Bishop Erwin Krautler’s homily delivered at the Eucharist celebration on the occasion of the third anniversary of Sister Dorothy Stang’s assassination.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Our Lord Jesus Christ,

We celebrate the third anniversary of the death of our Sister Dorothy.  On February 12, 2005 she was brutally executed.  During these three years I have been asked many times why a Sister who consecrated her life to the poor and accompanied their struggle for more dignity, for justice and for the most elementary rights to have a piece of ground where they could plant and reap, why this sister of the poor suffered such a cruel death.  The answer is simple and we all know what it is.  To place herself decidedly on the side of the people not favored by and excluded from a savage capitalist system that reigns in our region, she went against the interests and ambitions of an oligarchy that wants assume ownership of Amazonia to take advantage its riches without a single care for the consequences for future generations.  The motto is “Use it while you can” and who sketches a plan against this attack, places ones life at risk because the representatives of this system that is so aggressive to Amazonia react and conspire immediately against anyone who does not sign on with the plan.  Dorothy was a victim of her love for Amazonia.  Because of this love she lost her life. More