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No Father that’s not true

There was a time in my spiritual growth that I attended church on a regular basis because I was told that it was the thing to do if one wanted to get to heaven. I attended the Catholic Church and listened attentively to some of the statements which were uttered in Latin that I could not even translate but simply joined the congregation in saying at the end “yes Father that is true.” Those days were almost like – questioning a priest was a sinful practice.

As I grew older, I realise that some practices in the church today are based on old practices in the days when the Romans ruled things and introduced some rituals to the innocent congregation. As I listened to the utterances of Fr Gerard Paul on GBN last Friday I wished he would have revealed the source of his findings since nowhere in the Bible could I find a verse to glorify Carnival as a Christian festival; yet the Bible is being said to be the best available book for current research on Christianity. It’s not clear if the local priest was speaking on behalf of the Catholic Church as he dumped his speculations on the radio with the hope that people would take it as gospel.

Fr Paul it was very frightening and disturbing the way you used the power vested in you to corrupt things in Grenada. You officially associated evil with black when you said that the slaves wanted to mimic masa and his evil ways by painting themselves black. Am I right? I would think to mimic masa one should be painted white as a few people on the road had done. But you seem to be adamant that evil is black. Were those racial slurs necessary since we do have Caucasian priests?  

Please come back and tell us where you got the information that the pre- Lenten Carnival that was introduced here with the coming of the French people whose main religion was Roman Catholic, has anything to do with the emancipation of slaves which took place later in the year. The two are months apart and are not one and the same thing Father. There are good researchers here such as Dr Curtis Jacobs and others, let’s get their take on the issue before we document rubbish for future generations.

It is surprising the way you, as a priest, have jumbled up the issue just to glorify you playing mas and Jab to be exact when your church still has Ash Wednesday and the forty days of praying and fasting in a bid to get the god’s forgiveness for the bacchanalia that Carnival was supposed to have brought? Thank God there is the internet today that one can use to research certain topics and that festival is one of them. To get a better appraisal I am suggesting that people study the pre- Christian pagan period and the Gregorian calendar, the meaning behind wearing of horned helmets and the painting of the skin.

Father I am sorry, but what you have divulged on us is not the truth; but I am still a Catholic and I know that God blessed feasting and fasting but not Carnival.

Anonymous

No Father that’s not true

There was a time in my spiritual growth that I attended church on a regular basis because I was told that it was the thing to do if one wanted to get to heaven. I attended the Catholic Church and listened attentively to some of the statements which were uttered in Latin that I could not even translate but simply joined the congregation in saying at the end “yes Father that is true.” Those days were almost like – questioning a priest was a sinful practice.

As I grew older, I realise that some practices in the church today are based on old practices in the days when the Romans ruled things and introduced some rituals to the innocent congregation. As I listened to the utterances of Fr Gerard Paul on GBN last Friday I wished he would have revealed the source of his findings since nowhere in the Bible could I find a verse to glorify Carnival as a Christian festival; yet the Bible is being said to be the best available book for current research on Christianity. It’s not clear if the local priest was speaking on behalf of the Catholic Church as he dumped his speculations on the radio with the hope that people would take it as gospel.

Fr Paul it was very frightening and disturbing the way you used the power vested in you to corrupt things in Grenada. You officially associated evil with black when you said that the slaves wanted to mimic masa and his evil ways by painting themselves black. Am I right? I would think to mimic masa one should be painted white as a few people on the road had done. But you seem to be adamant that evil is black. Were those racial slurs necessary since we do have Caucasian priests?  

Please come back and tell us where you got the information that the pre- Lenten Carnival that was introduced here with the coming of the French people whose main religion was Roman Catholic, has anything to do with the emancipation of slaves which took place later in the year. The two are months apart and are not one and the same thing Father. There are good researchers here such as Dr Curtis Jacobs and others, let’s get their take on the issue before we document rubbish for future generations.

It is surprising the way you, as a priest, have jumbled up the issue just to glorify you playing mas and Jab to be exact when your church still has Ash Wednesday and the forty days of praying and fasting in a bid to get the god’s forgiveness for the bacchanalia that Carnival was supposed to have brought? Thank God there is the internet today that one can use to research certain topics and that festival is one of them. To get a better appraisal I am suggesting that people study the pre- Christian pagan period and the Gregorian calendar, the meaning behind wearing of horned helmets and the painting of the skin.

Father I am sorry, but what you have divulged on us is not the truth; but I am still a Catholic and I know that God blessed feasting and fasting but not Carnival.

Anonymous

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