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Cause for beatification of Archbishop Romero moving quickly, says CDF prefect

July 26, 2013

The cause for beatification of the slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero accelerated during the pontificate of Benedict XVI and is now moving forward “even faster” under Pope Francis, reports the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, whose congregation was asked to examine the teachings of Archbishop Romero to ensure their doctrinal orthodoxy, told the Vatican Insider that the Salvadoran prelate “was a great witness of the faith and of social justice.” Although some critics had questioned whether Archbishop Romero’s support for liberation theology put him at odds with Church teachings, Archbishop Müller said that the slain prelate said only that society should “be built on the defense and implementation of justice, not on violence and on the survival of the fittest.”

“This is what the Church teaches,” Archbishop Müller said. He pointed out that during a trip to Brazil in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI “said very clearly that he thought Romero was worthy of beatification.”


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