Clodovis Boff is grandson of Italian immigrants who arrived from Veneto region to Rio Grande do Sul in the late nineteenth century. He did his primary and. Results 1 – 12 of 34 The Bible, the Church, and the Poor (Theology and Liberation Series). Feb 1, by George S. Pixley and Clodovis Boff. Theology and Praxis: Epistemological Foundations by Clodovis Boff ( ). $ Paperback. Maria na cultura brasileira: Aparecida, Iemanjá e Nossa.

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The liberation theology that once united them now divides them. The former criticizes it at its roots, and has passed over to the Ratzinger camp, while the latter continues to defend it, and feels betrayed. It was an article published in a theological journal in Brazil, by clodovie celebrity of Latin American theology: Clodovis Boff in the photo.

But the second blow hit even harder. This was the harsh reply to the article by Clodovis Boff, written by his even more famous brother: The paths of the two brothers separated and then clashed over precisely what had united them before: For his part, Leonardo Boff, in his reply published at the end of May, remains absolutely firm on that same principle: He was banned from teaching in Catholic theology faculties in a sentence from the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, caused mainly by his book “Church, Charism and Power: Liberation Theology and the Institutional Church.

Clodovis Boff, instead, is still a member of the Servants of Mary.

He has never been tried by the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, but during the ‘s he lost his teaching post at the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, and was banned from teaching at the “Marianum,” the theological faculty of his order, in Rome. His brother Leonardo remembers him this way, during the years when he was a fervent supporter of liberation theology: He dedicated the other half of the year to teaching and research at the university of Rio.


But when, last May, his brother Leonardo published his reply, the dispute echoed all over the biff. In Rome, the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, “Avvenire,” covered the clash between the famous brothers in a news brief at the end of June.

Clodovis and Leonardo Boff, Separated Brethren

But it was above all the progressive Catholic news agency “Adista” that brought the affair to prominence, in a series of articles. On two other pages of www. Here follow the titles, openings, and links to the two texts, together with a brief summary: The Church becomes like an NGO, and so also loses substance physically: Those ‘on the outside’ feel little attraction for a ‘Church of liberation’, because the militants already have NGO’s, while for religious experience they need much more than simple social liberation.

Moreover, because of the failure to perceive the social extent and relevance of the current spiritual malaise, liberation theology shows itself to be culturally myopic and historically anachronistic, or alienated from its time. Which is found in the final document of the conference in Aparecida.

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This document — he writes — is a “clear demonstration” of how a correct connection can be made between faith and liberating action. Unlike liberation theology, which “begins with the poor and arrives at Christ,” Aparecida “begins with Christ and arrives at the poor,” clearly establishing that “the Christ-principle always includes the poor, but the poor-principle does not necessarily include Christ.


The place of the poor is a privileged place of encounter with the Lord. Those who encounter the poor inevitably encounter Christ, still in his crucified form, asking to be taken down from the cross and brought back to life. Because the devastating criticisms come from the inside, from one of its best-known proponents, they can play this unfortunate game.

It reinforces the attempts of those in society and in the sectors of the Vatican who want to destroy it, or block it from being studied, or prohibit it from being used as a reference for pastoral action with the poor and marginalized.

My brother, I stab you in the heart, but relax, it’s for your own good. And he cites him precisely in order to demonstrate the ambiguity of “liberationist” language: By all appearances, these two adjectives, ‘fundamental’ and ‘decisive’, have been placed there carelessly.

Because these absolutely do not belong to the poor, but to the bofff faith transmitted by the Church’, as the Roman notification pertinently recalls, in questioning some of the points of the cited theologian’s Christology.

All the articles in chronological order: In Italian, English, and Spanish. Sandro Magister, “L’espresso”, via C. Colombo 90, Roma Site clodovix by Theo Nelki. At the top of the page, a detail from the mosaics in the basilica of Saint Mary Major, Rome, fifth century, depicting the heavenly Jerusalem.