How Monsignor Romero’s philosophy is still relevant to the defense of human rights and today’s reality in Central America and elsewhere?
We are working with other communities in Toronto organizing a series of events across GTA . To check the calendar of the event click here: http://www.fcjrefugeecentre.org/2018/10/canonization-of-first-human-rights-ombudsman-in-el-salvador-monsignor-oscar-romero/
Join us on October 25 Thursday October 25th at 6:00 PM
Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square (Yonge and Dundas)
DISPOSSESSION AND EXCLUSION IN OUR TIME: TRANSFORMING OUR REALITY WITH MONSIGNOR ROMERO
Keynote speaker: Juan Vicente Chopin, Dean of Faculty of Theology at Don Bosco University in El Salvador
Monsignor Romero spoke out against injustice and brought attention to the underprivileged and the dispossessed. Today we see this type of dispossession through forced migration, and refugees fleeing war, social violence, gangs, poverty, and other factors. How can Monsignor Romero’s approach help those of us who are working to defend those who are excluded in the present day?
Juan Vicente Chopin Portillo
Fr. Chopin has been unwavering in his efforts to secure justice in the assassination of Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, on 24 March 1980. And he is also extremely qualified to speak about the legacy of Monsignor Romero and on how his philosophy can inform our struggle for human rights in the current times. Investigations by the United Nations, and other international bodies have established that the four assassins of Romero were members of a death squad led by Major Roberto D’Aubuisson, founder of the ARENA party.
Fr. Chopin points out that three separate institutions have incriminated D’Aubuisson in the case: the Truth Commission, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and the Vatican Congregation on the Causes of Saints. He has been very active in refuting the claims of the ARENA party that their founder was not in fact the mastermind behind the murder.