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Priest Under Fire: "Padre David Rodríguez, the Catholic Church, and El Salvador's Revolutionary Movement"

Peter M. Sánchez


Priest Under Fire recounts the remarkable life story of a bold Salvadoran priest—Padre David Rodríguez—who in 1970 embraced the Catholic Church’s call to serve the poor and consequently became an arch enemy of the state and the oligarchy. Affectionately known as “Padre David,” he inspired thousands of peasants, founded a peasant cooperative and union, challenged the rich and their agents (including the U.S. government), helped forge ties between a church looking for its true center and Marxist revolutionary organizations, and played a key role in El Salvador’s guerrilla front, the FMLN (Farabu ... More

Keywords: Catholic Church, liberation theology, Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, FMLN, civil war, peasants, revolutionary movement, El Salvador, political leadership, Marxism, oligarchy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813061191
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061191.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter M. Sánchez, author
Loyola University Chicago