05 September 2019, The Tablet

A microphone for God


A microphone for God

Óscar Romero remembered
Photo: PA/zuma, Camilo Freedman

 

Óscar Romero’s Theological Vision: Liberation and the Transfiguration of the Poor
EDGARDO COLÓN-EMERIC
(UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME PRESS, 418 PP, £42.50)

Throughout this remarkable book, the author takes us ever deeper into the theological development of the ­martyr bishop Saint Óscar Romero. To do this, he has put himself under the discipline of working through the multiple volumes of Romero’s Sunday sermons, his recorded talks, correspondence and spiritual notes, and has followed the trail of the Salvadoran’s own reading, pastoral practice and liturgical ­service. This is done with a remarkable ­generosity, humility and sensitivity by a Methodist pastor and professor who heads up the Centre for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School, and who teaches widely in Latin America. His knowledge of the ­development of Christian life in Latin America over the last century is magisterial.

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