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Archbishop Oscar Romero's stalled case for beatification finally moving forward

Pope Francis has reportedly unblocked the path to sainthood for Archbishop Oscar Romero or El Salvador.


On March 30, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was assassinated while saying Mass in a chapel in a hospital. He was murdered for speaking out against injustices perpetrated in his country by his own government.


You would think the case for sainthood for an Archbishop murdered while saying Mass for speaking out on behalf of the poor would be a no-brainer. But the case for sainthood for him has dragged on due to politics at the Vatican. The Late Pope John Paul II was opposed to the Liberation Theology movement, and while Oscar Romero never actually espoused Liberation Theology, he was associated with people who did. At the same time though, they couldn't exactly ignore him, given that Romero is a popular figure, both inside and outside the Catholic Church. For example, the Anglian Church has honoured him by placing a statue of Oscar Romero above the Great West door of Westminster Abbey along with 9 others to represent the Christian Martyrs of the 20th century.

I'm not a Catholic, but I am glad to hear this news. In life, Oscar Romero did his best to bring attention to a horrific situation, and any attention given to him in death helps keep the memory of those dark days alive.


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