Very intersting article on the location of the new Mormon Temple in Tegucigalpas, Honduras. It will not be located next to the Basilica of Our Lady of Suyapa.
Mormon Times | Published: Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 | By Michael De Groote
"Public fears that a "gigantic temple" would block the view of one of Honduras' most famous Catholic basilicas has led The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to look for a new location for the Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple.
The Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple was announced June 9, 2006, and ground was broken a year later at a site that is about 2,000 feet away from the Our Lady of Suyapa Basilica. The LDS Church purchased the land about 15 years ago, according to a local church leader, Luis Duarte, who was quoted in an article in the Honduran daily newspaper La Tribuna. The site is across the street from the National Autonomous University of Honduras, the largest university in Honduras.
"People saw (the temple being built so close to the basilica) as a provocation," said Bishop Darwin Rudy Andino Ramirez, auxiliary bishop of the Tegucigalpa Catholic Archdiocese, in La Tribuna, "but we have not seen it that way and are in dialogue with them because a representative from the (LDS) church headquarters in the United States of America came to Honduras to talk. But I do not know what decisions they have reached."
When final building permits were not forthcoming, the LDS Church began the process of looking for a new site for the temple. "No decision has been made yet (where the new temple site will be located), the church will make an announcement when a place is found," Duarte told La Tribuna.
The proposed temple would serve members of the LDS Church in Honduras and Nicaragua. as of December 2006, Honduras and Nicaragua had more than 175,000 members of the LDS Church and 308 congregations."
The full article can be found at;
Some pertinent factoids:
A. Population of Honduras: 7,326,496
B. Roman Catholic 97%
C. Protestant 2.98%
D. Mormon .02%
I visited the shrine some 20+ years ago. It is a mystic place, akin to Czestochowa in Poland (though obviously not as old.) It is in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Tegucigalpas.
Can you imagine if the LDS had built this next door?
Luckily, in Honduras, at least for now - Our Lady has the last word!