If there is no friendship with them [the poor] and no sharing of the life of the poor, then there is no authentic commitment to liberation, because love exists only among equals.

— Gustavo Gutiérrez

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The poverty of the poor is not a call to generous relief action, but a demand that we go and build a different social order.


Faith is not limited to affirming the existence of God.

No, faith tells us that God loves us and demands a loving response. This response is given through love for human beings, and that is what we mean by a commitment to God and to our neighbor.


Liberation from every form of exploitation, the possibility of a more human and dignified life, the creation of a new humankind - all pass through this struggle.


In the Bible poverty is a scandalous condition inimical to human dignity and therefore contrary to the will of God.


Once causes are determined, then there is talk of "social injustice" and the privileged begin to resist.


Human history is in truth nothing but the history of the slow, uncertain, and surprising fulfillment of the Promise.


Charity is today a 'political charity.

'. . . it means the transformation of a society structured to benefit a few who appropriate to themselves the value of the work of others. This transformation ought to be directed toward a radical change in the foundation of society, that is, the private ownership of the means of production.


Is the Church fulfilling a purely religious role when by its silence or friendly relationships it lends legitimacy to dictatorial and oppressive government?


The God of Exodus is the God of history and of political liberation more than he is the God of nature.


There are not two histories, one profane and one sacred, 'juxtaposed' or 'closely linked.' Rather there is only one human destiny.


The world today is experiencing a profound and rapid socio-cultural transformation. But the changes do not occur at a uniform pace, and the discrepancies in the change process have differentiated the various countries and regions of our planet.


The imbalance between developed and underdeveloped countries - caused by the relationships of dependence - becomes more acute if the cultural point of view is taken into consideration.


About Gustavo Gutiérrez

Quotes 28 sayings
Profession Priest
Birthday June 8, 1928

As we progress, various shades of meaning and deeper levels of understanding will complement this initial effort.


Christendom is not primarily a mental construct.

It is above all a fact, indeed the longest historical experience the Church has had. Hence the deep impact it has made on its life and thought.


The denunciation of injustice implies the rejection of the use of Christianity to legitimize the established order.


Theology is reflection, a critical attitude.

The commitment of love, of service, comes first. Theology follows; it is the second step.


We take it for granted that Jesus was not interested in political life: his mission was purely religious. Indeed we have witnessed . . . the 'iconization' of the life of Jesus: 'This is a Jesus of hieratic, stereotyped gestures, all representing theological themes. In this way, the life of Jesus is no longer a human life, submerged in history, but a theological life -- an icon.


If I define my neighbor as the one I must go out to look for, on the highways and byways, in the factories and slums, on the farms and in the mines, then my world changes.


To hope does not mean to know the future, but rather to be open, in an attitude of spiritual childhood, to accepting it as a gift.


So you say you love the poor? Name them.


The future of history belongs to the poor and exploited.


The building of a just society means overcoming every obstacle to the creation of authentic peace.


The complete encounter with the Lord will mark an end to history, but it will take place in history.


Although until recently the Church was closely linked to the established order, it is beginning to take a different attitude regarding the exploitation, oppression, and alienation which prevails in Latin America. This has caused concern among the beneficiaries and defenders of capitalist society, who no longer can depend on what used to be - whether consciously or unconsciously - one of their mainstays.


Reason has, especially today, many other manifestations than philosophical ones.


Through the persons who explicitly accept his Word, the Lord reveals the world to itself.


[Neighbor is] not he whom I find in my path, but rather he in whose path I place myself, he whom I approach and actively seek.