Oscar Romero: Prophet of Hope

Oscar Romero: Prophet of Hope

by Roberto Morozzo della Rocca


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In this new authoritative biography, historian Roberto Morozzo della Rocca traces Blessed Oscar Romero's journey of holiness and courageous witness in the face of oppression. Through his life and through his martyrdom, Romero remains a prophet of hope, who continues to remind us that, …the Heart of Christ will know best how to take things to the destiny he desires for them. It is enough for me to be happy and confident, knowing with certainty that my life and my death are in his hands and that, despite my sins, I have put my trust in him and I will not be disappointed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819854667
Publisher: Pauline Books & Media
Publication date: 10/28/2015
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 843,199
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xv

Chapter 1 The First Fifty Years (1917-1967) 1

From Ciudad Barrios to Rome 1

Priest in San Miguel 10

A Fighting Man 15

Romero and the Second Vatican Council 21

Chapter 2 "Elohispo que van a tener es pastor" 29

In the Capital 29

An Auxiliary Bishop with His Own Ideas 38

To Santiago de Maria 48

Primate of a Nation in Crisis 55

Chapter 3 Archbishop of San Salvador 63

First Days and the Death of Rutilio Grande 63

The Clash with the Government 69

The Misa Única 75

Conversion? 77

Persecution of the Church and Social Injustice 84

The Question of Violence 91

Chapter 4 Faith and Politics 97

The Clergy and Faithful of San Salvador 97

Hope as Ideology 103

"Boundlessly Political," in Spite of Himself 110

Chapter 5 "Sentir con la Iglesia" 119

The Bishop of the Poor 119

The Preacher 125

Romero in Private 130

With Journalists 135

A Man Much in Demand 139

Rometo and Liberation Theology 145

Chapter 6 Romero and Rome 155

Ecclesiastical Jealousies 155

"Courage, You Are in Charge!" 163

Clarifications at the Vatican 167

The Apostolic Visitation 172

Romero and John Paid II 177

"A Pastor's Greatest Glory" 183

Chapter 7 Romero's Final Days 189

Romero and the Revolutionary Government 189

Toward Civil War 198

Romero's Lent 204

Death 207

Conclusion 221

For Further Reading 229

About the Author 233

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