Rivas: Catholic Church statement not political

Archbishop Robert Rivas has asserted that  a church statement  this week expressing concern about social issues in Saint Lucia was not political in nature.

According to Rivas, the Catholic clergy adopted a pastoral approach to the matter, not a political one.

“We did not write a statement against the government and what the government is doing – we wrote a statement about our concerns and the impact of some of the decisions that are being taken in the country at this time and how it is affecting our people, especially our little people,” the head of the local Catholic Church said.

He observed that the church is always concerned about the ‘little people’ – poor people who do not have a voice of their own.

Rivas explained to reporters today that concern about social issues in Saint Lucia prompted the Catholic Church to issue this week’s statement regarding a number of social matters, including the controversial DSH project.

“Our clergy sat down and reflected on these social issues and decided  that the time had come  that we should make a release of our concerns regarding what is going on with the DSH as well as the other issues in the country,” the head of the local Catholic Church explained.

Rivas said the church is concerned about unemployment, the environment and violence.

“We thought that as pastors who are close to our people and who are listening to our people who are expressing fears, they are expressing concerns – there’s also a sense of restlessness I find in the country right now and when you get that sense of restlessness I think you have to become more aware. What is it that is causing that?” He stated.

He said members of the clergy want to address such situations.


“We should be the voice of the voiceless and this is where we are coming from,” Rivas explained.

Rivas noted that some responses to the church statement have suggested that some of the information presented regarding the DSH project was inaccurate.

“But if the facts are not accurate, the concerns of the people is what we are dealing with and the concerns of the people are very accurate,” he declared.

Rivas said the Catholic Church wants to ensure that the rights of people and the environment are respected.

“We are not saying that the development is not taking these issues into account, but why  could we not express our concern to ensure that these things are done and respected?” He said.


  1. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 7:03 pm


    1. Anonymous
      May 4, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      you should make an educated argument. Give facts, figures and statements that were false or inaccurate.
      Just calling people names and making empty threats is weak and uneducated.

    2. Anonymous
      May 4, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      I agree 100%

    3. Anonymous
      May 4, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      Antichrist bastard

    4. Anonymous
      May 5, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      I agree, He should be sent back to Trinidad, Rivas should check the number of Catholics leaving to go and join other denominations, so instead of making political statements without checking the facts he should look after his flock. I am a Catholic and I disagree with Rivas

  2. S@S
    May 4, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    There is a reason for the separation of Church and State. This is absurd. Please rethink you’all involvement in this matter. Seek God and let his will be done. The poor people need jobs right now and not holy communion.

  3. S@S
    May 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    This is absurd. The is a reason for the separation of church and the state. What is this country coming to? Settle down my man the time where the church had state power has long gone.

  4. Me
    May 4, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Your comment is not a very smart one sir/ma’am. Don’t you know that the Pope has often been one of the main mediators between rival governments? Why would he disapprove of one of his representatives actually representing his flock in such matters. Cmon ppl, let’s make edifying remarks.

  5. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    How do you these people are in the majority considering that there was a national march on Sunday and there wasn’t 500 people. Why are you fighting for the minority? Why did you have an audience with the Prime Minister?

  6. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Why didn’t you get the accurate information from the government and go back to the those concerned.

    1. Anonymous
      May 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm


    2. Anonymous
      May 5, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Because the government has never OFFICIALLY presented the DSH agreement document to the public

  7. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Don’t you know you are not shepherd of those on VFCCCC. There are atheist, non catholics, non practicing Catholics?

  8. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    I agree 100%

  9. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 9:22 pm


  10. Society
    May 4, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Get to know our history…and you will see the most oppressing religion is catholics..I guess we smart st.lucians..would not want to research the history of the catholic church…in St.lucia and the world..

    1. Sackawinkie
      May 5, 2017 at 8:55 am

      People “please” do, research tbe history of the catholic church; please do! History “is” repeating: the storm IS blowing….. “BIBLE PROPHECY”- keep away from the verious smoke screens and do; STAY EVER FOCUS on GOD: genuinely!

      “The Great Controversy”

      1. The Crow
        May 5, 2017 at 12:21 pm

        Please, don’t be ignorant! It’s people like you who give adventism a bad name. This statement has absolutely no place in this forum. (Take this firm someone who should know).

  11. Alvin K.
    May 4, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    If the Statement is not political then I should look into the skies and see pigs fly then. Arch Bishop we are not fools.

  12. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Well said…

  13. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    It is so sad after all we have been through you have a the pu- -y to come talk nonsense…you political hack…try to Put God first…I sorry for you…..Christ knows..smh

  14. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Well guess who will not be sitting in the front row.

  15. A patriot
    May 5, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Jesus was crucified because of ediots like y’all. Thanks God for Pope Francis who has enabled the Church to get back it’s voice and moral campus. Left to you idiot’s y’all would sell our Lucia for ten pieces of silver. Just to go at a rumshop to indulge. Then when y’all sobered down from y’all intoxicated state only to realize that our little country no longer belonged to us but to the chinise. Only then would y’all cry wolf be then it would be to late. Thanks god the Catholic church has found its voice to be the voice of our little people.

  16. sis.g
    May 5, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Oh my my where are we heading to nowadays no respect for church leaders come on people.lord put a hand .have mercy

  17. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Where is the leaders,why he put himself in politics !!! And where is the respect where is the st Mary collage money when too?when every parent use to contuibe to fix the school. take that put it in you ‘ll pipe and smoke it tell him stay out of politics he is a trindian ok .

