GUSTAVO Gutierrez, one of the leading lights of liberation theology, has delivered Cafod’s prestigious annual lecture.
He gave the 2005 Pope Paul VI Memorial Lecture on November 4.
Fr Gutierrez, a Peruvian Dominican who spent years working with the poor in the slums of Lima, spoke on “A Theology for Today: the Option for the Poor in 2005”.
As a priest in the Archdiocese of Lima Fr Gutierrez says that his parishioners in the city’s poor neighbourhoods taught him “volumes about hope in the midst of suffering”. It was a lesson he never forgot, and is a key theme in his highly influential writings.