Caminemos con Jesus: Toward a Hispanic/Latino Theology of Accompaniment

Goizueta, Roberto S. Caminemos con Jesus: Toward a Hispanic/Latino Theology of Accompaniment. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1995.

Roberto Goizueta’s Caminemos con Jesús traces a teología de acompañamiento (“theology of accompaniment”) which draws upon U. S. Hispanic popular Catholicism as a primary locus theologicus to aid the church in “walking with” the poor as exiles at the margins of society for social, political and economic liberation. The Cuban-American theologian outlines his model of popular Catholicism focusing on the primary religious figures of Jesus and Mary as these are interpreted within the U. S. Hispanic religious community of San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas. Goizueta, along with a number of other scholars, participated in the Lilly Endowment-funded San Fernando Cathedral project. His book questions the economic, political and theological assumptions of modern and postmodern U. S. culture in light of the aesthetic dimension of liberating praxis. Goizueta holds out the San Fernando Cathedral as a particular place at the crossroads of the home (the private) and the city (the public) where God as Mextizo/a and Exile transcends all barriers to walk with the poor and where the poor, and those who opt for the poor, “walk with Jesus.”