Archbishop: Unemployment rate alarming

Archbishop: Unemployment rate alarming

Archbishop Robert Rivas has asserted that unemployment in Saint Lucia should be a cause for alarm.

He  noted that even in developed countries there is a percentage of persons who are unemployed.

However Rivas said that when unemployment reaches some 25 percent with over 42 percent of the youth without jobs, it should ring alarm bells in this country.

The Archbishop stated that any leadership of a nation should be concerned.

He explained that those who are employed should not take it for granted, sit in a comfort zone and not care about the jobless.

“We have to have a national conscience when it comes to unemployment,” the head of the local Catholic Church declared.

The Archbishop disclosed that he was very glad to see the new government make getting people employed one of its immediate concerns.

He observed that with employment, people can build up their lives, care for their homes and families and become productive.

Archbishop Rivas spoke of the need for a philosophy where early in life, young people are taught to save.

“You might say if you don’t have, how can you save, but there is always that little bit,” he asserted.

Rivas said he was aware that some little forms of credit unions or cooperatives exist, where children are taught to put something aside.

“It may not be much, but the principle is an important one and I would like to see more of that spreading throughout our education and social system, where we help teach families to save, even when there is very little,” he explained.

The Archbishop noted that at some time in the future, he and other clergymen would like to sit with new Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, and some members of his cabinet.

He revealed that the purpose of the meeting would be to discuss how the clergy view the nation and the new administration.

Rivas said the meeting would also discuss how the clergy can be partners in developing the country.


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  1. Anonymous
    June 22, 2016 at 10:59 am Reply

    Good move my your grace

  2. Rules
    June 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm Reply

    ‘Rivas said the meeting would also discuss how the clergy can be partners in developing the country.’

    Leave politics to the politicians, and state matters to the states men. He is already doing his part in development by instruction in his spiritual.values on Sundays. Let’s not mix church and state please.

    1. Anonymous
      June 23, 2016 at 10:41 am Reply

      Are you serious, isn’t it the same Church that led the then opposition in prayer before the Election. You guys are hypocrites, it cannot be a Church of convience. Shame on my fellow St. Lucians.

  3. Anonymous
    June 22, 2016 at 8:58 pm Reply

    Why don’t you hire some able bodied young people. I mean after all you guys collect from those offerings, it’s the least you can do. You church peeps have no problem taking the “offerings” from the poor parents of these unemployed youth, do pay it forward and hire them.

  4. child of God
    June 23, 2016 at 6:48 am Reply

    Father Rivas, please,please, stay out of politics. Church and state don’t go together. For the last 4 plus years we didn’t hear from you; don’t start.

    You need to focus on your army of misbehaving men on your team.

  5. Anonymous
    June 23, 2016 at 9:10 am Reply

    Rivas shut up please. Stay in church. Haven’t you done enough damage to the Catholic Church? You want to damage the state now. Go ask God to forgive you

  6. Churchgoer
    June 23, 2016 at 9:16 am Reply

    Father Rivas, I strongly believe that the church should not get involved in politics in that matter, you should take a referendum with all the Catholic Churches and their congregation, because we will not want the church to sit down with any PM to work together, Church has its business, Politcs has its business, so please let us keep the two separate.

    We do not want to do this in St Lucia with our churches not for now and not Into the future, we want no part and Parcel of working with politics.

    Thank you.

  7. Anonymous
    June 23, 2016 at 11:26 am Reply

    he probably lamenting cuz the money they use to get via offerings is significantly reducing.

  8. GJ
    June 23, 2016 at 12:55 pm Reply

    When church stay away from Nation we then end up in lots of society trouble, Church do play an important role in society. They have sent many of us to school, help build self esteems, become good citizens of society. It’s because our nation and many others has stayed away or have demand our church leaders to stayed away from politics/ state affairs we have become so doomed. You keep God out of Country matters we fail. I by no means would say that church has hurt people but at the end of the day church is known as a hospital for sinners ” Who has no sins cast the first stone” And as many of us has prayed God has Deliver. likewise if this administration does the same they mighty as well brace for the same fate as the previous. Unless the people repent of the wicked ways and call on God, He will not hear our prayers. Heaven had politics Satan took 1/3 of the angels when he thought he could be bigger than his creator, Joseph in Egypt became prime minister, Daniel in Babylon became in high position when King Nebuchadnezzar, Etc etc. History always repeat itself. Robert, Guy Joseph and many others have been Christians in politics.
    Lets pray for our nation, God has final say over all government…And the church needs to play its role no matter what Faith once we believe in the same true God Jehovah Jirah , El Shaddai, Elohim Almight God Father son and Holy Spirit.

  9. Anonymous
    June 27, 2016 at 4:08 pm Reply

    He is part of the Babylon system

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