  18. Concern catholic
    May 5, 2017 at 7:04 am

    We have been having murders and homicides and deadly accidents for the past months in St Lucia. Has Arch Bishop Rivas issued a press release? Not one in the recent past about the violence escalating in St Lucia. Yet he offers a press release on a situation that has made the people of the country very bitter against each other. Speaking out about DSH is ok however it is the contents of the statement that is in very poor taste. Did the bishop or the members of the clergy have meetings and consultations with their parishioners to get first hand information on how they feel about the project instead of releasing these one sided highly opinionated statements on behalf of the people. Our church has gone through so much. Some of our parishes are just healing from the mistakes of the church. His Grace has just reopened a wound and taken our voices away from us again. How can we catholics rise when every time we are being crushed by our shepherd?

  19. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Well done Rivas

  20. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 8:11 am

    It was time for the church to speak up. I’m happy you did archbishop

  21. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Allen has to go. Church or no church

  22. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I want to hear from the SDA as well

  23. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 8:14 am

    The RC church can see thru you Allen and your dumb deal

  24. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 8:15 am

    All the ministers turn Moo Moo. Hence the church has to speak

    1. Anonymous
      May 9, 2017 at 3:50 am

      Well all the minister’s are singing for their 15 grand a month from the poor taxpayers

  25. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 8:18 am

    U know what social issue that troubling me is the fact the priest raping the Lil boys n jus getting away with it.talk about that

  26. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Where was Rivas during 2011-2016 when alot of stuff was happening. Apparently his position will soon become political.

    1. Anonymous
      May 5, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      There was no issue that affected the country as much as the DSH project

  27. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I gree with the last statement Rivas should look into the priest abusing little boys first. Then I will listen to what he has to say. Aj

  28. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I am so pist with Rivas. All the priest that stealing money from the church for their personal gain. I haven’t heard any comment from him about that. Aj

  29. A patriot
    May 5, 2017 at 9:00 am

    We can see through you Mr or miss( anonym_ass),did the Truth from the church offend you. You see the thing is lies change all the time but the Truth will be the same today, tomorrow and always. Truth never changes.so take off your colored lenses and you may see what the future looks like with DSH and this dolphins park at pigeon island

  30. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 9:10 am

    He was “ordered” by the Parish Priest from Vieux-Fort who from the very beginning expressed his thoughts about the Project in it’s current form. Ha ha ha, what’s going on with all this hypocrisy, RIVAS!!

  31. The Crow
    May 5, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Oh my goodness! Why don’t you UWP and SLP supporters settle down! I cannot see how the statement by the Catholic Church is political. This statement is (as far as I am concerned) cannot be more apolitical than that.

    Please, remove your political blinders and be objective because if the statement was pro UWP, they would have been ecstatic whereas the SLPs would have been angry. So, get over it!

    1. Anonymous
      May 5, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      That is exactly why there should’ve been a statement of any kind. This isn’t the church’s concern.

  32. A patriot
    May 5, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Come on people take off your colored lenses and you may see what the future looks like with DSH and this dolphins park at pigeon island in it’s current form. All the church did was to highlight the Truth.

  33. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Why can’t we respect each other when we make contributions? No wonder there is so much crime. We do not know how to disagree respectfully. Exactly what we do to each other with words and a keyboard the “criminals” do with guns and knives.

    Saint Lucia is doomed because we have no respect for each other.

  34. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 10:26 am


  35. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    L p m

  36. Joe
    May 6, 2017 at 4:20 am

    The fact that the Archbishop made NO ATTEMPT to meet or discuss these issues with the government shows he intended for this to be political and went in with a premeditated agenda.
    Bolstered by the SLP advisors he surrounds himself with this statements seem to indicate his aim was to damage the Allan Chastanet Administration.

    He is a lazy and smarmy individual with no moral backbone as indicated by his uselessness in promoting the Christian message in St Lucia.

    His statement was inaccurate , full of deflecting nonsense and biased and we know where it came from.

  37. Joe
    May 6, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Archbishop Rivas response to date shows what an untrustworthy individual he is.
    He peppered his nonsensical response with deflective reference to the straw men of ‘the unfortunate’ ‘the voice of the people’ ‘the little ones’. What baloney!!
    He refused to address his blatant inaccuracies and bias. He did not explain his refusal as head of the largest Christian denomination to consult or even talk to the ruling Administration hereby spreading discord and aggravation.
    In a country suffering with so much division and discord he piles on more distrust and anger hereby hurting quality of life.
    What a horrendous creature!

  38. Anonymous
    May 6, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Please save your excuses.. The question is how many groups within the catholic church in st.Lucia are actively involved in environmental projects ??? I cannot think of any so since when your role is to be political ?? Bad news for the church with this so call bishop as their leader

  39. Hope
    June 2, 2017 at 2:11 am

    No matter what is happening politically, I can tell you personally that Bishop Rivas is an incredible, spiritual gift for all of us! I was at a Cursillo convention in northern Florida in the early 2000’s, it was at St Leo’s I believe. His message to all of us was one I will never forget. He was so human, caring, loving and shared with us His love of Our lord. I went up to him in the cafeteria and asked if he needed anything. He even included me in his homily about the love of a mother, caring. for others and how that had touched him. I cried when I heard that. He was so personable and down to earth. He is a spiritual gift to all of us and we should pray for him every day. By the way, if you read this, Bishop Rivas, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!