Re Joe Holland’s Jan 10 letter, Liberation theology is a spiritual movement: I disagree with his statement that Karl Marx copied liberation theology. Because of its implied acceptance of the use of force to redistribute wealth liberation theology copied Karl Marx. Nicaragua is still paying the consequences of applied liberation theology.
Liberation theology is not a spiritual movement any more than the Apostle Judas’ complaint that Mary wasted expensive perfume to anoint Jesus’ feet instead of giving the money to the poor was a spiritual complaint.
Furthermore, Jesus did not die because He defended the poor. He died in order to redeem from their sins those who accepted Him.
Jesus Himself stated that: “The poor you will always have with you.”
Poverty is not always the result of the social environment. It can also be the result of a lack of desire to work, which is in turn often encouraged by forced or voluntary sharing of the property by those who do work.
Nestor Portocarrero, Miami