Well, in my last post, with what information I had, I tried to give the Pope some slack. But after his flight today there is not much else to say. He totally approved of the Hammer and Sickle "crucifix" which is in my opinion blasphemous. On top of that he presented one of the two images he received as a gift to the Blessed Mother! The link to Rorate Caeli below has the text of part of the interview relevant to this. He clearly defends the Marxist priest openly. He says he the whole thing was no offense to him. It was an offense to me! What more can be said?
Excerpt.. Underlining mine..
Fr Espinal was killed in 1980. It was a
time when liberation theology had many different branches. One of the
branches was with Marxist analysis of reality. Fr Espinal belonged to
this, this. Yes, I knew because I was in those years rector of the
theology faculty and we talked a lot about it, about the different
branches and who were the representatives, no? In the same year, the
general of the Society (of Jesus), Fr. Arrupe, wrote a letter to the
whole Society on the Marxist analysis of reality in theology. Stopping
on this point saying, “it’s no good, these are different things, it’s
not right, it’s not correct.” And, four years later in 1984, the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published the first small
volume, the first declaration on liberation theology that criticizes
this. Then comes the second, which opens to a more Christian
perspective. I’m simplifying, no? Let’s do the hermeneutic of that time:
Espinal was an enthusiast of this Marxist analysis of the reality, but
also of theology using Marxism. From this, he came up with this work.
Also the poetry of Espinal was of this kind of protest. But, it was his
life, it was his thought. He was a special man, with so much human
geniality, who fought in good faith, no? Making a hermeneutic like this,
I understand this work. For me it wasn’t an offense...