Tuesday, March 29, 2011

In Memoriam Fr Jose Comblin

March 27, 2011

Jose Comblin with Dom Helder Camara
Belgian priest José Comblin, one of the most important representatives of liberation theology and who was expelled from Chile and Brazil during various periods for his ideas, died today at 88 in the Brazilian city of Simoes Filho of natural causes, church sources say.

Comblin, a scholar of the Church in Latin America and author of works such as “Teología de la Liberación”, “Teología de la Azada” and “Ideología da Seguridad Nacional”,died in the small city of Simoes Filho, in the state of Bahía (northeast) where he had traveled to give a class to the base communities.

The priest, who had heart problems and used a pacemaker, was found dead in the room where he was staying by other religious who were waiting for him for morning prayers and were surprised at his delay.

The body of the Beligian priest will be waked today in the city of Salvador, the regional capital near Simoes Filho, and buried in a small town in the impoverished Brazilian state of Paraíba according to his wishes, EFE was told by spokespersons for the Archdiocese of Barra, which is also in the state of Bahía where he lived.

(Full text of the memorial page with a Comment box here)

Jose Comblin on the state of liberation theology after the “victory of capitalism” 2007 JUNE 18

"The Way: Following Jesus" -- José Comblin at the Iglesia Bautista de Viña del Mar, Chile, 2009

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