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Mary and Human Liberation: The Story and the Text [Paperback]

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The main text of Balasuriya's work was published originally in 1990 by the Centre for Society and Religion in Sri Lanka. The current publication includes this original work as well as correspondence between the Vatican and the now excommunicated priest concerning his unorthodox views. After being ordained in Rome in 1952 and completing various studies at Oxford, Father Balasuriya returned to his native Sri Lanka where he became the founder and director of the Centre for Society and Religion and a founding member of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians. Here, Balasuriya challenges traditional Western images of Mary as submissive, virginal and obedient Mother of God as he tries to draw an image of Mary that can be used and understood in Third World cultures to bring justice, especially to women and the impoverished. Using the text of Mary's Magnificat from the New Testament book of Luke ("He casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly, he fills the starving with good things and sends the rich away empty... and scatters the proud-hearted..."), Balasuriya portrays Mary as a strong woman who was willing to sacrifice her son to bring to her society a radical message of religious, cultural and social liberation from injustice. Balasuriya does a fine job of tracing the development of Marian thought and raises important questions ("why in Marian apparitions does Mary never speak out against the injustices of the countries in which she appears?"), but he often pursues his main argument through generalities like "all rich are evil and exploitative" and "all poor are victims." In the end, this book reveals as much about Balasuriya as it does about Mary.

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Studio: Trinity Press International
Pages   262
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.23" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1997
Publisher   Trinity Press International
ISBN  1563382253  
ISBN13  9781563382253  


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When an elder Catholic priest in Sri Lanka, a Gregorian theologian, recounts the story of Mary in her own words and gets slapped  Dec 13, 2007
The concerned reader and searcher for the truth of the Blessed Virgin Mary may well turn to Mary: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow and of course Mary: Model of Justice (Reflections on the Magnificat) and also of course to this present text prepared by the great Sri Lankan and Reverend Father Balasuriya, a Catholic priest and theologian who was trained in the pre-Vatican Council period at the hallowed, ancient, orthodox and traditional Gregorian Institute.

This present book gathers therefore this important Marian text together with associated reactionary documents and thus deserves a slim place upon your Catholic theology or Church History shelves alongside such similar collections as Faithful Dissent and the gathering of Church documents in the Schillebeeckx Case, as this book as well presents in one place nearly all of the correspondence and related documents stemming from this landmark statement of Marian theology.

This present volume includes therefore the original text in question, on Mary and Human Liberation, for your lectio divina and contemplation of the Mystery of the Virgin Mary and her relevance for us today, in her powerful praying of the Magnificat. This book also contains for your careful consideration all related primary materials of official reactions and responses.

I only wish it also included the Sollemnis Professio Fidei written by Pope Paul VI and signed before witnesses by the then 72 year old Reverend Father Tissa Balasuriya OMI as normative of our Faith, rather than the unorthodox and peculiar Profession of Faith forcefully required under pain of prosecution by the arbitrary CDF of those dark and damaging days. Having failed to find any substantial basis of error in the writings themselves, and having been fully and satisfactorily answered by the Reverend Father Balasuriya in texts reproduced herein, it forced the procedural machinations of an irregular Profession of Faith, far from the first level tenets of our Faith and thus unacceptable to any Catholic as abnormally laden with the personal politics of the prefect, particularly a priest and brilliant Catholic theologian well trained nearly fifty years earlier at the pre-Conciliar Gregorian Institute in Rome. As the Reverend Father Balasuriya, as a well trained Catholic theologian, correctly declined to sign such an irregular, extraordinary and unjustified document which did not represent a Profession of True Faith required of any other Catholic, the autocratic CDF arbitrarily and without just cause temporarily took the extreme action of automatic excommunication of this fine and Catholic priest.

Especially important to read is the "Response to Joseph Ratzinger" which closes this collection. Having failed to substantiate any findings of heresy in the text brought into question (also included in this collection and important for us to read), the CDF suddenly late in the day alluded to the spectre of Marxism as the basis for some of the theology of Father Balasuriya, rather than his close and careful training in the Vatican. The same ruse had been attempted in the first CDF instruction on Liberation Theology, until the Reverend Father Gustavo Gutierrez (original author of A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation, etc.), among other theologians, asked the CDF to find any reference at all in their writings to Karl Marx.

