Oscar Romero: Thou Shall Not Kill

Mural: Tribute to Archbishop Oscar Romero

Image by Franco Folini via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

“We are your people. The peasants you kill are your own brothers and sisters. When you hear the voice of the man commanding you to kill, remember instead the voice of God. Thou Shall Not Kill…. In the name of God, in the name of our tormented people whose cries rise up to heaven, I beseech you, I beg you, I command you, stop the repression.”– Oscar Romero, March 23, 1980

Kieran O’Brien

Utilising the iconic artwork of Salvadoran artist Fernando Llort, the story of Archbishop Oscar Romero is retold here to help share the inspirational life of the martyred Archbishop who took the side of the poor and oppressed in his country. Finally paying the ultimate price for his exemplary work on justice, peace and reconciliation, his life, his words and his works remain as an inspiration to millions across the globe.

From the archives:


Abby Martin: The U.S. School That Trains Dictators and Death Squads

Romero (1989) + Chomsky on Oscar Romero + Massacre during Romero’s funeral (must-see)

Everyone Has to Practice Nonviolence. Now. by Rev. John Dear

The Latin American Revolution, Part 3: Cuba, Nicaragua and El Salvador

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  8. It is clear that the current pope admires/d Romero who was close to Opus Dei. “Canonization” however, is a tactic that always furthers the political agendas of the institutionalized Roman hegemon.

    More courageous work needs to be done to expose the intimate role ~ since the Dulles years especially ~ of the Vatican hierarchy in the extreme right-wing, endemic neo-nazi fascist atrocities that have afflicted Latin America; historically, so egregiously and enthusiastically supported, if not engineered, by the USA. Confer Covert Action Quarterly (formerly C A Info. Bulletin) etc.

    The elitist hierarchical nexus that prominently implicates the Knights of Malta and so many co-ordinated (privatised or franchised) intelligence, investment and corporate networks, is highly suggestive of rationalized collusion, control and deception at the highest levels.

    So who really murdered Romero? The hired assassin, or the ideological power structures that buy and sell mercenary loyalty, like any other market commodity?


    • David , canonization does not always further political ends of the Church even though the Vatican is a country .

      But so what if it does ? If those political ends are for the well-being of the Church Universal and the worlds poor , as in the case of Romero , then only a hard hearted fool would knock it .

      That would be the same hard hearts that have been blocking his canonization for decades . Again , Pope Francis took into account the intrinsic value of the Good to use a Platonic term and unblocked Romero’s Canonization process . It’s about time !

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