- Sep 25, 2020
The Jesuit-run Central American University in El Salvador welcomed the verdict of a Spanish court, which convicted a former Salvadoran colonel for the murder of five Jesuit priests in 1989.
A Spanish court has convicted a former Salvadoran colonel for the murders of five Jesuit priests in 1989 — a rare act of justice for an atrocity from El Salvador’s brutal civil war.
Inocente Orlando Montano, the former Salvadoran army colonel accused of participating in “the decision, design or execution of the killings” of six Jesuits in 1989, testified in his Spanish trial that no order was ever given to eliminate the priests.
An expert witness has testified that the slayings of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador in 1989 was “premeditated” and preceded by campaigns to discredit the Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus.
Around the world, communities of their Jesuit brothers, but also laity involved in social justice circles and even Pope Francis, made sure their names and what they stood for was not forgotten.
This summer, when U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern took a congressional delegation to El Salvador to study the causes of migration, he planned a stop for the group at the place where six Jesuit priests who greatly influenced his work and faith are buried.