Clergyman Peter Fevrier has expressed concern about ‘extreme nakedness’ during carnival.
He believes revellers need to exercise restraint during the national festivity.
Fevrier, a Deacon with the Family and Life Secretariat of the Roman Catholic Church, observed that according to the scriptures, people must learn to glorify God with their bodies.
He expressed the view that except for the ‘extreme nakedness’, carnival this year was good.
Fevrier said the music and calypsoes were good and the Queen contest was of a high standard.
But he observed:“If you are celebrating carnival you must temper your spirit – your body must not be too exposed, your dancing or your gyrations must not be too suggestive.”
“We caution people on the manner in which they conduct themselves but it is not a command, it is not an order – it is an invitation to behave differently,” the clergyman explained.
However he observed that people choose to respond in a manner that pleases them.
“They do what they want,” Fevrier declared.
Nevertheless he disclosed that the teaching on the matter is :” Do what you have to do, understanding that you should not violate the presence of God who exists in your body in the form of the Holy Spirit.”
He said Catholics have been advised accordingly.
Fevrier said it was important that as Saint Lucia celebrates national events like carnival, people must be careful about what they do with themselves.
He explained that not just the rest of the community but God himself is offended when people go to extremes.
As far as Fevrier was concerned, carnival costumes should reflect a certain level of creativity and not focus on exposing ‘more nakedness.’
“I don’t think that is good,” he stated.
“The intention to my mind should be – yes you have a great celebration, but that celebration should not go contrary to your faith, contrary to your relationship with God. In other words, anything that you do, do it in a spirit that will not offend your relationship with God or the presence of God in your life,” the church official asserted.