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For sound leadership and hearts of love...

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

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Dear Editor,

Can the goodwill of our politicians bring to realisation justice, equality, mutual respect, sincerity, honesty, and fidelity for a better Jamaica?

To achieve these noble values, our politicians must appreciate the calling and opportunity of the political office they hold and the political responsibility they are called to fulfil. Thus, having been elected to office we implore our politicians to make every effort to create conditions that respect all life, safeguard freedom, and protect the dignity of every person so that, as Pope Francis says, “Political life becomes an outstanding form of charity.”

In this regard Pope France recalls the “Beatitudes of the Politician”, proposed by the late Vietnamese Cardinal Francis-Xavier Nguyen Văn Thuan, died 2002:

1. Blessed be the politician with a lofty sense and deep understanding of his role.

2. Blessed be the politician who personally exemplifies credibility.

3. Blessed be the politician who works for the common good and not his or her own interest.

4. Blessed be the politician who remains consistent.

5. Blessed be the politician who works for unity.

6. Blessed be the politician who works to accomplish radical change.

7. Blessed be the politician who is capable of listening.

8. Blessed be the politician who is without fear.

Thus, may our politicians bring legitimacy to governance by service that promotes a bond of trust, sparing us the lament of perennial corruption, partisan self-serving motive, and obstructionism.

Therefore, our leaders must provide solutions that go beyond temporary psychological impact that accommodate compromise of constitutional rights when dealing with crime.

And our nation needs leadership that forsakes the apparent primacy given to holding or seeking power at all cost, so that the virtue of a bipartisan collaboration is not given a chance to address deep-rooted social problems that continue to retard the overall well-being of our citizens and the socio-economic advancement of our nation.

Our hope for 2019 must be that we do not lose the gains we are making as a nation by failing to unite in addressing obstacles to national development. Therefore, let our hearts be united in love for Jamaica, for our people and land we love, so that together, by the grace of God, we build a better nation.

Kenneth Richards

Archbishop of Kingston


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