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Sobrino, Jon (b. 1938)

  1. Alberto L. García

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1276

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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García, A. L. 2011. Sobrino, Jon (b. 1938). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


A Jesuit Catholic priest, professor and author and one of the most significant theologians of liberation, Jon Sobrino was born in Barcelona on December 27, 1938 into a Basque family during the Civil War. He entered the Jesuit Order when he was 18, and in 1957 he migrated to El Salvador. After studying electrical engineering at St. Louis University and receiving his degree in 1965, he pursued graduate theological studies at the Hochsuchle Sankt Georgen in Frankurt, obtaining his Doctor of Theology in 1975. He served as director of the Centro Monseñor Romero and as professor of Theology for over three decades (until 2007) at the Central American University in San Salvador. In March 2007 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Vatican admonished him for his teaching on the divinity and incarnation of Christ. Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle, the primate of San Salvador, prohibited him from teaching theology and lecturing in his archdiocese, which also means that he cannot teach at the Jesuit University that he was instrumental in founding. The archbishop also removed the nihil obstat (zeal of approval) from all his writings. The Congregation of the Faith did not, however, prohibited him from teaching, as they had with L. Boff in 1984.


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