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IRRAZABAL, Gustavo. Development or liberation? Current Echoes of an Old Debate. Veritas [online]. 2017, n.37, pp.175-198. ISSN 0718-9273.

After the Second Vanean Council, the theology of “development” presented by Gaudium et spes was overlooked in the Latín American Church in favor of the concept of "Uberalion”. Under-lying this option lay a unilateral vision of povery, conceived exclusively as the outcome of the “structures o/sin”. This diagnosis fostered class struggle and revolutionary action, while providing no clue as to how to overcome poverty through the creation of wealth. A more adequate approach should seek for institutional arrangements that provide conditions for both Beration and development. The social system of “democratic capitalism” (Michael Novak) is the only one capable of generating true economic development, making it possible for its citizens to display their creative energy and become protagonists of their own destiny.

Keywords : Devehpment; Uberation; Option for the Poor; Capitalism.

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