The Economic Preconditions of Christian Peace
“It is not unusual to find that [dominant] groups, with the exception of some enlightened minorities, characterize as subversive activities all attempts to change the social system which favors the permanence of their privileges (CELAM, Medellín Document, Peace (1968).”
In the Medellín Peace document, CELAM argued that the growing political frustrations between the rich and the poor is an economic situation that “conspires against peace.”
What is critical here is that the church lays out an historical liberation theology that makes the case that structural transformation of an economy of and for the wealthy and elite is a requisite for political stability and peace in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the world.
Furthermore, an economy of and for the wealthy and elite is a “negation of Christian peace.” They announce, “Peace is not found, it is built.”
But what tools are used to build Christian peace? In 1968 is was “social justice.” Today, is it a 21st century Catholic political theology.
The future of political theology is one that fights to displace the wealthy and elites’ theology of the god of the market and replace it with the poor church’s theology of peace.