Rantings and reflections from a middle-aged man who simulataneously loves some aspects of Catholicism and wrestles painfully with some of the faith's other teachings and traits. An unapologetic "cafeteria Catholic." Not ready to give up on this church just yet, not ready to jump ship; just trying to light a couple emergency flares...or maybe just light a single candle rather than curse the darkness, to borrow the words of the Christophers. Welcome to my version of progressive Catholicism.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Modern Day Martyrs
Greg Kundra, over at the Deacon's Bench, remembers the rapes and murders of four women in El Salvador thirty years ago today. All four were providing aid to, and advocating on behalf of, the poor. They were killed by death squads associated with the El Salvadoran government. (Those are the same government death squads that the Reagan administration would help fund, directly or indirectly, starting in 1981, along with the contras in Nicaragua.) Their deaths occurred less than a year after the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, another advocate for the poor, who was shot while saying Mass.
The martyrs were:
Sr. Maura Clark (Maryknoll)
Sr. Ita Ford (Maryknoll)
Sr. Dorothy Kazel (Ursuline)
Ms. Jean Donovan (laywoman, age 27)
May those four women, and all those who died in El Salvador's civil war, rest in peace.