Revised to include new essays as well as reflections on the recent beatification of Oscar Romero. Jon Sobrino, a Jesuit theologian from San Salvador, worked closely with Archbishop Romero and has spent much of the past thirty-five years since his assassination reflecting on the meaning of his extraordinary life and witness. In a moving personal memoir, Sobrino describes how Romero (by reputation a timid, conservative prelate) emerged as the outspoken champion of the poor and suffering people of El Salvador. He then places Romero in the context of the wider church: as believer, as archbishop, as Salvadoran, as prophet, as martyr, as inspiration for theology. Exploring each of these identities in turn, Sobrino sums up his reflections with the conclusion: “Archbishop Romero was a gospel . . . a piece of good news from God to the poor of the world
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About the Author
Jon Sobrino, S.J., teaches philosophy at the Universidad Centroamericana Jose Simeon Canas in San Salvador. Born in Barcelona into a Basque family during the Spanish Civil War, he earned his Master's degree in engineering mechanics at St. Louis University (1965) and his doctorate in theology from the Hochschule Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt (1975). He has contributed to the journals 'Estudios Centroamericanos' (San Salvador) and 'Christus' (Mexico). He also worked closely with Archbishop Romero. Sobrino's other books include 'Christology at the Crossroads', 'Jesus in Latin America', and 'Spirituality of Liberation'.