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Sunday Movie Matinee: "Romero" - Sunday, February 16, 12:15 p.m.

posted 6 Feb 2014, 09:46 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 17 Feb 2014, 13:57 ]

The story of the Archbishop who took the side of the poor campesinos in a time when 13 families owned 40 percent of the land in El Salvador. Romero was shot March 24, 1980 while celebrating Mass one day after a sermon in which he called on Salvadoran soldiers to stop carrying out the government's repression and violations of basic human rights. He was shot while elevating the chalice at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Prayer.

Discussion Questions: 
  • Where should the Church be in contexts of cycles of violence and vengeance in our time? How does Romero's vision change in the course of the film? Does the Gospel demand that Christians be pacifists? 
  • Romero said in one of his homilies, "We cannot segregate God's word. The Bible would just be a pious history book in our library. It is God's word because it enlightens, contrasts, repudiates, and praises what is going on today in this society." Discuss.
  • What relationships between Church and world are portrayed throughout this movie? Evaluate them. How can churches have a social agenda without it turning into simply the agenda of political liberals or conservatives? 
  • What parallels do you see between Romero and Jesus?

Screening in the Chapel next to the Skey Room. Popcorn and drinks will be served. Sunday, February 16, 12:15 p.m.