Back in the ’80s you may remember the rise of “Liberation Theology,” an approach practiced by a faction of Catholic clergy who took the message of helping the poor seriously by working for social justice. Now there is a movement gaining strength in Latin America called “Liberation Ecology,” which takes the concept a step further to promote the idea of human stewardship of the land as being one of the prime directives of our spiritual path.
The following clips are from a fine article that documents this rising movement.
Although few North Americans seem to have noticed it yet, in the past few years a “liberation ecology” movement, with the church at its spiritual heart, has been taking shape from Chile to Mexico. Will the Vatican, I wonder, encourage or stifle it? Latin American Catholics have, after all, taken on what they saw as forces of injustice before.
In his essay “Christianity and the Survival of Creation,” Wendell Berry writes that our destruction of nature “is not just bad stewardship, or stupid economics, or a betrayal of family responsibility; it is the most horrid blasphemy. It is flinging God’s gifts into His face, as if they were of no worth beyond that assigned to them by our destruction of them.”