I read in the Tribune that Pope Francis cleared the way for Archbishop Oscar Romero into sainthood. A martyr, who championed the poor, was shot to death on March 24, 1980, while celebrating mass at a small chapel in San Salvador. The day before, he spoke over the radio to the nation for its military, supported by President Reagan, to put down their weapons to stop the senseless killing of the Salvadoran people.
Romero condemned U.S. funding and training of the Salvadoran military. Romero’s assassins were members of the Salvadoran death squad, including two graduates from the School of the Americas (now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, or WHINSEC) located in Fort Benning, Ga. Those familiar with WHINSEC, know it as “School of the Assassins.” Unfortunately, the U.S. continues to support the School of the Assassins. A fitting tribute to Romero’s legacy would be for all Catholics and others to write to their representatives to close it.