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President Anthony Carmona and Archbishop Joseph Harris greet each other at the Sign of Peace.

Preaching the homily at last Sunday’s ‘Independence Day Mass’, Archbishop Harris said that the “serious national malaise” was manifested by “the spate of murders, the unbridled corruption, the coarse and demanding nature of our national discourse, the pandering of political parties to their ethnic bases, in this period of economic decline, the absence of a viable and equitable safety net…the inability of Government and opposition to come together for the good of the nation….”

He drew an analogy to the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission’s programme, Common Sense Parenting, where behavioural change is encouraged through discipline and the acceptance of personal responsibility. This he felt, was the solution to the ills currently pervading the nation: a change in mindset where discipline and personal responsibility are at the core.

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