Essay Liberatio Theology

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Latin America’s history has been an arduous and long struggle in their attempt to break the chains that bound them. Since the conquista, conquering, of their lands during the colonial era, Latin America has been a region plagued with an oppressed poor. There have been people that have been the voice for the poor community in Latin America. These people are specific priest of the Catholic Church, these priests took it upon themselves to go against the status quo and appeal to the poor. These priests quickly became a beacon for the poor because with their guidance the poor were seeing a way out of the despair of poverty. The priest to place this feeling of helping the poor rather than the elite was the Dominican friar, Bartolome De Las Casas. …show more content…
Liberation Theology supports the poor to urge for some type of change within the system that has been oppressing them for so long. In this paper, I will argue that Liberation Ideology could facilitate the emancipation of the poor in Latin America so that they can regain their sovereignty.
Bartolome and the Friars challenge the injustice of the crown
Bartolome De Las Casas was the Dominican Friar that preached to his superior about the atrocities that they had committed in the s called “New World”. Bartolome was at first one of those same persons that participated in the slave raids, and even owned his own enconmienda with a couple hundred of slaved Tainos (the natives of the Island of Quisqueya/Hispaniola). It was not up until 1510 a little group of Dominican friars, headed by Pedro de Cordoba, arrived in Hispaniola. The Dominican order is based on a return to the original sources of spirituality with its concentration on poverty and contemplation. The Friars’ intervention in behalf of the Indians would inaugurate what has been called the “controversy of the Indies”/The Valladolid debate. The “controversy of the Indies”/ The Valladolid debate was an argument over the treatment of the Indigenous people in the New World. Bartolome De Las Casas headed this event after his ordaining into the Dominican order. The…

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