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Archbishop: Westminster politics divisive

Thursday, June 13 2013

Roman Catholic Archbishop Joesph Harris has said constitutional reform and a new system of governance were needed as the Westminster system is divisive.

“Constitutional reform is needed and needed very urgently. The Westminister system that we have taken on and the way we live it, cannot bring harmony to our country. It only brings division,” Harris said yesterday on a morning talk show.

A new system of governance that has the potential to build harmony, he said is urgently needed to remedy divisiveness in the society.

Asked about his comments on the purported email issue involving a number of senior government officials which Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley brought to the Parliament, Harris said it is part of what is going on in the country and holding people’s attention. Even though no one knows their origin as yet, he said, something is wrong, and whatever the source, “it says something about us as a people.”

On his comments on political issues, he said it was his duty and the church’s duty to help seek the common good, which good politics in itself seeks.

However, he said, “The church must not, and cannot get involved in partisan politics. That I would not do.”

When preaching a homily or delivering a sermon, he said, its context must apply to a situation at hand to explain God’s word for it to be relevant. At his homily on the occasion of Corpus Christi, he said in addition to his comments on the purported emails, he also spoke about the rising murder rate and crime, health issues and problems within the church.

Noting the church has an important role in moral and ethical education, he said the Catholic Church has signalled the lack of philosophical thought or critical thinking in the country.

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