Don’t forget other ‘martyrs’ who helped poor


To the Editor:

My letter is in regards to the article “Spanish judge to investigate murder of Jesuits” on Page 7 of the Jan. 22 edition of The Catholic Messenger. The article describes the martyrdom of six Jesuit priests and their two employees in 1989 at the hands of members of the Salvadoran army.

Also mentioned is the martyrdom and heroic witness of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero in 1980. I feel it needs to be mentioned that left off of this martyrology are the names of Jean Donovan, Sister Dorothy Kazel, Sister Ita Ford and Sister Maura Clark. The four missionaries were brutally raped and shot in 1980, not long after the murder of Archbishop Romero. These are only 13 of the more than 75,000 people killed during the Salvadoran Civil War. Officially, they were executed for being revolutionaries and insurrectionists. Their witness of solidarity with the poor and oppressed, however, makes them martyrs for Christ. 

Let us never forget.


Cullin Schooley

Des Moines

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