Oscar Romero

The Church in El Salvador was not the first church to suffer
persecution. The anomaly was that here the persecutors dared to call
themselves Christians. Their victims did not die simply for clinging to
the faith, but for clinging, like Jesus, to the poor. It was this
insight that marked a new theological depth in Romero’s message. For
Romero, the church’s option for the poor was not just a matter of
pastoral priorities. It was a defining characteristic of Christian
faith: “A church that does not unite itself to the poor in order to
denounce from the place of the poor the injustice committed against
them is not truly the Church of Jesus Christ,” he wrote.

(Robert Ellsberg, All Saints, 132 )