May 6: Oscar Romero

6 May

OScar Romero was a Bishop for the Roman Catholic Church in El Salvador.

He was actually a fairly conservative priest, until the assassination of another priest- jesuit Rutilio Grande, shocked Romero into changing his path. He became interested in social justice, and spoke out against poverty, assassinations, and torture.

The El Salvadorian government was characterized with human rights abuses. Romero spoke out against the torture and assassinations. He spoke out against the US giving aid to the government.

On March 23rd, 1980 Romero spoke out specifically to El Salvadorian soldiers, telling them to listen to god instead of the government and stop violating human rights.

He was assassinated on March 24, 1980 while celebrating Mass. He was shot by a paramilitary group/death squad under the orders of  Roberto D’Aubisson (a graduate from the School of the Americas).

People who believe differently than the mainstream, political and economic powers do, risk arrest, harassment, torture, and death. Even religious people. There are many backgrounds from which people come and wind up doing social justice work. The power structure is deeply threatened by social justice.

If the death of Rutilio Grande inspired Oscar Romero to fight injustice, what could the death of Oscar Romero inspire you to do? How many people have to die before you will be inspired to act?

When lives are on the line, speaking out against injustice becomes an extremely dangerous thing to do. However, the more people who dare to do it, the stronger the movement against injustice could be.

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One Response to “May 6: Oscar Romero”

  1. Dean May 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    “Let my death be for the liberation of my people” -Romero

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