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On 3 October 1992, Sinead O’Connor sang an a cappella version of Bob Marley’s “War”on Saturday Night Live and shocked the world by ripping up a photo of Pope John Paul II and calling him and the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy evil.

Long before the word got out that the Catholic Church had been covering up incidents of child abuse and child rape by its pederast priests, O’Connor blew the whistle on the child-molesting clergy and fingered the Vatican for keeping it under wraps.

Before leaving the stage, O’Connor threw pieces of the pope’s torn photo at the camera and said, “Fight the real enemy!” The studio audience sat in stunned silence; NBC switchboards lit up like Christmas trees, and the network banned O’Connor for life.

Ten years later O’Connor would be asked by Salon if she had the ’92 SNL appearance to do all over again would she do anything differently. O’Connor said, “Hell, no!”


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The founder of liberation theology, the Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez of Peru, received a hero’s welcome at the Vatican as Pope Francis continues his rehabilitation campaign to restore the once-criticized movement to prominence.

Liberation Theology is based on Marxist doctrine that interprets Scripture through the plight of the poor. In the 1950s when Marxism was making strides among the poor in South America, Gutierrez taught the gospel of wealth redistribution and social justice in Catholic communities.

In the 1980s Pope John Paul II and the Catholic hierarchy criticized Liberation Theology as a false, humanist doctrine dressed up in theological terms, and they chided the bishops and priests who proselytized it for misinterpreting Jesus’ preference for the poor as a Marxist call for armed rebellion.

Unlike Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who spent much of his tenure at Mueller’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith battling liberation theology and disciplining some of its most famous defenders, the view toward Liberation Theology has changed now with the election of a Jesuit pope.

Pope Francis embraces the theology of Gutierrez and his backers as being perfectly in line with the church’s social teaching about the poor. And for 20 years, Barack Obama was a member of a church headed by his mentor the Reverend Jeremiah Wright who preached and taught Black Liberation Theology, which is the same Marxist, revolutionary, humanistic philosophy found in Gutierrez’s Liberation Theology.

Obama and Francis are scheduled to meet next month. Knowing that both share a Liberation Theology background, it’s a safe bet that social justice and global wealth redistribution will be a focal point of the discussion.


This 11:47 youtube video is taken from The Millstone Report web cast at the Resistance Radio Network.

The two-hour show aired Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. TMR was broadcast live M-F from 10:00 am – noon on channel 2.

For more clips from The Millstone Report web cast visit I.M. Kane 2012 on youtube. To see a rebroadcast of the last show, visit the Ought to be Headlines web page.

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