CAMILO TORRES by German Guzman


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In time, there will probably be published an objective, unbiased and critical biography of Camilo Torres, the Colombian priest who, tiring of the fat politicians and even fatter Church of his country, tore off his cassock and took to the mountains to fight with the guerillas for ""social justice"" in Colombia. At the moment, however, Torres' death is too recent, and his friends--of whom the present author is one-- too devoted, to allow dispassionate appraisal. Mr. Guzman's Torres is a saint, a hero, and a crusader; while his enemies (of which there were many, ecclesiastical and political) are, at best, gross pragmatists with little regard for the right and the just and, especially, the poor. Probably the truth lies somewhere between, for Torres in his lifetime often appeared stubborn rather than devoted, contemptuous of anyone who differed with him, and indifferent to the authority of any man but himself. While waiting, however, for some judicious historian to put together the pieces of the Torres puzzle in such a way that the man, rather than the hero, may appear, Mr. Guzman's effort will serve adequately to edify, and perhaps to inspire, Torres' many admirers in this country.

Pub Date: Feb. 26th, 1969
Publisher: Sheed & Ward