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.
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.
Human history is in truth nothing but the history of the slow, uncertain, and surprising fulfillment of the Promise.
Is the Church fulfilling a purely religious role when by its silence or friendly relationships it lends legitimacy to dictatorial and oppressive government?
The complete encounter with the Lord will mark an end to history, but it will take place in history.
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 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.
As we progress, various shades of meaning and deeper levels of understanding will complement this initial effort.
In the Bible poverty is a scandalous condition inimical to human dignity and therefore contrary to the will of God.
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.