Norbert Williams, the Communications Director of Speak Out Saint Lucia (S.O.S), has taken issue with a recent statement by the Catholic Church.
The statement expressed concern about several matters here including the controversial DSH project and some social issues.
Williams asserted that the church is looked to for direction in every aspect of life because it subscribes to the teaching in the bible.
He told the times that the institution has a right, as any Saint Lucian does, to discuss the issues affecting this country.
But the S.O.S official told the Times that the church statement comes across as being late and wanting further explanation.
He observed that the church had made a statement on projects in Saint Lucia, while not focussing on problems like crime, including rape.
“Saint Lucians have been crying out for quite a while now for the church to make a statement and say something about the incest – to say something definitive about the rapes in Saint Lucia and child molestation,” Williams recalled.
He explained that he had been part of the chorus of calls to the church to speak up.
Williams told the Times that for the past two years he and others have been in the forefront of lamenting over the silence of the church.
“It is left to wonder now – why at this point in time, and only about these projects – not even addressing the human problems that we are facing in Saint Lucia,” he declared.
Williams noted that some people are upset that the church is being taken to task about that.
“What I have to say about it is ‘Why not?’ Why can’t the church be criticised? Why can’t the church be questioned when they have been silent for so long when – as far as many people are concerned, the church has basically, in essence, abandoned its responsibility to the people in having a guiding role when all of these human conditions have been going on for quite a while?'” He stated.