By Kaelanne Jordan
The Catholic Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) has strongly recommended that governments of the Caribbean be guided by two principles dear to the bishops in Catholic Social Teaching—the preferential option for the poor and marginalised and the principle of solidarity.
“As you act decisively to confront the virus and to provide aid and relief wherever it is needed, let us do all we can for our senior citizens, setting an example for our people to follow. In this time of pain for all, let us include in our care, the homeless, the refugees and migrants. If at all we must confine people to their homes, let us remember that some among us have no home,” AEC President Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau, Dominica said in his message to the Governments of the Caribbean issued April 3.
In it, Bishop Malzaire said that in seeking to improve the regulatory frameworks to sustain the economies, “let us seek to protect the jobs of workers, even as we support the investments of our entrepreneurs. May we always seek to help those who will be left unemployed as this crisis unfolds.”
The message began with Bishop Malzaire greeting the brothers and sisters in the service of God’s Caribbean people as “fellow workers” in the midst of the spread of the coronavirus which is impacting the world and the vulnerable Caribbean region. He applauded the respective governments of the region for their proactive approach in managing and containing the spread of the virus and protecting the people especially those most at risk.