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DOMINICA | Catholic Church condemns confrontation on Bishop, Cardinal

Cardinal Kelvin Felix (left) and Bishop of Roseau Gabriel Malzaire Cardinal Kelvin Felix (left) and Bishop of Roseau Gabriel Malzaire
The Catholic Clergy of the Diocese of Roseau says it considers it an act of disgrace and disrespect the mannin in which His Lordship Bishop Gabriel Malzaire and His Eminence Kelvin Cardinal Felix were  confronted by a group of protesters in Marigot, and subjected to insults and embarrassing questions on Monday December 2, whilst on their way to the airport.

In a statement today, the Diocese said  the dsisrespect was not only to  the head of the Catholic Church in Dominica, but also to the clergy and the lay faithful as well.

"While we recognize the dissatisfaction and passion associated with the issue of electoral reform, and political positions in general, we believe that there are more humane and civil methods of expressing concerns and resolving conflicts" the statement said.

The  media release pointed out that the Church had spoken on numerous occasions about electoral reform and refered to the words of Bishop Malzaire in his New Year’s Day homily when he said “Of concern to many here in Dominica, especially during the past days is the issue of Electoral Reform.  It is a long-standing issue which is impacting and affecting our society. 

"It is imperative therefore that those responsible move with some alacrity to see that all is put in place for the appearance of free and fair General Elections, which are due this year.  Brothers and sisters, we are duty bound to do all in our power to maintain a just and peaceful society.  We must seek, as a people, to transcend party-political interests and work for the good of all citizens of our beloved country.  We must allow ourselves to be guided always by truth and seek justice for all.   

"All the parties involved are duty-bound to present a viable proposal for good governance for the sake of the common and greater good of the country.  Today is no doubt a good day to make appropriate resolutions in that regard,”  Bishop Malzaire said in his  New Years Homily on  January 1, 2019.

More recently at the diocesan celebration of Christ the King he quoted the Code of Conduct prepared by the Dominica Christian Council and the Association of Evangelical Churches.

The Catholic Diocese statement went on to say: we wish to remind all citizens that “our duty as clergy is to recognize that our basic obligation is to promote unity in our communities,” and secondly “to refrain from saying or doing anything likely to be interpreted as partisan politics.”

"We encourage all people of good will to continue to pray and work for free, fair and peaceful elections, and that “we accept the verdict of the majority even if it differs from the way one has voted according to one’s conscience,” the statement concluded.

 

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