One of the Lesser Known Facts about Oscar Romero…

is that he was a fan of the dreaded albino assassin cult, Opus Dei.  That doesn’t fit the NPR/National Catholic Reporter narrative of oppressive right wing hierarchical Church vs. plucky rebel alliance Liberation Theologian.  Speaking of Romero, a reader writes:

I thought you might enjoy seeing a music video that we just produced on Oscar Romero.  It is part of a new CD release. The singer is a deacon, Michael Glen Bell, and the film maker is Owen Thomas. The Project is the subject of of a three part podcast by Bishop Christopher Coyne of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis which you may link to here:, and of a wonderful article in Canada’s Catholic Register

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  • Dan C

    Archbishop Romero was a cautious, very conservative man who had many friendly relations with colleagues of all political flavors. He had a long relationship with Rutillo Grande, and the death of that priest by the government supported death squads affected him greatly.

    Opus Dei in El Salvador had and has a problem with classism. It was a challenge for Romero and Opus Dei also would be scolded by him for that organizations punishment of its people who did side with Romero and the poor. Romero had both good things and tough things to say to Opus Dei. I dare say that no bishop in the US would have the guts to chide Opus Dei for its failures to support the poor.

    • Disgusted in DC

      “It was a challenge for Romero and Opus Dei also would be scolded by him for that organizations punishment of its people who did side with Romero and the poor.”

      When did Romero exactly “scold” Opus Dei for “punishment of its people” who “sided” with “the poor”? I think it goes without saying that the sentence I quoted above is embedded with all sorts of ideological assumptions that one may not accept, i.e, what is meant by “siding with the poor.” Speaking of class, it would be interesting to know the real “class” mix of those who joined right-wing death squads versus those who joined Commie terror cells. It is possible, (just possible), that such people do not track the “oppresive overclass” versus “wretched of the earth” dichotomy that the liberal clergy and university professors in my hometown claimed was the case.

  • Dan C

    Blosser quotes two biographers of Romero- Brockman and Allen. Both are the sources of the documentation of the Opus Dei relationship. Both are liberals.

  • Blog Goliard

    Who *wouldn’t* be a fan of a dreaded albino assassin cult? They’re like uber-Catholic ninjas!

  • I have to think twice to see his face, every time someone mentions Romero’s name, I see Raul Julia.