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Oscar Arnulfo Romero

(1917—1980)


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(1917–80),

Abp. of San Salvador from 1977. At the time of his appointment, he was known as a conservative; as recently as 1976 he had attacked Liberation Theology as expounded by Jon Sobrino. Partly as a result of the murder of a friend, and partly because of the general polarization caused by the worsening situation, he soon espoused the principles of Liberation Theology and became an opponent of the dictator of El Salvador, also called Romero. The majority of his clergy supported him, but nearly all the other bishops opposed him. After the overthrow of his namesake, he tried to negotiate between the three main factions in the country, but he was assassinated while celebrating Mass. Feast day in CW, 24 Mar.

Subjects: Christianity.


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