- Jan 28, 2020
El Salvador’s Catholic Church opened a special jubilee year dedicated to Blessed Oscar Romero on Aug. 15, as the search for a miracle attributable to the slain prelate, which would clear the way for declaring him a saint, goes on.
“A person who closes his arms is not a Christian,” said Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville of Washington, D.C., addressing Salvadoran immigrants. “A person who closes doors cannot be a Christian. A person who is indifferent to the tragedies of the world is not a Christian.”
Move around any Latin American city, and you’ll find soaring historic Catholic cathedrals as well as ubiquitous storefront Protestant churches with names such as “The Church of Divine Prophecy” or “The Arc of Jesus Christ Savior.” In reality, however, belonging to a majority hardly renders Latin America’s Christians invulnerable to harm.
Some years ago, I found myself sitting with New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan in his residence at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, talking about a growing interest we shared in reports of anti-Christian persecution around the world. At one stage, Dolan — who has a PhD in Church history and is conscious
“Romero” is available on DVD and streaming via Amazon Instant Video and iTunes. The recent beatification of Óscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador from 1977 until his assassination in 1980, has drawn new attention to the gap between public perception and reality regarding this popular but controversial figure in El