The Elders Said Go : Brigadier General JosČ Efraćn Rćos Montt

When the call for Brigadier General José Efraín Ríos Montt went out over Guatemalan radio early last Tuesday, he was in a most unmilitary setting: presiding over a parent-teacher conference at a school run by the Christian Church of the Word, a small charismatic group in Guatemala

City. Since his political career had gone into eclipse after Guatemala's 1974 elections, Montt had received a call of quite a different kind. A devout Roman Catholic, the general found himself increasingly drawn to the charismatic movement, whose followers believe that God can give them the...