Edited by Robert S. Pelton, C.S.C.
“Fr. Pelton has done a remarkable job in gathering such a diverse and high-quality set of lectures. This volume will become invaluable in keeping Bishop Romero’s memory and legacy alive in the U.S. and abroad.” Rev. Luis Calero, S.J., Santa Clara University
Monsignor Romero: A Bishop for the Third Millennium is a collection of speeches, given over several years, in honor of the late archbishop by distinguished visitors to Notre Dame. Shortly before his assassination, Archbishop Romero told an interviewer, “I have to say, as a Christian, that I don’t believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, I will rise again in the Salvadoran people.” Using a wealth of detailed information about his life and work, the prelates, priests, human rights advocates, civic leaders, and Latin Americanists who have contributed to this volume show how Romero has fulfilled this prophecy.
As the title implies, this book examines Romero’s role as a model bishop for the new millennium. It places particular emphasis on his commitment to human rights, his innovative implementation of the option for the poor, his dedication to the Church, and his views of the role of the laity. It is also an inspirational account of Romero’s deep and abiding faith that seemingly insoluble problems can be resolved by following the Spirit. An introduction by Fr. Pelton and an afterword by Juan Méndez, Director of the Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights, round out the collection.
This diverse and rich assortment of lectures substantially adds to our historical and theological understanding of one of the most important Christian figures of the twentieth century. It will be of significant value to anyone interested in the life of this remarkable man.
“Robert Pelton has collected various essays that attempt to reckon with Romero’s formidable influence. Writers in this volume—from El Salvadoran political leader Rubén Zamora to U.S. activist Margaret Swedish, to Chiapas bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia—would surely agree with Archbishop Luciano Mendes de Almeida who points out that, Romero always spoke the truth about the situation of oppression and repression being lived by the poorest of the poor—even risking his life to do so. . . . [T]he book reveals the various conflicts in which Romero found himself at such a grave time in the life of his country.” — The Americas
“For those who have yet to be introduced to this ‘saint of our time,’ Monsignor Romero is a powerful and substantial introduction to his person. For those who already know him, this book provides new and interesting perspectives, from a wide range of people, on his life and continuing significance.” — St. Anthony Messenger
“University, college and public libraries would do well to include this book in their collections because it not only sets forth Romero’s inspiring legacy but also helps the reader to understand the forces that keep people in debilitating poverty.” — Catholic Library World
“All the lectures collected in this book give valuable insights into the importance of Romero for the third millennium.” — American Catholic Studies
“The essays look with admiring reverence back to his life and forward with hope for the 21st century, which his death enabled him to look into only with far-seeing eyes that would never grow old and weary. Our day too needs such eyes. . . . " — Review for Religious