Reflection on the Anniversary of Archbishop Romero’s Martyrdom


Dear Friends,

Today marks the 29th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero. It is interesting to note that on February 17, 1980, Romero wrote to President Jimmy Carter making the following appeal: “Prohibit all U.S. military assistance to the Salvadoran government. Guarantee that the US government will not intervene, directly or indirectly, by military, economic, diplomatic, or other pressures, to influence the direction of the destiny of the Salvadoran people.” A little over a month later Romero was shot and killed by an assassin while he celebrated the Eucharist. In 1993, the UN Truth Commission Report established that Major Roberto D’Aubuisson, a graduate of the School of the Americas (Assassins), ordered Romero’s assassination. (more…)