Lamenting what he described as an unhealthy prevalence of criminality in ‘so many of our Islands’, the head of the Saint Lucia Catholic Church has appealed for a peaceful resolution of conflicts.
“I appeal to those who are committing crime in our society – crime at any price, to please; please; please find another way – a peaceful way of resolving your differences,” Archbishop Robert Rivas stated.
Rivas lamented that criminals are taking the law into their own hands.
“For any price they are settling their differences and that cannot be the way,” he stated in a Good Friday interview.
He recalled that on Thursday, Holy Thursday, when people should be reflecting deeply on the ‘Mystery of Christ’ and the gift of life that God offers, there was a report a man was shot twice in the head near a Catholic boys’ school in Castries.
It was a reference to the murder in broad daylight on Broglie Street,Castries, of George Charles Boulevard resident, Chad Ramsay, 33.
“When you point a gun to someone’s head and you shoot them, there is only one thing that you want to do and it is to kill that person,” Rivas asserted.
“But for what? Why? And where is this going? How long is this going to continue?”
The Archbishop asserted that if people do not respect life and are not prepared to understand the sacredness of life, then the killings will continue for a price or for nothing just to settle a difference and get revenge.
“To show that we could do what we want,” he explained.
He said that does not promote peace and true development in any nation.
Archbishop Rivas declared that the time has come for a change in that type of behaviour in the society, otherwise the society will be destroyed.