Thursday, March 25, 2010

Subversive witness

I saw this mentioned on Facebook, on a post by Nick Temple.

Archbishop Oscar Romero, an advocate for the poor and marginalized, was assassinated thirty years ago while giving Mass in El Salvador. He was an outspoken critic of the military government and no-one has ever been convicted in connection with his murder although a UN-sponsored commission concluded it was the work of a right-wing death squad. The current President of El Salvador yesterday issued an official apology.

"Even when they call us mad, when they call us subversives and communists and all the epithets they put on us, we know we only preach the subversive witness of the Beatitudes, which have turned everything upside down."

"The church would betray its own love for God and its fidelity to the gospel if it stopped being . . . a defender of the rights of the poor . . . a humanizer of every legitimate struggle to achieve a more just society . . . that prepares the way for the true reign of God in history."


Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Excellent, Liz. Thank you. Archbishop Romero is one of my personal heroes, not so much because of his words (most of my heroes are quite eloquent) but because of his life. I must blog about him soon.

katney said...

Thank you. You find good examples for us in many ways.