from The Great Debate:

Pope Francis’ relationship to a movement that divided Latin America

September 24, 2015

Pope Francis is surrounded by greeting children next to Bolivia's President Evo Morales after his arrival in El Alto

Pope Francis (L) is surrounded by greeting children next to Bolivia's President Evo Morales after his arrival in El Alto, Bolivia, July 8, 2015. REUTERS/David Mercado

End of an era for the Amazon’s turbulent priests

February 11, 2009

Liberation Theology has long been out of fashion at the Vatican, but its effects have lived on in Latin America. One is a tradition of foreign-born Catholic priests who went to the region to preach its message of justice for the poor and oppressed. But the falling number of priests in Europe and the United States and a turn away from this activist view of the Gospels has taken its toll. The clerics defending peasants against landowners and denouncing child prostitution, drug trafficking and illegal logging are growing old and the flow of foreign priests is drying up. There are Brazilian priests, but with family members living in the country, they are often more vulnerable to death threats.