U.S. Sanctions Salvadoran Military Officials Over Jesuit Massacre

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Currents News Staff

Justice is being imposed on men responsible for the massacre of six Jesuit priests.

It was one the most glaring and brazen human rights crimes of the 20th century.

Before dawn in November 1989 an elite battalion of El Salvador’s military dragged the priests out of their beds and killed them, execution style.

A housekeeper and her daughter were also shot to death.

Now the State Department is barring 13 former military officials in El Salvador from ever entering this country.

The brutal violence occurred at the height of the Salvadoran civil war.

The State Department found the military officers were central to the planning and execution of a plot to kill the Jesuits for their outspoken defense of human rights.

Here to talk about the massacre and its impact on the church is the National Correspondent for The Tablet and Crux, Christopher White.