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Happy (belated) Oscar Romero Day

March 25, 2010

Okay, so there isn’t an official day (to my knowledge), but yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the assassination of  Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador. Monseñor Romero was a champion of the people and a champion of peace, and was well-loved in El Salvador and around the world. He was assassinated while giving mass a day after delivering what has become one of his most famous homilies, in which he said,

“I would like to make a special appeal to the men of the army, and specifically to the ranks of the National Guard, the police and the military. Brothers, you come from our own people. You are killing your own brother peasants when any human order to kill must be subordinate to the law of God which says, “Thou shalt not kill.” No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the law of God. No one has to obey an immoral law. It is high time you recovered your consciences and obeyed your consciences rather than a sinful order. …  In the name of God, in the name of this suffering people whose cries rise to heaven more loudly each day, I implore you, I beg you, I order you in the name of God: stop the repression.”

In a historic move, Salvadoran president Mauricio Funes (the first member of the FMLN to be elected president in El Salvador) made a public apology on behalf of the state of El Salvador for the assassination of Archbishop Romero.

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  1. Lizzie permalink
    March 30, 2010 3:04 pm

    I’m still reeling from the recent Texas Board of Education decision. To top it off, I found out yesterday, that when comprising a list of individuals who fought oppression, a list which does include Martin Luther King, Ghandi and Nelson Mandela, they decided to leave out Oscar Romero. According to this article, one board member was quoted saying that “Romero didn’t have his own movies like the others,” therefore, making him less important than the others. Even though he does have his own movie……

    Here’s the New York times article article as well.

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