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By Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews, October 7, 2019

October 7, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In light of the October 6-27 Pan-Amazon Synod in Rome, LifeSiteNews reached out to Adveniat and Misereor – the two relief agencies of the German Bishops’ Conference – asking whether, and to what extent, they have funded theologians or institutions of Liberation Theology, especially in Brazil. The German Bishops’ Conference has provided Liberation Theology efforts with about 26 million euros over the past few decades – and during a time when Liberation Theology was censored and heavily criticized by the Vatican.

The reason for concentrating on Brazil is that from thence come several key organizers or inspirers of the Amazon Synod: Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Bishop Erwin Kräutler, Professor Paulo Suess, and Leonardo Boff. We therefore asked specifically about Kräutler and Suess’ Indigenist Missionary Council (CIMI); the Latin American Bishops’ Conference, CELAM (which has often been a promoter of Liberation Theology and which is part of the Amazon Synod-organizing network REPAM); Amerindia, which is a prominent group of Liberation theologians, among them Boff and Suess; and Gustavo Gutiérrez’s Bartholmé de Las Casas Institut in Lima (Gutiérrez apparently invented the term Liberation Theology). ….

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