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Theologians gather at Boston College for Ibero-American Congress of Theology


Boston College theology professor Thomas Groome (right) moderates a discussion with theologians Olga Consuelo Velez Caro of Colombia, Father Juan Carlos Scannone of Argentina, and Father Roberto Tomicha of Bolivia Feb. 8 at BC's Robsham Theater. Pilot photo/Mark Labbe

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CHESTNUT HILL -- There was spirited talk, laughter, and applause, but it wasn't a play that brought dozens of people to Boston College's Robsham Theater on Feb. 8. Instead, it was the highlight of BC's week long Ibero-American Conference of Theology: a public forum on the Theology of Liberation.

Over 40 theologians from Latin America, Spain, Canada, and the U.S. attended the historic Boston College-sponsored conference, which ran from Feb. 6 to Feb. 10. During the course of the conference, which was mostly held at the BC's Connors Retreat Center in Dover, the theologians discussed ways to better align the Catholic Church with Pope Francis' message to care for the poor.

In order to do that, and to better understand Pope Francis, theologians need to "go to his roots in the Latin American theology," the Theology of Liberation, co-organizer of the conference and visiting associate professor Rafael Luciani told The Pilot Feb. 8.

"This gathering wants us to help understand what his vision is for the Church -- in society in terms of economic exclusion, in terms of political rights and social movement, in terms of ecclesial reforms -- and how can the Church be more welcoming," he said.

Gaining traction in the 1960s and 1970s in Latin America, Liberation Theology is an interpretation of Christian theology that sees defending the rights of the poor and liberating the oppressed as critical and central aspects of the Church.

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