Women Martyrs And Liberation Theology

Women Martyrs and Liberation Theology
Orlando Lujan Martinez IWA

Martyrdom is a testament to the strength of ones faith and love. In 1980 El Salvador and Central America were swept with revolutions. Into the fray American churches sent missionaries to established health clinics and to help the people break out of the bonds of poverty. And for their religious commitment to the poor of they were labeled as "subversive" by the Christian Democratic Party junta of El Salvador, who used terror and murder to quell the peasants and assassinate members of the Revolutionary Party Democratic Front.
The Second Vatican Council declared:
"The church on earth is by its very nature missionary, since according to the plan of the father, it has its origin in the mission of the Son and the holy ghost."
Dorothy Warner, a Quaker Lay Missionary, was in El Salvador during the time El Salvador National Guards and death squads, hired by the rich, murdered any one who they suspected as "subversive and communist."
In a letter to her father Dorothy Warner, a Quaker lay volunteer describes the anguish, the aura of fear and terror that prevailed in El Salvador at the time when the four American church women were brutally murdered and rape and became martyrs to the world.
The letter:
I wish I could be sending warm and happy seasons to all of you but the spirit of the season is absent, in light of the recent events in in Central America. Instead of brotherly love I feel anger and outrage. Recently six leaders of El Salvador's Revolutionary Party Democratic Front were murdered by the members of the self proclaimed "Christian -democratic" junta which tried to rule the country through terror and assassination. They were six men with ideas, hopes and love for their people.
Its' a hard blow. Fifty bodies a day, over recent months, is devastating to the human spirit. Now they've killed these young men who were part of the whole movement of the Salvadorian people who are struggling against fifty years of brutal dictatorship.. How powerful they feel with their arm of assassination, these murderers!
Just as they murdered six priests, Archbishop Oscar Arnufo Romero, and so many other human beings. It is a painful moment. Juan Chacon was one of the six murdered. They have killed him! They are beasts and assassins!"...
Dorothy Warner was at the San Salvador, airport on Dec. 2, 1980, and seen the four women get into a white van and were driven off to their deaths.
Salvadoran National Guardsmen took Sister Maura Clark and Sister Ita Ford, Maryknoll nuns, Sister Dorothy Kazel, Ursuline nun from Cleveland, and Jean Donovan, lay Catholic missionary worker from Westport, Conn, to remote spot, where they raped, shot and kill them, in El Salvador on December 2, 1980. They had evidently been listed as ''subversives'' on somebody's hit list.
The mission of the church was in the words of Maura Clark, a liberation theologian, one of the four assassinated Maryknoll nuns, who when affirming her Christian commitment said she would remain in El Salvador, "to search out the missing, pray with the families of prisoners, bury the dead, and work with the people in their struggle to break out of the bonds of oppression, poverty, and violence."
Liberation theologians believed that God speaks particularly through the poor and that the Bible can be understood only when seen from the perspective of the poor. They perceived that the Roman Catholic church in Latin America was fundamentally different from the church in Europe—i.e., that the church in Latin America was a church for and of the poor. In order to build this church, they established communidades de base, or base communities, local Christian groups composed of 10 to 30 members each, that both studied the Bible and attempted to meet their parishioners' immediate needs for food, water, sewage disposal, and electricity. A great number of base communities, led mostly by lay persons, sprang into being throughout Latin America.
David Helvard, a journalist, writes about the dangers priests and Nuns and other religious missionaries faced. "In the town of Arcatao El Salvador on the walls of an abandon convent: "Death to the Communist priest and nuns." was scrawled on the building in white paint, along with "Be a Patriot, Kill a Priest," and a white hand print."
The next day Helvard spoke with Ita Ford at the refugee center in Chalatenango and she said: "The colonel of the local regiment said to me the other day that the church is indirectly subversive because it's on the side of the weak," Ita told him. "And I guess maybe in the last ten or twelve years there has been a change in the church .... The church has begun aligning itself, `taking a preferential option for the poor.' The governments find this difficult to handle. It's very contradictory to their National Security ideology."
At the 29th anniversary, in Maryknoll New York, of the murders of the three nuns and religious lay worker, Sister Nancy said smiling at the memory; "Maura gave away virtually everything she had except what was on her back." As Sister Nancy spoke, she smoothed out the front of the embroidered cotton shirt she was wearing. ''It was Maura's,'' she said, her eyes glistening. ''We found it in her things. If I had ever told her I liked it, she would have given that to me too."


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1 Response Jul 29, 2010

If only the world's populace to into account the patterns of America's theocracy. First the more aggressive political lobbying Christians go and create the wars and then they send in the brainwashed brainwashers to the poor to help solidify the Christian crusade against humanity. Its always the one-two punch plan.

Trust America always has a part in these types of things because they're a nation under God so they have to oversee all peoples even if they didn't ask for this. The people must have a human master since the God of America is a slave-owner himself he must make slaves of every person. Then he must create discontent and world destruction if they disobey