Saturday, March 24, 2007

Today Is the 27th Anniversary of Oscar Romero's Assassination



Oscar Romero was a great man. I have been familiar with the story of his plight since I was a younger man in 1982.
quotes from: http://reasons-and-opinions.blogspot.com/2006/12/oscar-romero-on-torture.html
Friday, December 15, 2006
Oscar Romero on Torture

Oscar Romero was the archbishop of San Salvador, assassinated while saying Mass in 1980 by death squads angered by his public voice against poverty, social injustice, political killings, and torture in El Salvador at the time. He was also an incredibly eloquent speaker and writer. Here is something he had to say about torture:

"There is no dichotomy between man and God’s image.
Whoever tortures a human being,
whoever abuses a human being,
whoever outrages a human being,
abuses God’s image."

Are you listening George Bush and Dick Cheney? Are you listening Jimmy Akin and all those Catholics who try to provide some "moral space" to defend Bush's torture policies? And where is the voice of the American church in this time of trial? Its silence is almost shameful.

2 comments:

Pastor Bob Cornwall said...

Scott,

Thanks for the visit to my blog. Yes, Oscar Romero offers us an important witness to the call to justice. That he heard the call of God to stand with the poor and against the elite is amazing, especially when the rest of the church remained in league with those in power.

Scott Starr said...

Thank you Pastor. Your blog is a good one and I am looking forward to learning some things in there.