In Guatemala, Jesus is rejected for post as an army general
The suggestion that a statue of Jesus should be given the status of a general in the Guatemalan army was made at a Christmas eve mass by Catholic priest Orlando Aguilar.
But, according to this report, when the daft idea reached the ears of Archbishop Oscar Vianhe, bishop of the capital Guatemala City, he firmly rejected the idea.
Brothers and sisters, as I have said and repeated many times, nobody consulted me about ascending Jesús de la Merced to the rank of general in the army.
Media reports suggested that Jesús de la Merced was to be made a general ahead of the 300th anniversary of the blessing of the statue in 2017.
If the idea had been approved this would have been Jesús de la Merced’s second army role. During devastating cholera outbreaks in the 1800s, then-president Rafael Carrera gave the statue the rank of army colonel and it was marched around Guatemala in an effort to combat the epidemic.
President Alejandro Maldonado stressed that, as Armed Forces Commander General, he would never have gone along with Aguilar’s suggestion unless Roman Catholic authorities had first given their approval.
Hat tip: Ivan Bailey