St Lucia’s Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs Joachim Henry has offered commendation to the Catholic Church there, for lending its voice and throwing its weight and support behind efforts at standing up and denouncing the spate of gun violence and other heinous crimes plaguing the island.
According to a St Lucia Times report, Minster Henry heaped “high praise” on the Church for what he said is the institution’s “bold stance” demonstrated Sunday, April 16 when Archbishop Gabriel Malzaire of Castries led a March for Peace through sections of the southern town of Vieux Fort.
“We as ministers of government and as politicians have our roles to play, but we believe that the church must play its part and must take a lead in spiritual matters, and as such, I am happy that more and more churches are heeding this call and are responding,” the minister said.
The latest March for Peace by the Catholic clergy and faithful, Minister Henry says, was a clear demonstration of a united front being put up against the wanton violence and its resulting deleterious effects on society.
“I was not able to be there with them but the other members of government who heeded the call of the church and followed through, I think this was simply amazing, and this is the way we should go,” said Henry.
Apart from meeting with faith-based organisations (FBO’s) individually, Minister Henry has held frank and open dialogue with the St Lucia Christian Council, calling on that body to be even more vocal in matters of governance.