Thursday, April 01, 2010

Oscar Romero

In memory of a man martyred for speaking truth
“The murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero — by a bullet to the chest as he said Mass at the altar — was not just a personal attack on a man who was a thorn in the side of El Salvador's corrupt ruling elite. It was the murder of an icon — a man who was prepared to 'speak truth to power', a bishop who stood side by side with the poor and the oppressed” writes Christine Allen.
The Age/The Guardian, March 21, 2010 

Archbishop Oscar Romero wrote, “The church would betray its own love for God and its fidelity to the gospel if it stopped being... a defender of the rights of the poor [and] a humanizer of every legitimate struggle to achieve a more just society... that prepares the way for the true reign of God in history.” For Romero, “when the church hears the cry of the oppressed, it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises.”
Sojourners Magazine, March 2010 

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