In this episode, on the 41st anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero in San Salvador, we talk with Prof. Phillip Berryman about the tumultuous history of Central America during the 1970s and 80s. We discussed liberation theology, his work in Central America during Carter and Reagan’s wars against the people of countries like El Salvador and Guatemala, the solidarity movements of the 80s and compared the presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Donald Trump.
We also pay tribute to Father Gerry Kelly, whom Bob and Scott knew and organized with in Houston. Father Kelly passed away in March.
Philip Berryman is an author, former Roman Catholic priest and worked with the American Friends Service Committee in Central America. He taught for 18 years as an adjunct at Temple University in the Latin America Studies Dept. He author of multiple books including his recent memoir- Memento of the Living and the Dead: A First-Person Account of Church, Violence, and Resistance in Latin America.