What the Catholic Church in the United States needs today, says NCR columnist Franciscan Fr. Daniel Horan, are more bishops like St. Óscar Romero, the archbishop from El Salvador, who was murdered by right-wing militants while celebrating the Eucharist in 1980.
"Enough ink has been spilled in this publication and others
Horan goes on to say that he isn't interested in focusing more attention on those bad actors, but instead wants to turn an eye toward more effective models of pastoral leadership, such as Romero.
"The tenor of Romero's message is one that is in stark opposition to the lies and delusions of clericalism, which continues to be such an evil in the church today," Horan writes.