by Cristina Odone A CATHOLIC priest is defying his archbishop and running for the Presidency in Chile.
Fr Eugenio Pizarro says he will defy calls from Catholic Church authorities that he drop out of the Chilean presidential campaign and give up his political activity.
The priest, who led protests against the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in the early 1980s, had asked for a year's leave of absence to campaign as "a candidate for the poor", but instead was suspended last month from pastoral duties by Archbishop Carlos Oviedo Cavada of Santiago.
Archbishop Oviedo called on Catholics to pray for Fr Pizarro "so that God may enlighten him to change his attitude as soon as possible".
Canon Law bars priests from running for political office.