Local Priest says Capital punishment an option

Catholic Priest, Linus Clovis, has asserted in an exclusive interview with the Times that for some crimes, capital punishment is the only option.

“This is my opinion – nobody else’s,” Clovis declared while noting that the church in the Caribbean has adopted the position that capital punishment should not be exercised.

The Clergyman made the remarks while expressing concern  about crime and  the “horrendous” rape of the elderly as investigations continue here into the burglary, rape and homicide involving 76-year old victim – Rosa Rosemond of Marisule.

In voicing support for capital punishment for some crimes, the Catholic Priest told the Times he was not looking at the issue from a standpoint of vindictiveness.

“I am looking at it as retribution,” Clovis said.

He expressed the view that the persons committing the crimes, until brought face to face with their mortality, do not appreciate that there is a God on the “other side” to whom they have to answer.

“I think when you are faced with your mortality – when you know that you have  only a week, two days, three days, it gives you an opportunity to repent,” Clovis explained.

He referred to the ‘good thief’ who was about to be executed along with Jesus Christ.

“He recognized that his life did not match up to Christ who was suffering patiently and unjustly and he said ‘We – have you no fear of God?’ were his first words, speaking to his brother thief : ‘we are only paying for what we have done wrong; this man is innocent’,” Clovis stated.

The Catholic Priest asserted that there has been a lot of misunderstanding regarding the church’s position on capital punishment.

He explained that the church has not and cannot condemn capital punishment because it is something sanctioned in scripture.

Clovis observed that what happened was that Pope John Paul had said because of the violence, particularly the murder of children in the wombs of their mothers and the devaluation of human life especially of the innocent, the stage was reached where it was possible to incarcerate or find alternative punishment rather than capital punishment.

According to Clovis, John Paul was referring to developed countries which can afford to incarcerate.

“When you come to developing countries and the developing world, can we afford to incarcerate so many criminals when our children do not have the basic necessities to even go to school?” The local Clergyman said.

Clovis presented a number of reasons for the current crime situation locally and offered several suggestions to deal with the problem.

“Personally I think that unless something is really done – and it must begin spiritually, we are going to see even worse crimes,”  he told the Times.


  1. Anonymous
    December 12, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Get her name right please. Roseann Raymond

  2. 666
    December 12, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    And your God said “Thou shall not kill,” that’s why religion has been the biggest problem this planet has ever seen. Religion is a great evil and the hypocrisy stinks!

    1. Anonymous
      December 14, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      How many verses do you know……? Whatever you are link to ..give a better idea.

  3. John Williams
    December 12, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    That’s correct. Every option must be on the table. A few can’t impose themselves on the vast majority. A tiny group should not make the population live in fear. You have to break eggs to make an omelet.

  4. Anonymous
    December 13, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Good morning my people.
    I don’t see why this is taking so long to understand. At this stage and point are we going to allow these groups of people who have nothing better to do. Nothing stopping them to do what they want to do. Take over our country and to do as they please and nothing else matters to them. And we can’t stop them.. Oh oh no St Lucia is too small to allow these things to happen. Jail them no. CAPITAL in capital punishment. Is the solution. Or Beat their (Word deleted) publicity for the message to reach their friends. And that goes as LESS You FORGET. Thanks

  5. anon
    December 13, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Disgusting blogs – a world falling into total decadence, divest of any true morals!

  6. Anonymous
    December 13, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Melbourne, Australia. RC priest Linus Clovis is right about death punishment. In the Bible, there are verses for capital punishment. Don’t fool yourselves to use the verse “Thou should not kill”. Here, it is referring, that no one is allowed to kill innocent people. Capital punishment as a punishment is something else.