Friday, April 2, 2010

Peace Activist of the Week- Oscar Romero

Bishop Oscar Romero (1917-1980) was a bishop in El Salvador who spoke out against the human rights abuses in his country. Pope John Paul II called him the Servant of God. This bishop spent his entire life promoting peace.

As a parish priest he started a chapter of Alcoholic Anonymous and encouraged devotion the Virgin of Peace. As a bishop, he spoke out against poverty, social injustice, torture, and murder.

When the Junta backed by the Carter administration took control of El Salvador, Romero spoke out against the terror that it created. He criticized the United States for giving the Junta aid, but his cries fell deaf ears. While celebrating Mass, he was shot during the elevation of the chalice. It is believed that his assassins were members of a death squad and that the hit was ordered by Roberto D'Aubuisson, a former Major and graduate of the School of Americas.

The School of Americas is a notorious school to train military for Latin America. It is known for training many of Latin America's dictators who tortured and killed many of their fellow country men. It's located in Columbus, Georgia. Many human watch groups keep an eye on it.

For Bishop Romero's commitment to peace in his country. This modern day martyr is our Peace Activist of the Week.

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