The “Red Bishop” of Honduras says he will run for president of the Central American nation if he gets permission from Pope Benedict XVI.
Bishop Luis Santos Villeda of Santa Rosa de Copan will celebrate his 75th birthday in November and plans to immediately submit his resignation to the Vatican, as required by canon law. Once his resignation is accepted and he is freed from the responsibilities of bishop, Bishop Santos says, he will run for president as a candidate of a progressive faction of the Liberal Party, whose last president, Manuel Zelaya, was deposed in a 2009 coup.
“I don’t aspire to be president of Honduras. This isn’t my idea,” Bishop Santos told Catholic News Service.
He said he was first asked by Liberal Party leaders in the 1990s, and again in 2009, to become a candidate, but both times he declined.