Liberation,Sainthood Silenced Voices.
Liberation,Sainthood Silenced Voices
Oneof the theologians who was silenced by the Vatican for theaccusations of not teaching in line with the fundamentals of theCatholic Church is Archbishop Romero (Casarella, 2015). He wasaccused of walking openly into the church and commanding the peopleto partake in the Eucharist. The Vatican also portended thatArchbishop Romero was not a liberation theologian. According to theliberation theology, the gospel is composed of preferences whichunderlie the poor people. As such, the church is tasked with theresponsibility of working for both political, economic and spiritualchange. Romero was mainly accused by his critiques from both insideand outside the church (Casarella, 2015). The individuals stated thatArchbishop Romero was deviating the spiritual mission of the church.Due to his conservative reputation, the Vatican viewed that theliberation theology towards the poor will be affected negatively.
Accordingto the critics, Romero had abandoned the teachings of the church andthat he was using the documents of Medellin and Vatican in teaching.The theologian was also accused of asking the rich people to help thepoor individuals (Casarella, 2015). He was assassinated after he toldthe superiors to reject the offer of attacking the innocentcivilians. Generally, the Vatican presumed that Romero was not aliberation theologian. However, it is true to point out that Romeowas addressing the needs of the poor people (Pumza, 2013).
TheVatican perceived that Archbishop Romero was too social and thereforethey silenced him since they did not want people to get his teachingsconcerning social equality. Another reason behind his resilience bythe Vatican is that Archbishop Romero pointed out the evils of thesociety (Pumza, 2013). He used to confront the soldiers and reprimandthem of their wrong deeds. For the Catholics, Romero was not actingin accordance with the teachings of the church. Romeo the theologianwas finally killed and he is considered as a saint .He was killedduring the celebration of the Eucharist. He is still remembered as afighter of the poor people’s rights.
Casarella,P. (2015). Archbishop Romero and Spiritual Leadership in the ModernWorld. Modern Theology, 31(3), 541-542. doi:10.1111/moth.12183
Pumza,M. (2013). Oscar Romero: Champion of the Oppressed. AsiaJournal Of Theology,27(2),275-298.