Oscar Romero was a brave Catholic Bishop in El Salvador in an environment where public religious celebrations were considered rebellious, and speaking your mind meant defying the government and risking execution. Romero saw nothing but to defend his clergy and he greatly disagreed with acts done by the government. However, after he had seen so many of his fellow pastor brothers murdered because they preached of the injustices within El Salvador to the people in states of poverty, who had been continually oppressed by the wealthy landowners and government, his thoughts of the role of the church changed. He felt he could no longer let the government brutality and the divisions of the social and economical injustices go on within his country.
Through preaching and nonviolent actions, Oscar Romero made it clear that he wanted the oppression of the poor stopped, the poor liberated, and the words of God that killing should be stopped, to spread, but he wanted these social justices to come about through the peaceful means. Oscar Romero was not only a man of love, dignified faith, valor, and hope; he was a man of social justice.
Oscar knew he had to defend his people and if that meant dying, he was willing to do so. He succeeded in his attempt to bring life back into his people, and give them the will to keep fighting; however this eventually came with a price. After causing so much controversy with inciting people against the military, the military took a stand. Because the government was already responsible for attempting to repress Romero, but failing, they took the only other option and assassinated him. The symbol for his cause and his leadership was displayed during the assassination, as he was consecrating the Eucharist.
An event that occurred that showed the corruption even in the society of the United States, occurred earlier than Romero's fight for social justice. Nixon became President in 1968 and from the day he entered office he started a war...
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