New Examination of the 1980 Rapes and Murders of the Four American Churchwomen in El Salvador

  The November 10, 2014, edition of the New York Times published a video and textual “RetroReport”[1] by Clyde Haberman about the December 1980 rapes and murder in El Salvador of the four American Churchwomen: Maryknoll missionaries Maura Clarke, Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel and Jean Donovan. The article contains disturbing videos of the exhumation of … Continue reading New Examination of the 1980 Rapes and Murders of the Four American Churchwomen in El Salvador

The Witness of a Lawyer for Salvadoran Soldier Accused of 1980 Murder of American Churchwomen

In a prior post I described my April 1989 meeting in El Salvador with Salvador Ibarra. He told me and others that a Salvadoran judge had appointed him to represent one of the Salvadoran national guardsmen accused of raping and murdering the four American church women in December 1980.[1] Someone from the U.S. Embassy, he … Continue reading The Witness of a Lawyer for Salvadoran Soldier Accused of 1980 Murder of American Churchwomen

Pilgrimage to American Churchwomen Sites in El Salvador

We have reviewed the missionary work in El Salvador of the four American churchwomen, their brutal murders on December 2, 1980, the subsequent investigations of that horrible crime, the Salvadoran successful criminal prosecution of five of its National Guardsmen for the murders and the unsuccessful U.S. civil lawsuit for money damages against two Salvadoran Generals … Continue reading Pilgrimage to American Churchwomen Sites in El Salvador

TVPA Lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court Over the Murders of the American Churchwomen

One of the horrendous crimes during El Salvador’s civil war was the December 1980 brutal murders of four American churchwomen. We have examined the facts of those crimes along with the investigations and criminal prosecutions in El Salvador for those crimes plus the report on same by the Truth Commission for El Salvador.[1] In 1999 … Continue reading TVPA Lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court Over the Murders of the American Churchwomen

The Salvadoran Truth Commission’s Investigation of the Murders of the Four American Churchwomen

We already have discussed the mission work in El Salvador of the four American churchwomen, their December 1980 brutal murders, the subsequent non-judicial and judicial investigations and successful Salvadoran criminal prosecutions for these crimes.[1] The Truth Commission for El Salvador also investigated these crimes and its March 1993 report found: the December 2, 1980, arrests … Continue reading The Salvadoran Truth Commission’s Investigation of the Murders of the Four American Churchwomen

Salvadoran Judicial Investigation and Prosecution of National Guardsmen for the Murders of the Four American Churchwomen

We have examined the Salvadoran mission work of the four American churchwomen, their brutal December 1980 murders and the non-judicial investigations of this horrendous crime.[1] Now we look at the Salvadoran judicial investigation and prosecutions of five of their National Guardsmen for this crime. Judicial Investigation The judicial investigation started in late April 1981, when … Continue reading Salvadoran Judicial Investigation and Prosecution of National Guardsmen for the Murders of the Four American Churchwomen

Non-Judicial Investigations of the 1980 Murders of the Four Churchwomen in El Salvador

On December 2, 1980, four American churchwomen were beaten, raped and murdered in the countryside 15 miles from the country’s international airport.[1] This was a huge problem for the governments of the U.S. and El Salvador because four religious missionaries who were U.S. citizens had been brutally raped and murdered and because there was a … Continue reading Non-Judicial Investigations of the 1980 Murders of the Four Churchwomen in El Salvador

The December 1980 Murders of the Four American Churchwomen in El Salvador

In 1980 four U.S. women were engaged in Christian mission work in El Salvador: Maura Clarke, Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel and Jean Donovan.[1] On November 20, 1980, Kazel and Donovan happened to meet U.S. Ambassador Robert White and his wife at a Roman Catholic religious service in San Salvador, and the Whites invited them to … Continue reading The December 1980 Murders of the Four American Churchwomen in El Salvador

The Four American Churchwomen of El Salvador

  In 1980 there were at least two U.S. Roman Catholic missionary centers in El Salvador. One in Chalatenango. The other in La Libertad.    Chalatenango, the largest city in the northern Department of the same name, was a stronghold of the FMLN guerrillas at the time and scene of many battles. There the Maryknoll … Continue reading The Four American Churchwomen of El Salvador

Powerful Call to Service in Sermon at Minneapolis’ Westminster Presbyterian Church

In the January 28 sermon at Westminster Presbyterian Church Rev. Timothy Hart-Andersen delivered a powerful call for all to go out into the world and serve those in need.[1] Reading from Holy Scripture The Bible text was Luke 4:14-30 (NRSV): “Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report … Continue reading Powerful Call to Service in Sermon at Minneapolis’ Westminster Presbyterian Church