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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Fans of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero want Pope Francis to declare him a martyr and place him on the path to sainthood, but Vatican officials say no official action has been taken yet.


  1. I think there is a little tension within the church on this one. Usually they support the reactionary right wing governments. This is a case where one of their own martyred himself to fight against such things. The old guard has been very active in disavowing the “Liberation theology” expressed by people like Romero.

    Its ironic that a bonifide example of a Christian martyr is being stalled for consideration for sainthood but people who were essentially religious bureaucrats who died of old age get fast tracked for such things.

  2. Grace Seitzer

    The respect paid to Romero’s memory throughout the Americas is a kind of canonization all its own. What I am hoping: that there will be a formal canonization of Romero AND all the martyrs of Central America, including the four American missionaries: Maryknoll’s Ita Ford and Maura Clark. laywoman Jean Donovan, and Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel. Since there are some Jesuits involved as well in yet another martyrdom there, Francis has double incentive. What a message these men and women have for our world!

  3. Robert-Paul LeMay

    Mark my word, not as long as Ratzinger is breathing. First show of his power, that he remains pope, even if emeritus, although he resigned. Why isn’t he simply bishop Ratzinger, his ordained postion. All the others are honorifics. He was JP II’s hitman and still manages to scare people like some evil gray eminence lurking in the shadows. JP II made sure he was his succesor and the stench of all that political machination still fouls the air in the Vatican. Romero is a saint Francis or no Francis if he chooses to curry favor with that man. Indeed all those slaughtered in Latin America with the consent and assistance of the USA are with their crucified Lord in glory and no curia or ex-pope can stop the people from praying to them for the salvation and freedom of their countries.

  4. In 2007, during a conversation with reporters who accompanied his flight to Brazil, Pope Benedict said that Archbishop Romero was a “great witness of the faith.” However Pope Benedict added that the cause for his beatification had become complicated because “a political party wrongly wished to use him as their badge.” According to La Stampa Pope Benedict added his own opinion that Archbishop Romero “merits beatification, I do not doubt,”

    Romero was no Marxist…but others were dangerously close…in fact the Marxists bear part of the responsibilty as does Jimmy Carter.

    At last, the great Latin American, will be recognised officially.

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