Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren

Giménez, Gilberto

  • Ulf BoreliusEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_517


Gilberto Giménez was an ecclesiastical assistant to specialized Catholic Action for University Students in Paraguay and a liberation theologian. He was born in Paraguay, 1927, but did most of his priestly studies in Europe. He left the priesthood in 1972.


Siméon Gilberto Giménez Montiel was a pioneer of Liberation Theology; he was nearly forgotten and only recently rediscovered. He was born on June 1, 1927, in Mbatoví in the Paraguayan countryside. A few years later, his family moved to Asunción, the capital of Paraguay, where Giménez spent most of his childhood and early adolescence. The family belonged to the middle social strata, but its trajectory was declining (Borelius 2016).

Giménez completed his priestly studies in Europe, receiving a licentiate in philosophy from the Pontifical University of Comillas, Spain, and a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Gregoriana) in Rome, Italy. After ordination to the priesthood in Rome, in...


Liberation Theology Catholic Action University Students Movement Theologian 
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  1. 1.GothenburgSweden