Seismic Shock now begins a series exposing liberation theology and its links with terrorism. We begin by looking at Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN), and the radical priest Camilo Torres, famous for having claimed that “if Jesus were alive today, he would be a guerrilero.” Torres also admired the bloodthirsty hate-filled xenophobe Che Guevara. Torres is considered an inspiration to revolutionaries and radical priests alike.
In an article for the BBC from 2006 entitled Colombia’s rebel kidnappers, Jeremy McDermott wrote:
Inspired by the Cuban revolution, a group of Colombians went to Havana to receive training in insurgent warfare, returning to Colombia in 1964.
Under the leadership of Fabio Vasquez Castano, they founded the National Liberation Army (ELN).
The ELN split their efforts between military and social work
The movement attracted many Catholic priests who adhered to Liberation Theology, starting in 1966 with a handsome young crusading priest from a prominent family, Father Camilo Torres.
He was killed in his first action with the guerrilla group, but several other priests followed in his footsteps. Among them was Spaniard Manuel Perez, who led the movement from the 1970s until his death in 1998.
The ELN, whom Torres fought and died for, is considered as a terrorist organisation by the USA, the EU, and the Colombian state, and considered one of the most prominent terrorist groups in Latin America.