Pope denounces clergy who criticized slain Salvadoran bishop Oscar Romero

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Francis, the first Latin American pope, unblocked Romero's sainthood process shortly after his election in March 2013. It had been stalled because church leaders saw Romero as having been too close to Liberation Theology.

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  • Yikes! I thought Laudato Si sounded Marxist. Now he’s going to make Romero the patron saint of Liberation Theology (Catholic Marxism).

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  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    Bravo Papa Francis! “Liberation Theology” is a nonsensical label pinned on Romero to denounce him. He was a true Christian speaking for justice and equality! And he was murdered for it just as the Messiah was crucified!
    Pray for us Blessed Oscar Romero!
    When the Church stops taking the side of the rich and powerful and speaks for the poor and oppressed, it will be accomplishing the mission given to it by YAH’SHUA (Jesus).

  • Unquestionably a Martyr but:
    “Marxist: Emilio Castro. He had been exiled from Uruguay because of his political extremism, but he managed the WCC until 1992. Castro strongly promoted the KGB-created liberation theology, which is today putting down strong roots in Venezuela, Bolivia, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In those countries, the peasants have supported the efforts of Marxist dictators Hugo Chávez, Evo Morales, Manuel Zelaya (now exiled to Costa Rica), and Daniel Ortega to transform their countries into KGB-style police dictatorships. In September 2008, Venezuela and Bolivia booted out the US ambassadors during the same week and called for Russian military protection.”

    Pacepa, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai; Rychlak, Ronald (2013-06-25). Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism (pp. 102-103). WND Books. Kindle Edition.

  • news guy

    How is this relevant to the heroic virtues of Romero? He was a prist and a bishop, who not only felt the suffering of his people but he had the guts to do something about it too.

    He never endorsed violence or class/social struggle. He always proclaimed the Gospel, nor exactly, the unconditional love of God, the minimum measure of which (as articulated by Popes Paul VI and Benedict XVI) is justice. This may sound strange to you, but I can assure you, they had more to do with th Gospel than Pacepa.

  • Larry

    “WND Books. Kindle Edition”

    OK so your source is essentially of an extremist right wingnut variety. Nothing on WND or related media can be taken at face value. They are known for making stuff up for the purposes of getting conservatives riled up.
    http://www.salon.com/2011/04/14/world_net_daily_mad/

    Plus anyone who uses a book citation without a weblink is usually trying to push some form of bovine effluence and doesn’t want people to see how unreliable their source is.

    Father John George, you are either extremely gullible or just lying for the Lord.

  • Geoff M

    “They asserted that he was killed for his political views and not for his faith.” In a culture of unbridled capitalism and consumerism which places profit as the highest good, the Catholic faith *is* a political view.

  • william mcmillan

    Viva Oscar Romero! Thank God those poor people have finally come to their senses and have overcome their fear of torture and death at the hands of the right wing DEATH SQUADS trained by US forces at the School of the Americas. Viva Liberation Theology. Viva Jesus Christ. Thank God that Pope Francis is a good man with good intentions. Now we must ask the Holy father to beautify the American nuns who were raped and tortured and murdered for trying to help the oppressed and the poor. Their work was not in vain either. The tide is turned. Viva Christ. Capitalism must be reformed.

  • Adam Hunter

    Totally agree with you. Unfortunately, Romero has been linked to Marxism when in truth it was nothing of the sort; he ripped into both sides of the asile with the Truth of the Gospel.

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Long live the memory of the inspiring life and heroic sacrifices of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero.

  • Bernardo

    While Francis is denouncing various aspects of theology, he should include denouncing atonement theology. He could use JD Crossan’s conclusion:

    From his book, Who is Jesus:

    “Moreover, an atonement theology that says God sacrifices his own son in place of humans who needed to be punished for their sins might make some Christians love Jesus, but it is an obscene picture of God. It is almost heavenly child abuse, and may infect our imagination at more earthly levels as well. I do not want to express my faith through a theology that pictures God demanding blood sacrifices in order to be reconciled to us.”