Happy (belated) Oscar Romero Day
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.