“It’s hard to ignore the fact that Jesus chose to be born poor; he worked as what many scholars now say was not simply a carpenter, but what could be called a day laborer; he spent his days and nights with the poor; he and his disciples lived with few if any possessions; he advocated tirelessly for the poor in a time when poverty was considered to be a curse; he consistently placed the poor in his parables over and above the rich; and he died an utterly poor man, with only a single seamless garment to his name. Jesus lived and died as a poor man. Why is this so hard for modern-day Christians to see?
Liberation theology is not Marxism disguised as religion. It is Christianity presented in all its disturbing fullness. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us that the ones who will enter the Kingdom of heaven are those who help ‘the least of my brothers and sisters,’ i.e., the poor. After that, read the Acts of the Apostles, especially the part about the apostles ‘sharing everything in common.’ Then let me know if helping the poor is communist or simply Christian.”
Rev. James Martin, S.J.: Glenn Beck vs. Christ the Liberator
Catholic priest and author of ‘The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything’