Pope Francis met with Jesuit Father Jon Sobrino this week, the liberation theologian who had previously been censured by the Vatican for the theological “imprecisions and errors” in his writings, and thanked him for his “witness.”
According to an eyewitness to the meeting, Jesuit Father Javier Sánchez, the pope met Father Sobrino after an audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall with some 6,000 Salvadoran pilgrims who had come to Rome for the canonization of the slain archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero.
In 2006, the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation (CDF) issued a notification warning the faithful of problems with Father Sobrino’s theological opinions as expressed in two of his books that were widely used in Latin American seminaries.
Only when Father Sobrino refused to correct his errors did the Vatican then issue a notification for the sake of Catholics who could be led astray by his works.
Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope in the history of the Catholic Church.