Óscar Romero’s Theological Vision: Liberation and the Transfiguration of the Poor examines Saint Oscar Romero’s words to understand how his thoughts fit into the broader context of Catholic theology.
On March 24, 1980, Archbishop Óscar Romero was assassinated as he celebrated mass in El Salvador. He was canonized as a saint by Pope Francis on October 14, 2018. Edgardo Colón-Emeric explores the life and thought of Romero and his theological vision, which finds its focus in the mystery of the transfiguration. Colón-Emeric’s study is an exercise in what Latino/a theologians call ressourcement from the margins, or a return to theological foundations. One of the first Latin American Church Fathers, Romero’s theological vision is a sign of the emergence of Christianity in the Global South from “reflection” Church to “source” Church.
“In an engaging and convincing way, the case is made that in Saint Óscar Romero we have a pastor and a martyr, but also something much more, a father of the church, who gives us a new, rich, and challenging way to speak about God in our time.”—Today’s American Catholic
“The project is ambitious: synthesize the homiletic output of the saint, contextualize it in the crucible of El Salvador’s suffering poor, and lift out the theological insights that are important new contributions in the advancement of the Gospel. At every stroke, the author gets it right, and the poetic form it often takes makes this an indispensable addition to the growing study of Romero’s thought.”—Catholic Library World
Edgardo Colón-Emeric is dean of Duke Divinity School, as well as the Irene and William McCutchen Associate Professor of Reconciliation and Theology and director of the Center for Reconciliation. He is the author and co-author of a number of books, including The Saving Mysteries of Jesus Christ: A Christology in the Wesleyan Tradition.
- Winner of the Catholic Press Association Book Award, Newly Canonized Saints
- Read more about Óscar Romero’s Theological Vision in this review by Charles Hughes Huff.