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Stay Outta Small Planes, Papa Frank: Saint Oscar Romero Edition

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 12, 2015

If Pope Francis’ sermons on inequality, his demoting dorks like Burke, his efforts to close Gitmo, and his working with President Obama to thaw relations with Cuba didn’t suffice to to convince folks that there’s a new sheriff in the town of Vatican City, how about this courtesy of Charlie Pierce?

While I think the process of Making Saints is rife with corruption and medievalism, it does occasionally serve to remind us who the real heroes were, and who the real monsters were.

Archbishop Romero was assassinated while serving Mass in El Salvador in 1980 by Right-wing death squads. His murder came a day after he had said in a homily that soldiers should obey God’s commands and put down their guns. Archbishop Romero’s Cause was opened at the Vatican two decades ago but was delayed for years as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith studied his writings, amid debate over whether he had been killed for his faith or for political reasons. In 2013 Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and official promoter of Archbishop Romero’s Cause, said the process had been “unblocked.”Last year Robert Mickens of Global Pulse said that Archbishop Romero will “almost certainly” be beatified in 2015, and that Francis may skip the beatification and canonise him in San Salvador.

Gee. It was “blocked” for two decades and suddenly, it became “unblocked.” Wonder who could have been “blocking” it.

We all know who blocked it: The guy who was John Paul II’s right-hand man and who later became Pope in his own right, Benedict XVI.

We all who know who unblocked it: Francis.

I still wish he’d do more to end child sex abuse by clergy, and that he’d get a more realistic view of women. But he’s light-years ahead of every other Pope not named John XXIII.

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