Naivety so often allows evil to prosper and I see it so dramatically in the support of prisoners claiming innocence—after they’ve pled guilty and the evidence is definitive—and conversions, from the educated and often the more highly educated the more naïve.
This article from Vatican Insider sees naivety causing bad decisions about Liberation Theology.
Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani has criticised the Prefect of the Congregation for the Faith, Gerhard Ludwig Müller for opening up to Liberation Theology. Müller, whom Benedict XVI nominated leader of the Congregation in 2012, is the co-author – alongside liberation theologian Gustavo Gutiérrez – of the book “Dalla parte dei poveri. Teologia della liberazione, teologia della Chiesa” (“On the Side of the Poor: Liberation Theology, Theology of the Church”), a recent Italian edition of a book they wrote in German in 2004. A great deal was written about the book in the columns of Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano. Gutiérrez met with Pope Francis last September.
Cipriani is Archbishop of Lima and the first cardinal to head a diocese belonging to the Opus Dei. He had already criticised the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith once a week or so ago about his stance towards Liberation Theology. The Peruvian cardinal still seems to feel strongly about it, as is clear in this interview he gave in Spanish.
Answering a question about some previous statements he made, Cipriani said: “I still say (Müller) is naive. Gustavo Gutiérrez concelebrated mass with the Pope and 25 other priests. At the end of the mass, the Pope greeted everyone and he did the same with Gutiérrez. Let’s not make up stories about an audience and some reconciliation now.”