April 30, 2005
Re "The Soul of a Lost Cause," Column One, April 26: Ernesto Cardenal, the 80-year-old foolish, Marxist, Nicaraguan poetaster-priest rails today against quondam Sandinista dictator Daniel Ortega, now running for president again in his democratizing country, for having been corrupted and housing himself and his cronies in the mansions of the ousted Somoza thugocrats. But he conveniently overlooks the fact that the reward of his showpiece easy life was part of the country's takeover by the Soviet Union of that era, which posted police and intelligence agents visibly in the airport in Managua, and invisibly throughout the government offices, security and military.
May 21, 1985 |
A Roman Catholic student leader assailed Pope John Paul II today about church policies on birth control and liberation theology, saying they are "far removed from reality." Veronique Oruba, 22, who is of Polish origin, spoke to the Polish-born Pope at an outdoor meeting attended by 30,000 people at the University of Louvain, the French-speaking branch of the Catholic university that is a bastion of liberation theology, a philosophy of social activism.
April 2, 1986 |
The Vatican has confirmed lifting a penalty of silence it imposed on Father Leonardo Boff, and the Brazilian priest was quoted Tuesday as saying that the Roman Catholic Church has indicated greater acceptance of liberation theology by lifting the order.
April 10, 2005 |
Half a world away, millions of people came together last week to mourn Pope John Paul II, but you'll hear no tearful elegies from believers such as Nery Amaya, a Catholic for all of her 28 years. As she made the rounds as a CARE volunteer in this impoverished town, she remembered the time she offered to start a parish program to help gang members. Her priest suggested that she devote her energies to Easter week decorations instead.
March 23, 1986 |
Cardinal Jaime Sin, archbishop of Manila, is the latest Catholic hero. With a single broadcast on Radio Veritas, he brought the Filipino people out on the streets to interpose themselves between the defiant military and President Ferdinand E. Marcos' tanks. "It was wonderful," Sin said in London, "old ladies held up their crucifixes, beautiful girls kissed the soldiers--they were electrified." Since it all turned out well in the end, not too many detailed questions have been asked.
March 14, 2013 |
BUENOS AIRES - The man who is now Pope Francis was a young Jesuit leader, not long out of seminary, when Argentina's military junta unleashed a reign of terror that became known as the "dirty war. " That was more than 30 years ago, but the reaction to the naming of the first Argentine pope shows that the wounds have not yet healed. Many Argentines were still stunned Thursday that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, had become the first pope from the Americas.
March 14, 2007 |
The Vatican is preparing to discipline Father Jon Sobrino, a well-known proponent of liberation theology who worked for decades in El Salvador even as fellow priests were murdered, church sources said Tuesday. Sobrino will be sanctioned for alleged errors in his teachings and writings about the divinity of Jesus, according to members of his Jesuit order in Rome. A Vatican spokesman this week confirmed to reporters that an investigation was underway.
March 15, 2007 |
When a Salvadoran army death squad dragged six Jesuit priests from their beds in the middle of a November night in 1989, then dumped their bloodied bodies on a lawn, Father Jon Sobrino was 11,000 miles away, delivering a lecture. But for that assignment, Sobrino would have become another of the "martyrs," the long line of priests, nuns and other religious workers killed during years of civil strife in El Salvador.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1993
Thank you for Randall Balmer's commentary on the occasion of the 75th birthday of the Rev. Billy Graham. It brought back very pleasant memories of the time I met him while a student in New York City. I entered an elevator in the Time-Life building to find the only other occupant was Dr. Graham. We talked for as long as it took to ascend to the top floor. When the elevator doors parted, Henry Luce was waiting there to greet him. But before leaving with Mr. Luce, Dr. Graham turned back around, gave me a beaming smile and said, "Please give your parents my love!"