The Reverend Father Tissa Balasuriya, OMI, over seventy years old at the time, a lifelong Catholic with a half century of priesthood, a respected and influential Catholic theologian, pre-Conciliar Vatican trained, even more eloquently if here succinctly declares:

"Was the Jesus Gospel of social justice 'deduced from European theses which can be taken back to the Marxist interpretation according to which religious and priests construct for themselves a position of power over the souls of the faithful (as alleged in the later CDF document)?' Was the Asian Jesus influenced by Karl Marx when he condemned the falsified religiosity of the high priests, the hypocritical Pharisees and other religious exploiters of the day? Was it Marxist influence that made Jesus chase the money changers from the Temple of Jerusalem? Was the MAGNIFICAT of Mary with its radical message of social, political and cultural transformation influenced by the 19th century Karl Marx? (pp. 258f)"

Pope John Paul the First (called "the Greater" by many) the night before he was killed drafted sweeping changes for the Vatican Bank, making it transparent, open to audit and out of the hands of the Mob. Pope JP the First moved to drive the money changers from the Temple. He woke up dead and his replacements confirmed the status quo at the Vatican Bank. (See Yallop's In God's Name: An Investigation Into the Murder of Pope John Paul I and The Power and the Glory: Inside the Dark Heart of Pope John Paul II's Vatican. His replacements instead sought to sweep from our Church those who most preached the Gospel message of Liberation and Justice and Salvation, such as the good and Reverend Father Tissa Balasuriya.

Please read this full collection of documents, challenging our preconceptions and essential to our Faith. Pray with these documents and restore your Faith to its fullness in our communal march to the Kingdom of Heaven. Take up this book and read, as we take up our Cross each day and walk with Jesus and Mary.

See also please the Reverend Father Tissa Balasuriya's The Eucharist and Human Liberation as well as his great work of Catholic Christology now so hard to find. Please see as well such other works of Asian Catholic theology as Water Buffalo Theology, The Asian Jesus, The Jesus of Asian Women (Women from the Margins Series) and similar works by the great Catholic Publishing House Orbis Books. See also the works of the Catholic Theologian Peter Phan such as Vietnamese-American Catholics (Pastoral Spirituality Series), Christianity With an Asian Face: Asian American Theology in the Making, Many Faces, One Church: Cultural Diversity and the American Catholic Experience (Sheed & Ward Catholic Studies Series) and The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy: Principles and Guidelines--A Commentary.

Nowadays what the Reverend Father Tissa Balasuriya wrote seems quite mild and mainstream, and he the victim of undue muscle flexing by the CDF. Nowadays we even read precisely what he and others wrote reflected in recent papal exhortations!
 
ON ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY LET'S STUDY HERE IN FULL THE CRUEL UNJUST TORTURE OF THIS OCTOGENARIAN, GREAT CATHOLIC THEOLOGIAN PRIEST  Nov 7, 2007
This important text with associated documents demands and deserves a place on your recent Church History shelf alongside such classic works as Faithful Dissent and the Schillebeeckx Case as collecting all documents related to certain arbitrary actions by the SCDF in the 80's and 90's.

This present volume includes, unlike the others cited, the original text in question, for your careful consideration of all relevant primary materials, and for your edification in lectio divina of a great and important work of Catholic Theology.

I only wish it also included the Sollemnis Professio Fidei written by Pope Paul VI and signed before witnesses by the then 72 year old Reverend Father Tissa Balasuriya OMI as normative of our Faith, rather than the unorthodox and peculiar Profession of Faith required by the arbitrary CDF of those dark days. Having failed to find a substantial basis of error in the writings themselves, and having been fully and satisfactorily answered by the Reverend Father Balasuriya in texts reproduced herein, it forced the procedural machinations of an irregular Profession of Faith, far from the first level tenets of our Faith and thus unacceptable to any Catholic as abnormally laden with the personal politics of the prefect, particularly a priest and brilliant Catholic theologian well trained nearly fifty years earlier at the pre-Conciliar Gregorian Institute in Rome. As the Reverend Father Balasuriya, as a well trained Catholic theologian, correctly declined to sign such an irregular, extraordinary and unjustified document which did not represent a Profession of True Faith required of any other Catholic, the autocratic CDF arbitrarily and without just cause temporarily took the extreme action of automatic excommunication of this fine and Catholic priest.

