Celebrating the Feastday of Oscar Romero at Gosvenor Chapel today at 8:30am
This morning I visited the shrine of a man who is not a saint, though one day he may become one. His shrine is not in his home village, nor even in the country of his birth, but stands over five thousand miles distant, looking out over central London from the facade of Westminster Abbey.
This seems an unlikely site for the memorial to a catholic priest from Latin America, but Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who died on this day in 1980, was a rather unlikely martyr.
Until 1977, Romero had been a minor Bishop, serving in a remote, rural diocese. A man noted only for his piety. The Salvadorian church, challenged at its grass-roots by Marxist liberation theology, plucked the conservative Romero from obscurity to be the nation’s Archbishop, believing him a safe pair of hands.
But, like many great men of faith, Romero was a man…
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