At Vatican Insider, a Vatican news site maintained by the Italian newspaper La Stampa, there’s a new article on the cause for the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero, which has been languishing in Rome for years. Indeed, the article’s headline terms it “the lost cause.”
The article opens by pointing out that Pope Benedict was asked about the cause by a reporter in 2007. It continues:
The Pope replied with a brief apologia for the slain bishop, describing him as “a great witness of the faith” and recalling his “truly incredible” death before the altar. He made no reference to the category of martyrdom, but said very clearly that the person of Romero “is worthy of beatification.” Incredibly, those words which were spoken by the Pope before dozens of cameras and dictaphones, were removed from the official version of the interview published by Vatican media.
Despite the Pope’s obvious personal conviction of Romero’s holiness, the cause has gone almost nowhere in the five years since these comments were edited out by someone in the Vatican communications department. This is unfortunate. Romero is a hero of Catholic social teaching. Indeed, in the work I’ve been doing on my upcoming book on CST, it’s not easy to figure out which chapter to put him in, since he’s a shining example of any number of its core principles: human dignity, human rights, preferential option for the poor, solidarity, and on and on.
Check out the whole Vatican Insider article here.