Especially important to read is the "Response to Joseph Ratzinger" which closes this collection. Having failed to substantiate any findings of heresy in the text brought into question (also included in this collection and important for us to read), the CDF suddenly late in the day alluded to the spectre of Marxism as the basis for some of the theology of Father Balasuriya, rather than his close and careful training in the Vatican. The same ruse had been attempted in the first CDF instruction on Liberation Theology, until the Reverend Father Gustavo Gutierrez (original author of A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation, etc.), among other theologians, asked the CDF to find any reference at all in their writings to Karl Marx.

The Reverend Father Tissa Balasuriya, OMI, over seventy years old at the time, a lifelong Catholic with a half century of priesthood, a respected and influential Catholic theologian, pre-Conciliar Vatican trained, even more eloquently if here succinctly declares:

"Was the Jesus Gospel of social justice 'deduced from European theses which can be taken back to the Marxist interpretation according to which religious and priests construct for themselves a position of power over the souls of the faithful (as alleged in the later CDF document)?' Was the Asian Jesus influenced by Karl Marx when he condemned the falsified religiosity of the high priests, the hypocritical Pharisees and other religious exploiters of the day? Was it Marxist influence that made Jesus chase the money changers from the Temple of Jerusalem? Was the MAGNIFICAT of Mary with its radical message of social, political and cultural transformation influenced by the 19th century Karl Marx? (pp. 258f)"

Pope John Paul the First (called "the Greater" by many) the night before he was killed drafted sweeping changes for the Vatican Bank, making it transparent, open to audit and out of the hands of the Mob. Pope JP the First moved to drive the money changers from the Temple. He woke up dead and his replacements confirmed the status quo at the Vatican Bank. (See Yallop's In God's Name: An Investigation Into the Murder of Pope John Paul I and The Power and the Glory: Inside the Dark Heart of Pope John Paul II's Vatican. His replacements instead sought to sweep from our Church those who most preached the Gospel message of Liberation and Justice and Salvation, such as the good and Reverend Father Tissa Balasuriya.

Please read this full collection of documents, challenging our preconceptions and essential to our Faith. Pray with these documents and restore your Faith to its fullness in our communal march to the Kingdom of Heaven. Take up this book and read, as we take up our Cross each day and walk with Jesus and Mary.

See also please the Reverend Father Tissa Balasuriya's The Eucharist and Human Liberation, and such other works of Asian Catholic theology as Water Buffalo Theology, The Asian Jesus, The Jesus of Asian Women (Women from the Margins Series) and similar works by the great Catholic Publishing House Orbis Books. See also the works of the Catholic Theologian Peter Phan such as Vietnamese-American Catholics (Pastoral Spirituality Series), Christianity With an Asian Face: Asian American Theology in the Making, Many Faces, One Church: Cultural Diversity and the American Catholic Experience (Sheed & Ward Catholic Studies Series) and The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy: Principles and Guidelines--A Commentary.

Nowadays what the Reverend Father Tissa Balasuriya wrote seems quite mild and mainstream, and he the victim of undue muscle flexing by the CDF. Nowadays we even read precisely what he and others wrote reflected in recent papal exhortations!
 
Pseudo of Balasuriya and Helen Stanton  May 14, 2002
This book is very good if you need to know about erroneous opinion regarding Christianity. This controversial book will be easily found 'ridiculous' and 'illogical' if it is read at least by a schoolar, which understand the topic that been presented. Tissa Balasurya (ex.) is so obvious, he wrote this essay based upon his own 'opinion', and not on the based of fact, his argument cannot be supported by any fact what so ever, nothing to support his thesis, it is worst than a high school student essay. I personally didn't uderstand how could it be for Mr. Balasurya and Helen Staton to claim themself as a 'theologian', are this title become so vain these days that can be used by a high school graduate? Please read this book and you will understand well what I'm talking about. This book should be titled "Pseudo of Balasurya and Staton", because this book are not worthy to be given a rational consideration.
 
Mary without dogmas  Jun 1, 2001
In this polemic book, Fr. Tissa (one of the principal thinkers of the Feminist Theology), seek for the original Mary, the mother of Jesus. The search was centered in the Gospel, especially on the "Magnificat", with that the author tried to scape from all the thoughts that the european tradition add to the Mary image. Polemic, strong and clear, this book will show you a new Mary, closer to the reality, the poors and the liberation struggle.
 

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