Babonneau Parish Priest, Nwakwuo Celestin, has lamented that the churches are empty every Sunday while the streets are filled with young men and women, all in the name of pleasure.
But he declared that people cannot do without God, no matter who they are.
Celestin, who serves the Good Shepherd Church in Babonneau said that the problem of crime in Babonneau and Saint Lucia as a whole is one of ‘dysfunctionality’, which can be traced back to the education system.
“At any point in time any government, any person decides to take away the school from the church, take away religion from the schools, I think that is the foundation of the problem we are experiencing today,” Celestin observed.
“That’s what happened in America; that’s what happened in England; that’s what happened in so many other civilizations,” the clergyman declared.
He was addressing a ceremony on Tuesday where the Babonneau Association in New York presented a cheque to the church which will later this month observe the 70th anniversary of its construction.
The Babonneau Parish Priest gave the assurance that religious leaders in Babonneau and especially at the Good Shepherd Church are not sleeping.
Celestin disclosed that the religious leaders will be coming out with spiritual programmes to address the problems.
However he lamented that young people hardly ever show up when they are summoned.
Quoting from the bible, he explained that people cannot call on the name of God in times of trouble if they do not know him.
“How can you know God if you do not hear his word?” Celestin said.