Matt Archbold at Creative Minority Report has an interesting post on a liberation theologian:
Former Catholic priest and liberation theologian Mike Rivage-Seul, who directed Berea College’s Peace and Social Justice Studies Program until his retirement, wrote a poem of sorts about his reaction to Americans standing up and cheering the homecoming of a Marine from Iraq.
In it, he compared the U.S. military to the Nazi S.S. and to the Roman persecutors of Christ. He also called them names like “robo-grunts” and then said we should be kind and merciful to all. Go figure.
Two weeks ago/ Between innings/ Of a Cubs-Pirates game/ At Wrigley Field/ They celebrated a Marine from Iraq — A local boy/ Who emerged from the Cubs’ dugout/ Waving/ To a hero’s welcome/ From a crowd on its feet/ Cheering/ Between swigs of PBR/ As if the poor kid had hit/ A game-winning dinger.
Reluctantly I stood up with the rest./ I now regret my applause./ I should have remembered shaved-headed/ Brain-washed innocents/ Kicking in front doors/ Profaning the sacred portals/ Of everyman’s castle,/ Petrifying children/ Calling their parents “mother f_ _kers”/ And binding tender wrists/ With plastic handcuffs./ To rid the world of evil.
Pitiful lobotomized innocents,/ They are/ Driven to slaughter by poverty/ And debt/ To Haditha, Fallujah, Abu Grahib,/ To weddings transformed in a flash and bang/ Into funerals/ Leaving mourners shocked and awed — “Collateral Murder,”/ By what King called/ The world’s “greatest purveyor of violence”/ And the Sandinista hymn identified as / “The enemy of mankind.”
Or Humvee/ And banishing chariots, cross-bows/ And drones raining hell-fire/ From the skies./ His kingdom disarmed/ Would encompass the entire world./ Refusing to call/ Any of God’s “little ones” (To use our military’s terms of art) “Rag-heads” or “Desert ni_ ggers” / Paul called such imperial hate-speech “flesh.” /(Judging by appearances like skin color, nationality, religion)
I should have remembered Jesus And his yoke./ So good and light/ He said Compared with The heavy burdens The Roman War-makers Laid on their subjects Who kicked in Nazareth’s doors And called parents like Joseph and Mary “Mother f_cking Jews.”
Jesus preferred — In places far from the imperial center/ Like Palestine (or Iraq today)./ Victims there might be out of sight And mind/ For those enjoying bread, circuses/ Cubs and Pirates, But not for the All Parent Described by the Psalmist today
As gracious, merciful, slow to anger, hugely kind, benevolent to all, compassionate, faithful, holy, and lifting up (rather than crushing) those who have fallen under the weight of the burdens Jesus decries.
I should have asked, If following that Messiah If worshipping that All Parent Allowed standing and applauding A robo-grunt returned From a war Where over a million civilians have been slaughtered To rid the world of violence.
Intrigued by this outburst of jejune far leftism, I wondered what else I could find out about this gentleman. Well, it will come as absolutely no surprise that he is a pro-abort:
Embracing children like the one Jesus held doesn’t mean legally restricting abortions beyond Roe v. Wade. Neither does it mean “tough love,” nor forcing impoverished mothers to bring their children to term and then telling them “You’re on your own.” Rather, embracing poor children – truly being pro-life – means creating a welcoming atmosphere that receives children as we would receive the Jesus who identifies with them in today’s gospel. Yes, it suggests supporting those “Big Government” programs that work so well elsewhere.
He is also a fan of Castro and has this hilarious statement in one of his pro-Castro screeds:
Cuban Democracy: Cuba has a parliamentary system with no political parties, which are seen as divisive. The Communist party is not an electoral organization; it sponsors no candidates. Rather it is the depository of the ideals of the Cuban revolution. In the Cuban form of democracy, elections are held at the municipal, provincial and national levels. At the national level, “Mass Organizations” (five federations of (1) workers, (2) women, (3) small farmers, (4) students, and (5) Committees for the Defense of the Revolution) nominate candidates. (Mass organizations are like 5 political parties sharing commitment to cooperation rather than competition.) All the organizations enjoy equal representation in the Cuban parliament. Forty-seven percent of the delegates there are women. The National Assembly (parliament) elects a Council of State, which then elects a president and vice-president. According to frequent independent polls, well over 80% of the Cuban population supports this system.
Then he had this to say about Pope Francis immediately after his election:
No, the real reason Francis I should resign is because of what he did about the von Wernich case. Von Wernich was a police chaplain during the Dirty War. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for aiding and abetting the military in the kidnapping, torture and murder of prisoners during the brutal dictatorship of the Argentine military.
According to the New York Times, while von Wernich was being investigated for his actions, and while Bergoglio was head of the Argentine Bishops Conference, the priest was transferred to Chile under an assumed name. There, on Bergoglio’s watch, he served in a parish until his arrest, conviction and imprisonment for the crimes just mentioned. And von Wernich has never been defrocked, nor has any apology been issued by Bergoglio. In fact, the former police chaplain has been allowed to carry on as a priest while in prison.
Now imagine our reaction if von Wernich had been a pedophile. And imagine if Bergoglio had done exactly what he did in the case of this serial kidnaper, murderer and torturer — transferred a criminal to another parish while attempting to conceal his identity. The whole world would be outraged and would demand the pope’s resignation. He would be completely discredited. And yet, a serial kidnapper, torturer and murderer is infinitely more dangerous than a serial pedophile.
The point is that we have exemplified in the case of the new pope the very same syndrome that has been universally descried in cases of pedophilia. It is the same syndrome that plagued the tenure of Benedict XVI and that possibly evoked his own resignation. It’s the Old Boys protecting their own.
As I said, I’m not discouraged by all of this. Instead, my faith in the Holy Spirit has been renewed. Her ways are strange indeed. The papacy is crumbling before our eyes. But it may be the death necessary before resurrection.
It would be easy to write this gentleman off as just another crackpot, but then I noticed that he and his wife are listed as a resource on the website of the Lexington Diocese:
Peggy and Mike are active member of St. Clare in Berea. They would be a great contact for anyone interested in activism or in learning more about social justice in the Third World.Peggy and Mike Rivage-Seul are professors at Berea College who lead a life dedicated to social justice issue and education. Mike directs the Peace and Justice Studies Program and Berea and Peggy chairs the Women’s Studies program. Both are research associates at the Center for Global Justice. They have spent a great deal of time in Latin America working with such issues. Their book, A Kinder and Gentler Tyranny: Illusions of a New World Order, provides a fascinating, if troubling, look at the way First World policies affect Third World nations. A must read for anyone interested in social justice issues, the book is availible on amazon.com or can be checked out from either the Lexington Theological Seminary’s or Berea College’s library.
When it comes to many of the powers that be within the Church, one can spit on any number of Church teachings as long as one is on the left politically. Liberation theology is the mechanism by which far leftists can be embraced by the professional Catholics who staff the Church bureaucracy and who frequently lean pretty far left themselves.