By Suzanne C. Toton

Catholic schools and universities, like non-religious educational associations, are devoted to the pursuit of data and fact. even if simply because Catholic faculties and universities take their proposal from the Gospel, that pursuit has a unique orientation. Its particular element of reference, course and function could be top captured by means of the word "a preferential alternative for the poor." This word, coined via the Latin American bishops at their 1979 convention in Puebla, Mexico and because then principal to the vocabulary of the Catholic Social culture, easily signifies that we as contributors, collectives and associations are referred to as by way of the Gospel to spot with the terrible and marginalized of society, stand in unity with them, and accompany them within the fight for justice and peace. therefore, for Catholic faculties and universities the top objective of training, examine and repair is the production of a extra compassionate, simply and peaceable social order. in fact, this "preferential alternative for the terrible" isn't very good built-in into the constitution and upholstery of our associations. After greater than 20 years reflecting, writing and instructing within the parts of social ethics and justice schooling, i've got come to the belief greatly diverse method of furthering justice and peace via Catholic faculties and universities is termed for, person who strikes past selling the assumption of justice to partaking in its construction.

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From the poor and marginalized we receive light that can be received in no other place. They make it possible to see and hear the truth that the dominant society covers up. When seen with the eyes of faith, their oppression is understood for what it actually is, not only sin but mortal sin. It is mortal because it shortens their lives and brings them death. Thus, the social order and our entanglement with it, which we had taken for granted and found acceptable because it served our interest, now become problematic.

Thus, while study and analysis are necessary and integral to the theological project, they are not ends themselves. Rather they are means through which the theologian participates in and contributes toward the creation of a more just social order. The location for authentication and verification of theological reflection must shift. Its truth will be known in what it does. Sharon Welch, a North American theologian steeped in both the Latin American and Feminist Liberation theological traditions, argues that theology’s truth claims will find their verification, not in the purity or logic of their argument, but in their very power to liberate.

Sin: The Bible Is “Big” on It Now that we have addressed the posture necessary for liberation and salvation, it is important to be clear, from a theological standpoint, what liberation is from. The answer, pure and simple, is evil or sin. 2 ~ A Working Theology for Justice Education 47 From a biblical perspective, evil or sin is that which subverts God’s intended purpose for creation. It is a break or a disturbance in the will of God; a break in the righteous relationship with God, one another and all of creation.

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