Medellin: from Colonial Christianity to Liberating Christianity Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2018

start page

  • 13

end page

  • 34


  • 18

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1677-1222


  • The article problematizes the Medellin Conference based on the assumption that, in this event, the paradigm of a colonial Church was changed to a liberating Church. In that sense, the documents of Medellin continue to be, still today - and will be more so in the future - a good program for the renewal of ecclesial institutions. The article demonstrates that the Medellin Conference had two major impacts: in the pastoral, by renewing pastoral practices and orienting them towards the office of the basic ecclesial communities; in theology leading the Latin American Church to discover the importance of the social place of theology, a matter almost neglected until then and deemed irrelevant, since what mattered was to elaborate a formally rigorous theology.


  • Vatican Council II; Colonial Christianity; Liberating Christianity; Medellin