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Priest Under Fire"Padre David Rodríguez, the Catholic Church, and El Salvador's Revolutionary Movement"$
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Peter M. Sánchez

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061191

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061191.001.0001

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A Democratic Priest

A Democratic Priest

“Padre David has the word”

(p.199) 6 A Democratic Priest
Priest Under Fire

Peter M. Sánchez

University Press of Florida

Chapter 6 tells the story of Rodríguez’s move to democratic political leadership. Victory for the FMLN meant that they could now finally participate politically and bring necessary changes via the ballot box. Rodríguez tried to return to the church but conditions were placed on his that he found unacceptable and thus he returned to the FMLN to help establish it as a legal political party. Owing to his popularity and his longstanding struggles representing the interests of the campesinos, Rodríguez was nominated as a candidate for a legislative seat in the Department of La Paz, which was part of the diocese of San Vicente, a region in which he was well-known. He was elected in 1997 and re-elected in 2000; and then again in 2009 and in 2012, meaning that he will serve as a legislator until 2015. This chapter will highlight the difficulties in trying to bring structural changes to El Salvador via the electoral process. Part of the problem lies in the leaders themselves, who often become complacent once they win political office.

Keywords:   Peace Accords, UN Truth Commission, amnesty law, Salvadoran Legislative Assembly, Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA), Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), democratic elections

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