Acton’s Samuel Gregg joins the podcast to break down liberation theology, a Marxist movement that began in the 20th century and took root in the Catholic Church in Latin America. October 27 marked the close of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, a summit organized to foster conversation on ministry and ecological concerns in the Amazon region. But the synod also revealed how, as Gregg says, “liberation theology never really went away.” On the second segment, we take a look at what life was like behind the Iron Curtain. This Saturday, November 9, marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Tom O’Boyle, past correspondent for the Wall Street Journal who covered the events that led up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, comes on to the show to share stories of what he witnessed while he was there.

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  1. Front Seat Cat Member

    Fantastic podcast! You combined the story of Liberation Theology and its roots in Marxism with The 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – two sides of the same coin. Listening to Reagan’s speech gave me chills. Tom O’Boyle’s message that the church and faith led to the fall of the Berlin Wall also reminded me of the role it played in Poland and stopping the invasion, under Pope John Paul II, and when it is practiced minus politics and trends, it has great power. So many things are being distorted today, including spiritually, and that is resulting in lukewarmness, no salt, where people, including in the Amazon go on thinking that worship of the earth and false images are ok.

    These messages, especially the history of political atrocities, the importance of faith in containing evil, are being lost to youth today. Thank you for posting. please keep talking and bringing this information to social media.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 6:53 AM PST
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  2. colleenb Member
    colleenbJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Agree with @frontseatcat that this had 2 great interviews about 2 interesting and current subjects. It amazes me how younger people know little or nothing about the Cold War era and how bad Communism was and is. All our movies are about fighting the Nazis but few about fighting Communists and the bad things they did and do.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 10:09 AM PST
  3. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
    Joseph StankoJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I loved that line “The Church opted for the poor, and the poor opted for the Evangelicals.”

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    • November 13, 2019, at 10:44 PM PST
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