Oscar Romero declared a martyr as Vatican inches him toward sainthood

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Mural of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero by Juana Alicia.

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Mural of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero by Juana Alicia.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Romero's sainthood cause languished amid lingering Vatican suspicion of Liberation Theology, which flourished under Romero and was suppressed by both Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

  • Susan Price

    I was under the impression that Christ himself was a proponent of “liberation theology”. “Feed the poor” and “heal the sick”? “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom”? It sounds like Romero was simply imitating Christ.

  • Larry

    Romero even got the martyring part down right.

    The man was murdered for openly criticizing his government in the midst of one of the most murderous wars in Latin American history. Clergy and church layworkers were targets of government sponsored “death squads” throughout the 80’s and 90’s.

    There was little to no chance of his efforts being recognized by John Paul II or Benedict XVI. John Paul II was far too mired in Cold War politics to ever support someone who criticized an anti-communist government. Benedict XVI being far too interested in supporting orthodoxy and a rigid status quo. Liberation theology being an anathema to his philosophies.

    Its nice to finally see some recognition of him by the Church he served. The rest of the world has been paying tribute to him for decades.

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