Monsignor Romero: a tribute to the truth 35 years after

35 years ago a bullet tried to silence the voice of who was denouncing, through his homilies, injustices and serious human rights violation committed with the greatest impunity in my country. 35 years ago the repression reached its highest peak and gave formally start to an internal conflict that officially culminated 12 years later.

For decades, justice has been sought for the murder of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero without getting, until today, a positive response that would go beyond what is contained in the report of the Truth Commission and in the report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). El Salvador has denied – and continues to deny – justice, not only to Monsignor’s family but also to the people from El Salvador. Years of denial of responsability for those who have been publicly mentioned as the authors of the material and direct assassination, years of sustained efforts on the part of those who wanted to build an official truth in this country, trying to hush Romero’s mouth, to throw mud on his struggle and to delegitimize his message, labeling him as “a subversive” and “a political tool”.

Plaza Salvador del Mundo, Beatificación de Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, 22 de mayo 2015

Plaza Salvador del Mundo, Beatificación de Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, 22 de mayo 2015

Today, May the 23th, 35 years later, this population celebrate the beatification of his bishop and martyr with a special joy, caused by the perception that – in a symbolic way – justice has been done.

Today the Church has officially recognized the truth of Romero and, with him, the truth of the victims has been recognized, something that is still pending in the formal justice in this country.

Neverthless, we can not forget that all the injustices denounced by Romero 35 years ago still unpunished. Inequality, exclusion and violence have not left El Salvador although – formally –  we have been living “in peace” for 23 years.

Beyond the advertising displayed for weeks and despite the detractors of Romero showing now as his most faithful followers, his message is still alive, as the promise he made at that time, while receiving constant death threats: “if they kill me, I will resurrect in the population”.

Today, Monsignor Romero is resurrected in El Salvador.

Sandra

Foto: Cancillería del Ecuador

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