The "liberation theology" doesn't exist anymore in the catholic church as an actual organization. But many priests follow their path. Specially those in poor urban areas.


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Post 08 Aug 2013, 17:53
There's also been significant attempts in the catholic church of suppressing those on that path. I seem to recall reading that the most recent pope has some bad history, in that.
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Post 19 Sep 2013, 11:53
The post-56 Soviets probably took a somewhat sympathetic attitude towards it. When it came to "national" or "religious socialisms" (African, Arab, Christian, Islamic) they criticized them from a Marxist perspective but did claim that states led by parties/movements espousing such views could weaken the influence of capitalism and lay the foundations for a transition to socialism through an alliance with the USSR.

I've never found Soviet statements in English on the subject though, although I am sure they exist.
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Post 19 Sep 2013, 15:41
I haven't been looking that intensively, but I haven't been able to find anything in Russian as of yet either, though today there are many liberation theology-type communists here, trying to tie together Orthodoxy and Marxist principles.
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Post 20 Sep 2013, 13:56
soviet78 wrote:
I haven't been looking that intensively, but I haven't been able to find anything in Russian as of yet either, though today there are many liberation theology-type communists here, trying to tie together Orthodoxy and Marxist principles.


I find the attempts to tie Orthodoxy and Marxist principles together to be an interesting project. Personally, I believe that communists would do well to end their hostility to religion, especially as most of the world's laboring masses are people of faith. I have found that there are many people receptive to the ideals of communism but they are repulsed by the anti-religious repression found in many current or former socialist states.
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