Obama and Romero

Sometimes something comes along that I want to write about, but I just can’t at that moment say anything.  Maybe I am too busy. . . but sometimes it is because I am just too infuriated for words.  The latter was the case a day or so ago when news filtered in from National Catholic Reporter about the visit of our beloved Tyrant Emperor Barak Hussein Obama the First, himself himself, to the tomb of the Venerable Oscar Romero of El Salvador. (See also What would Romero say to Obama.)

There he stood, his hands dripping with the blood of the the three wars presently being waged by the government, not to mention numerous other little conflicts where we feed one side or the other or both.

That was yesterday. 

Today, which happens to be the Memorial of the Martyrdom of Romero, I find myself grateful for the gesture.  Sure, our Tyrant Emperor remains a hypocrite.  I can still see him there, his hands dripping with blood, at the tomb of Romero — but I also see Romero himself, calling the Tyrant Emperor away from war and onto a path of peace and justice. So let us let Msgr. Romero speak, in his own words, to the Tyrant Emperor Barak Hussein Obama.

Peoples are free to choose the political system they want but not free to do whatever they feel like. They will have to be judged by God’s justice in the political or social system they choose.

The present form of the world passes away, and there remains only the joy of having used this world to establish God’s rule here. All pomp, all triumphs, all selfish capitalism, all the false successes of life will pass with the world’s form. All of that passes away. What does not pass away is love.

When one has turned money, property, work in one’s calling into service of others, then the joy of sharing and the feeling that all are one’s family does not pass away. In the evening of life you will be judged on love.

I wish to affirm that my preaching is not political.  It naturally touches on the political ““and it touches the people’s real lives ““but it does so in order to illuminate those realitiesand to tell people what it is that God wantsand what it is that he does not want.  God is the judge of all social systems. Neither the gospel nor the church can be monopolized by any political or social movement.

From the Violence of Love, a compilation of the words of Oscar Romero, found online at  http://data.plough.com/ebooks/ViolenceOfLove.pdf, Copyright 2007 by Plough Publishing House. Used with permission.

The Church is not a museum for saints, it is a refuge for sinners.  Let this be true for our own Tyrant Emperor, is my prayer this day, through the intercession of St. Oscar Romero of El Salvador.

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