Romero: An Archbishop’s Life as the Voice of the Church and its People
The film Romero released in 1989 tells a biopic of a Salvadoran bishop named Oscar Romero who became an Archbishop during the military regime. The story set in 1977 when El Salvador was holding a presidential election in the midst of a troublesome society, guerilla uprising and public unrest.
The first subplot showed us how people risk their lives for their right to vote. Main character Bishop Romero was initially a mere spectator between what goes on with the government officials, the military, the bishops confederate, and the masses as he tries to stay apolitical.
Meanwhile, his friend Father Grande openly fights for the people’s rights. In their short chat, he says to Romero, “I cannot love a God that I cannot see if I don’t love my brothers and sisters that I can see.” Father Grande’s stance is that regardless of tribulations, the Church as well as we hold a moral responsibility towards our brethren in faith.
The scene where armed soldiers blocked the road and won’t allow voters from reaching the poll precinct has shown their determination to vote. No matter the threat, they proceeded to walk and be able to vote.
Father Romero became a hero to his people
To this day, these scenes speak about what’s really happening during an election in some areas of the world. These scenes tell us that whether it’s 1977 or 2018, situations may be different but the motive is still rooted in greed for power.
Another angle worth noting is the conspiracy within the Bishop confederate. They chose Bishop Romero to become Archbishop because they think of him as a compromise choice with a delicate health condition. This scene has shown us a good example of duplicity. Sometimes, we need to look closely within the confines of our circle if those we trust are truly trustworthy.
In this case, the Bishops elevated Romero. And use him to influence the masses to stir away from government. There are many poignant scenes in this film. During the shooting at the town plaza, we see death and grieving all over the place. Archbishop Romero rejected the violent methods both of the guerillas and the military.
In the end, he got assassinated while consecrating the Eucharist during Mass. He risked his life being persecuted in a society permeated with injustice. Oscar Romero died but his influence to fight for peace and freedom in El Salvador goes on.
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