“Let my blood be a seed of freedom and the sign that hope will soon be reality.”
“Between the powerful and the wealthy, and the poor and vulnerable, who should a pastor side with? I have no doubts. A pastor should stay with his people.”
Archbishop Oscar Romero
“His ministry was distinguished by his particular attention to the most poor and marginalized.”
“There are clear [evidential] threads on who gave the original order and who paid for the murder that any concerted investigation in El Salvador would absolutely be able to gather enough evidence to prosecute those involved.”
Matt Eisenbrandt — Assassination of a Saint
March 24 2018 — Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez was a prelate of the Catholic Church who served as the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture. Romero was assassinated while offering Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence. No one was ever convicted for the crime. UPDATE (October 11 2018): Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador will be proclaimed Saint on October 14. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
UPDATE (October 11 2018) : Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador will be proclaimed Saint on October 14 2018.
The canonisation of the assassinated archbishop will take place on Sunday in Rome.
For years, conservatives within the church sought to block Romero’s canonisation because of his association with liberation theology, a movement whose followers argued that it was not enough for the church to empathise with and care for the poor. Instead, they said, the church needed to push for political and structural changes to eradicate poverty, even – some believed – if this meant supporting armed struggle against oppressors. (Guardian)
“Oscar Romero is revered in his native El Salvador. He ranks alongside the likes of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi as one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century. His canonisation will give Romero the wider recognition he so richly deserves. He denounced the violence which was tearing his country apart, he spoke out against oppression, and stood against injustice alongside people living in poverty.”
Clare Dixon — Head of the Catholic aid agency Cafod’s Latin America region
END of UPDATE
The assassination of the archbishop Óscar Romero as he celebrated mass in March 1980 remains one of the most notorious political murders of the 20th century.
“The murder plunged El Salvador into a full-blown civil war which eventually left 80,000 dead and 8,000 disappeared.” [Guardian — January 2017]
In May 1987, the CIA wrote a cable listing the various suspects of this crime. The cable states that, although there is no hard evidence, the allegations against D’Aubuisson are credible.
Chomsky on Oscar Romero
Cold War – Nicaragua, El Salvador, Archbishop Romero
Óscar Romero — Wikipedia
Salvadoran priest Oscar Romero to be declared saint by Pope Francis — Guardian (October 11 2018)
Remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero (August 15, 1917 — Assassinated March 24, 1980)
Remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero (August 15, 1917 — Assassinated March 24, 1980) UPDATE : Canonisation on October 14 2018