Archbishop Romero is portrayed as a martyr of "the Church that flowed from the Second Vatican Council"
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia on Archbishop Oscar Romero:
“He was killed at the altar,” Archbishop Paglia said, instead of
when he was an easier target at home or on the street. “Through him,
they wanted to strike the Church that flowed from the Second Vatican
From another news article:
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the Vatican official who is leading Romero's
sainthood cause, put it this way Wednesday: Romero was "a martyr of the
church of the Second Vatican Council."
The Salvadoran's murder, Paglia said, was part of a "climate of
persecution against a pastor that followed the evangelical experience,
the documents of the Second Vatican Council, of Medellin [and] had
chosen to live with the poor to defend them from oppression."
This is all very telling. Archbishop Paglia has perhaps
inadvertently exposed and revealed what is at the root of the crisis in
the Church today, when he speaks of the "Church of the Second Vatican
Council." What is the difference between a Church that flowed from and
was defined by the Second Vatican Council, vs. the Church was born of the blood of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Calvary? The Church formed by Jesus
is concerned with the glory of God and the salvation of souls. That of
the Council is concerned with man's well-being in the material world - more with the poverty of "things" than with poverty of spirit; more
concerned with man being accepted by others than being accepted by God. One Church seeks the conversion of all men to the true faith, and opposes the worship of false gods. The other Church teaches that the Triune God of the Christians is the same as that of Islam (who has no Son), and therefore dialog and not conversion is the appropriate approach.
Here is what St. Augustine had to say about the former:
"When He slept on the Cross, He bore a sign, yea, He fulfilled what had been signified in Adam: for when Adam was asleep, a rib was drawn from him and Eve was created; Genesis 2:21-22 so also while the Lord slept on the Cross, His side was transfixed with a spear, and the Sacraments flowed forth, John 19:34 whence the Church was born. For the Church
the Lord's Bride was created from His side, as Eve was created from the
side of Adam. But as she was made from his side no otherwise than while
sleeping, so the Church was created from His side no otherwise than while dying." St. Augustine.
Nota Bene: This post is not about the martyrdom or non-martyrdom of Romero.
It concerns Abp. Paglia's statement about the church that flowed from
the Second Vatican Council. It is an admission that the Vatican II
Church is not the same as the one that preceded it.