St Lucia Saddened By Situation In Grenada Involving Bishop Harvey And Father Gerard Paul

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St Lucia Saddened By Situation In Grenada Involving Bishop Harvey And Father Gerard Paul

The leadership of the Province of Castries, Antilles Episcopal Conference, says it is saddened by the situation unfolding in Grenada, and by the continued public display of disregard for headship, and the policies and processes of the Church.

In March, 2024, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, St George’s, and stemmed from subsequent statements made by Father Gerald Paul on various media platforms accused the church in Grenada of not condemning the situation (war between Israel and Palestine) in Gaza.

In response last month, Bishop Harvey said  Paul had “not been suspended because of what he had said about Gaza” but for his continued “lack of respect” for the church and his “pronouncements that often stray from the truth”.

However, the Episcopal Conference explains Bishop Clyde Harvey is the rightfully appointed bishop of the Diocese of St George’s-in-Grenada and must be respected as such.

It says as required by Canon Law, he submitted his resignation on attaining his 75th birthday.

In a letter in January this year it says Pope Francis, asked him to remain as bishop of the diocese with full duties and rights until a new bishop is chosen and duly appointed.

Consistent with the policies and processes of the Church, it is the expectation that any instruction which Bishop Harvey, as duly appointed Bishop of the diocese, issues to members of the clergy in the Diocese of St George’s-in-Grenada, must be adhered to.

Any objection to such instruction must follow the requisite internal processes of enquiry and resolution.

It is not the practice nor the desired position of the Church to address internal differences publicly.