Monday, March 24, 2008

The 28th Anniversary of the Murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero

On this day in 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated while celebrating Mass in San Salvador, El Salvador.

I've had a special admiration for Romero ever since I first saw the eponymous film about his life (and death) — an admiration that was strengthened greatly when Jocelyn and I visited his tomb and the chapel where he was murdered during a trip to El Salvador eight years ago.

When questioned about Romero by Italian journalists last year prior to his trip to South America, I was heartened to learn that Pope Benedict XVI remarked, "I have no doubt he will be beatified."

If you haven't seen the movie, run, don't walk, to the nearest Blockbuster and rent it. Or, better yet, stay where you are and get it from Netflix.

This is hardly an “I’m gonna make me some popcorn and take it easy tonight” type of movie, but as far as showing the ugly reality of man’s inhumanity to man, and the insane brutality that so typified life in Central America in the last quarter of the last century, it’s amazing.

The closing scene, and a few others, too, are absolutely stunning — all the more so, because despite some artistic license, the movie is depicting events that really happened.

1 comment:

Lori Gerten said...

I forgot about your blog!! I'm glad you commented on mine so I can book mark yours. Check back regularly. I promised my mother in law there would be an ode to her!