Founder of Theology of Liberation
Gustavo Gutierrez Receives Medal for
His Defense of the Poor
LIMA PERU – March 19, 2007 His lasting preoccupation for
those who are the poorest and the weakest, as well as his
persevering insistence that
the Church not only be vigilant for the spiritual side of human
beings, but also that it advocate a world with social justice,
earned him a new distinction. Gustavo Gutiérrez received
the Medal “Defender of the People.”
The directive resolution of the Ministry of Public Defense recognizes
in Gutierrez his valiant attitude in defense of the poorest and
“The Reverend Father Gustavo Gutiérrez Merino is a notable
Peruvian, philosopher and catholic priest, who during his life has adopted
a valiant attitude in defense of the poorest and most excluded from society.
His ideas and attitude have led him to advocate the construction of a just
society in which human rights, liberty and democracy are fundamental pillars
of citizens. His vision is nourished by a constant search for social inclusion
of the poorest and in the promotion of the values of solidarity and vigilance
for human rights. His life is a lesson of commitment and of profound understanding
of society and the human condition” .
Since 1971 Father Gutierrez has published a body of essays of theological
character in which he proposes that Christians construct the Kingdom
of God based on the poorest and most forgotten of society. His
theses have been claimed by millions of catholic religious and
laity all over the world in the last 35 years.
Along with the Dominican religious Gustavo Gutierrez, founder of
the Theology of Liberation, the Dominican religious María
Estrella del Carmen Valcárcel Muñiz, known as Mother
Covadonga, was also recognized.
Sources: Defensoría del Pueblo, Diario La República,
The bestowal of the medal of Father Gutierrez took place, Tuesday
March 20 at 7pm in the Cultural Center Inca Garcilasco de la Vega,
in Lima. Meanwhile the act of recognition for Madre Covadonga was
Thursday, March 22 in the city of Huamanga-Syacucho, Perú.
Translation: Doris Regan OP (Columbus)