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The government should not consider a priest who takes a stand for social justice as a politician or a subversive element when he is fulfilling his mission in the politics of the common good - Oscar Romero Oscar Romero was not only a man of love dignified faith valor and hope he was a man of social justice Social Justice is the equal right for every member of society Oscar knew he had to defend his people and if that meant dying he was willing to do so Oscar Romero was one of the most famous archbishops in the world He became archbishop of Salvador in 1980 and knew right then he was going to make his people proud by doing whatever possible to gain back their social justice Romero was a surprise in history The poor never expected him to take their side and the elites of church and state felt betrayed He was a compromise candidate elected to head the bishops episcopacy by conservative fellow bishops He was a religious bookworm who was known to criticize the progressive liberation theology clergy so aligned with the impoverished farmers seeking land reform However an event would take place within three weeks of his election that would transform the frugal and timid Romero Romeros first leap of social justice began when a both Priest and friend died On March 12 1977 a young boy an old man and Rutilio Grande the Priest were assassinated as they drove from Aguilares to El Paisnal for evening Mass When Archbishop Romero arrived that night and saw the bloodstained body of his friend tears flooded his eyes In a flash he realized Rutilios prophetic work for justice and peace was right that Rutilio not himself had been faithful to the Gospel It was at that turning point that Romero knew he had to be faithful to the Gospel and bring back social justice to his
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