Author: Robert Lassalle-Klein
Publisher: Orbis Books
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In November 1989, six members of the Jesuit community of the University of Central America in San Salvador, including the rector, Ignacio Ellacuría, were massacred by government troops. Twenty-five years later, this book provides the definitive account of the path led to that fateful day, focusing on the Jesuits’ prophetic option for the poor, their role in the renewal of Salvadoran church and society, and the critical steps that caused them, as Archbishop Romero would put it, to “share the same fate as the poor.” Drawing on newly available archival materials and extensive interviews, Robert Lassalle-Klein gives special attention to the theological contributions of Ellacuría and Jon Sobrino, who survived the massacre, and the emergence among the Jesuit community of a spirituality that recognized the risen Christ in what Ellacuría called “the crucified people of El Salvador.” This insight led, in turn, to the development of the most important advance in the idea of a Christian university since the time of Cardinal Newman. Blood and Ink tells a vital story of a religious and university community’s conversion and renewal that speaks to the ongoing challenge of discipleship today.
Robert Lassalle-Klein is associate Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. He is the editor of Jesus of Galilee: Contextual Christology for t he 21st Century, and co-editor (with Kevin Burke) of Love that Produces Hope: The Thought of Ignacio Ellacuría.