By Feuerherd, Joe
National Catholic Reporter , Vol. 42, No. 1
Madison, Wis., Bishop Robert Morlino's decision to join the advisory board of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation is a "scandal" and a "betrayal to martyrs" such as Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, says a Maryknoll priest who is a leading critic of the military training facility based in Fort Benning, Ga.
The institute, successor to the controversial School of the Americas, provides training to soldiers from 17 Latin American nations. Graduates number more than 60,000 over the past six decades and include some of the region's most notorious human rights abusers.
"I was somewhat surprised when I was approached about this opportunity to serve our country, but I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to support our military and our brothers and sisters, neighbors in the Western Hemisphere, by standing up for the truth about morality and justice," Morlino told the Catholic Herald, newspaper of the Madison diocese.
Maryknoll Fr. Roy Bourgeois said that Morlino "will be used by the Pentagon and by the military to legitimize what we see as evil, as wrongdoing, as injustice."
"They've been trying to get a bishop on board for some time now to legitimatize what they are doing," he said. …