Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:43 PM
Judi Lynn (90,098 posts)
A Voice in the Wilderness: Liberation Priest Calls for the U.S. to Stop the Repression
January 08, 2013
Liberation Priest Calls for the U.S. to Stop the Repression
A Voice in the Wilderness
by DANIEL KOVALIK
On February 17, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador sent a letter to U.S. President Jimmy Carter, the self-dubbed “human rights president,” in which he implored Carter not to support the repressive forces in El Salvador with lethal aid. Romero — once a conservative but then radicalized by the murder of his friend and fellow priest, Father Rutilio Grande — implored President Carter “to forbid that military aid be given to the Salvadoran government” and “to guarantee that your government will not intervene directly or indirectly . . . in determining the destiny of the Salvadoran people.” (1) Romero explained that
Sadly, Carter did not heed the good Archbishop’s pleas, and, on March 20, 1980, U.S.-backed assailants shot and killed Oscar Romero while he was saying mass.
Since that time, scores of priests have been killed throughout Latin America by U.S.-backed forces. In Colombia alone, 79 Catholic priests have been killed since 1984. This type of violence and repression has virtually wiped out the liberation Church which Romero described to Carter in his letter. And indeed, as Noam Chomsky has pointed out time and time again, the U.S. School of the Americas has bragged about how it helped “destroy liberation theology” which emphasizes the “preferential treatment of the poor.”
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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:44 PM
Rozlee (2,375 posts)
1. My greatest personal hero has always been Archbishop Oscar Romero.
Which is saying a lot considering I'm an atheist. As a Latina, his drive for freedom from the oppression of the right-wing and it's supporters outside the country fired my admiration for him. Here in Texas, it's disgusting that school textbooks have wiped his name and works from their pages. But, the elders in my family know his name and his works and great sacrifice. We'll make sure his story continues to be told.