Posted by: Paul A. Forsyth | February 10, 2015

Quote for the Day

Mural Oscar Romero UES

Brothers, you come from our own people, you are killing your own brother farmers, and when you receive an order to kill from a man, then the law of God must prevail, which says: “Thou shalt not kill.” No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the law of God. No one has to obey an immoral law. It is time that you recovered your consciences and obeyed your consciences rather than a sinful order. The Church, the defender of the rights of God, of the law of God, of human dignity, of the person, cannot remain silent before such an abomination. We want the government to face the fact that reforms are valueless if they are to be carried out at the cost of so much blood. In the name of God, in the name of this suffering people whose cries rise to heaven more loudly each day, I implore you, I beg you, I order you in the name of God: stop the repression!

– Archbishop Oscar Romero
March 23, 1980 *

Last week, Pope Francis declared Romero a martyr.

About. Damned. Time.

Image Credit: Mural of Archbishop Romero in Faculty of Jurisprudence and Social Sciences at the University of El Salvador. Giobanny Ascencio y Raul Lemus- Grupo Cinteupiltzin CENAR El Salvador, CC BY-SA 3.0. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

* The text is from a homily that Romero gave the day before his assassination. Here is an English translation of the entire homily — with a slightly different translation of the above-quoted paragraph. This site purports to provide the original Spanish version of the homily. The above paragraph, in the original, is as follows:

Hermanos, son de nuestro mismo pueblo, matan a sus mismos hermanos campesinos y ante una orden de matar que dé un hombre, debe de prevalecer la Ley de Dios que dice: NO MATAR… Ningún soldado está obligado a obedecer una orden contra la Ley de Dios… Una ley inmoral, nadie tiene que cumplirla… Ya es tiempo de que recuperen su conciencia y que obedezcan antes a su conciencia que a la orden del pecado… La Iglesia, defensora de los derechos de Dios, de la Ley de Dios, de la dignidad humana, de la persona, no puede quedarse callada ante tanta abominación. Queremos que el Gobierno tome en serio que de nada sirven las reformas si van teñidas con tanta sangre… En nombre de Dios, pues, y en nombre de este sufrido pueblo cuyos lamentos suben hasta el cielo cada día más tumultuosos, les suplico, les ruego, les ordeno en nombre de Dios: ¡Cese la represión…!

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