Remembering Oscar Romero
On May 23rd, Oscar Romero was beatified. Pope Francis said he “guided, defended and protected his flock, remaining loyal to the Gospel, in communion with the Church,” and in particular gave attention to the poorest and most marginalised in society.
Romero was a controversial figure who was called back to the Vatican on three occasions, to questions his work. He was fatally shot while celebrating Mass at a small chapel located in a hospital called “La Divina Providencia”, one day after a sermon in which he had called on Salvadoran soldiers, as Christians to obey God’s higher order and to stop carrying out the government’s repression and violations of basic human rights. Brendan Butler, who was one of the few Irish people at the Beatifican said that sermon signed his death warrant as he also pointed the finger at the Americans for exporting arms, thus losing their protection. He explains more to Miriam Gormally outlining why the occasion was so important.