Archbishop urged to speak on protesting Priest

The head of the local Catholic Church, Archbishop Robert Rivas, has been called upon to speak out on this week’s participation by a Priest in a protest outside parliament.

Vieux Fort Parish Priest, Kevin Murray, joined persons who were protesting against the multi-million dollar Desert Star Holdings (DSH) project planned for the South of the Island.

Outspoken Attorney at Law, Mary Francis, questioned whether Murray, by his actions, will divide the Catholic flock.

She told the Times that history was made when the ‘white foreign Catholic Priest’ joined the protest.

The Attorney at law declared that she has never seen a local Priest being so outspoken on such an issue.

“This is a first. I guess he is showing us that he is enlightened. The usual thing – they are more enlightened than us in terms of human rights,” she stated.

Francis, who is a Human Rights Activist, asserted that the Priest was exercising his right to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.

However she wondered whether Murray would face sanctions.

“What does the Catholic Church have to say with regard to this expression by the Shepherd of the Flock?” Francis said.

She said:

“It is a serious issue, because it may very well divide the flock down in Vieux Fort.”

Agreeing that the DSH matter has political overtones, Francis said she would like to hear what the Archbishop has to say on the matter.

She expressed the view that the Archbishop should speak up to indicate what the position of the Catholic Church is on the issue of the Priest exercising his right to freedom of expression, being mindful of the possible effect on the flock.

“I think the local clergy – this is one for them; let me hear what they have to say on the matter,” Francis declared.


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