SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Zenit.org): On the 28th anniversary of the assassination of San Salvador’s archbishop, the prelate’s cause of beatification still needs more time.
Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of San Salvador was assassinated on March 24, 1980, when celebrating Mass. He was a staunch critic of the El Salvadorian government and defender of the poor.
The adjunct postulator of the cause of beatification and the vicar general of San Salvador archdiocese Monsignor Jesï¿½s Delgado told a Latin American communications service that a Vatican panel was examining “the social doctrine of the Church in the homilies and writings of Archbishop Romero”.
Msgr Delgado explained to the Organizaciï¿½n Catï¿½lica Latinoamericana de Comunicaciï¿½n (Latin American Catholic Organisation of Communication) that a Latin American cardinal proposed delaying the prelate’s beatification cause to “give a little more time to the process, because in El Salvador, sentiments are still very conflicting”.
The monsignor explained the cardinal’s point of view that it would not be good to canonise “a saint who would result in reinforcing disunity and conflict”.
Many in El Salvador celebrated the 28th anniversary of the prelate’s assassination with a series of conferences and other activities.
Pope Benedict XVI recalled Archbishop Romero in his February 28 address to El Salvador’s new ambassador to the Holy See, referring to him as one of the “pastors full of love for God” who has helped to root the Gospel in the Central American nation, “bringing abundant fruits of Christian life and holiness”.