Monday, August 22, 2016

"We Drink From Our Own Wells" by Gustavo Gutierrez, Roman Catholic Women Priests Celebrate a God Who Liberates and Empowers Women as Equals

Roman Catholic Women Priests celebrate the Holy One who liberates  women and men from patriarchal structures that dominate and oppress women in church and society. Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP

Here is a 20th anniversary edition of the book by Dominican priest and theologian Gustavo Gutierrez that has been hailed by many within Christendom as a classic in liberation theology. It has been translated from the Spanish by Matthew J. O'Connell.

 In the introduction, Henri J. M. Nouwen writes:

" 'Poverty means death,' Gustavo writes. This death, however, is not only physical but mental and cultural as well. It refers to the destruction of individual persons, peoples, cultures, and traditions. In Latin America, the poor and marginalized have become more and more aware that these forces of death have made them strangers in their own land. They recognize more clearly the ways in which they are bound by hostility, fear, and manipulation, and they have gradually come to understand the evil structures that victimize them. With this new self-consciousness, the poor have broken into history and have rediscovered that the God whom they have worshipped for centuries is not a God who wants their poverty but a God who wants to liberate them from those forces of death and offer them life in all its dimensions."

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