Care of Creation: Option for Life

The 1980s seemed to be the peak of talk about “preferential option for the poor,” influenced by liberation theology which focused on the injustices lived by the poor. Peruvian Dominican Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez was one of its founders, and religious everywhere embraced it — some even moving from their comfort zones to the barrios, slums and rural villages to live the Gospel in solidarity with the poor.

In the 1990s, I heard the late Jesuit Fr. K.M. Matthew — then a botany professor at St. Joseph’s College in Trichy, India — say: “Option for life is bigger than option for the poor.” He had done a considerable amount of work in the field of nature conservation.

Source: Global Sisters Report

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