This month, The U.S. Catholic Book Club is reading The Preferential Option for the Poor beyond Theology, edited by Daniel G. Groody and Gustavo Gutiérrez.
It has been 43 years since Gustavo Gutiérrez wrote A Theology of Liberation. His book forever changed the face of Catholic theology, and yet the poor around the world are still suffering. Therefore, it is not enough to hold on to the theological idea of a preferential option for the poor; we need to put the idea in practice while acknowledging the multifaceted nature of poverty.
The essays in this volume show how poverty affects every aspect of human existence. Contributors write on law, economics, film, science, and education—to name a few of the many topics addressed—examining how their own lives and vocations have been shaped and guided by the option for the poor, no matter what their industry or academic discipline. Anyone, regardless of their career or location in life, can live out a commitment to the world’s poor and marginalized.
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Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C., is associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.
Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P., is the John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.