Monday, February 04, 2008

Sojourners interview with Jon Sobrino

In the January 2008 issue of Sojourners Magazine, you can find an interview with Fr. Jon Sobrino, the Jesuit theologian who writes and teaches from his post at the Unversity of Central America. His elaboration of tenets of liberation theology have challenged and inspired many. Here is an excerpt:

In Where is God? Earthquake, Terrorism, Barbarity, and Hope, Sobrino wrote that reality is the Cross. “One must take charge of reality,” he wrote, quoting Ignacio Ellacuría, one of the Jesuit priests murdered in 1989 by U.S.-trained Salvadoran soldiers. “One must ‘bear the burden of reality’ with all its crushing weight.”

“Reality is what’s being covered up, the things that are covered up and are very hard to unearth,” Sobrino answered me, launching into a finely tuned reflection. “Hope is a reality. ... Reality is hard, but it’s wonderful. There is this energy, the will to live. ... I’m happy in this country. There are many good things.”

But Sobrino upends any simplistic view of the reality of El Salvador. True, 11 people are murdered every day and thousands flee every year, but many more stay and persevere. How easily we choose where to cast the lines of reality, from there choosing whose suffering merits help and who to kill.

Read the rest of the article here. (May require free registration). In 2007, the Vatican formally criticized some of Fr. Sobrino's writings, although it stopped short of any censure or punishment.

Hat tip to Bruce for pointing out this article to me.


inner-self said...

religiosity bores me.

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