Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P.
John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology
The Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez is one of the most influential Catholic theologians of our time. A Dominican priest and native of Peru, Gutiérrez is known as the “father of liberation theology,” largely due to his wildly popular book A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation which is one of the founding texts for Latin American liberation theology. Forty years after its release, the book is still printed in many languages and has become a theological classic.
In addition to his work in the academy, Gutiérrez was an observer and theological advisor at the final sessions of the Second Vatican Council. Also recognized for his outstanding work outside of the field of theology, Gutiérrez is a member of the Peruvian Academy of Language and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002.
In 1993, he was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government for his “tireless work for human dignity and life, and against oppression, in Latin America and the Third World.” He also received the Premios Principe de Asturias (Prince of Asturias Award) in 2003. Equivalent to the Nobel Peace Prize, it is Spain’s highest award.
The John Cardinal O’Hara Professorships honor Notre Dame’s 12th president. They were established with earnings from a fund invested on behalf of the University in 1931, by Bernard E. Smith, a close friend of the Cardinal’s, and Rev. Charles L. O’Donnell, C.S.C., who preceded Cardinal O’Hara as Notre Dame President.