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Governor General deeply disturbed by developments in the church

Published:Thursday | January 19, 2017 | 9:35 AM
Allen ... When anyone suffers, we all suffer, whether victim or perpetrators.

The Governor General Sir Patrick Allen says he has been deeply disturbed by developments involving members of the Church in the past few weeks.

Allen, speaking this morning at the 37th National Leadership Prayer Breakfast at the Jamaica Pegasus also said he had taken note of the expressions of anger, frustration, cynicism and disappointment across the media.

"When anyone suffers, we all suffer, whether victim or perpetrators," Allen said.

But the Governor General appealed to Jamaicans not to allow emotions to overtake them, saying they all had to be agents of change.

He added that righteous indignation is of little value without the accompanying commitment to love.

The Governor General said although Jamaicans have matured as a people, they still need to take stock of themselves.

"Our leaders therefore have a most important role to play in the healing and transformation of our nation and I venture to say now more than ever."

In recent weeks, there has been intense focus of the Church following the December 28 arrest of 64-year-old Rupert Clarke, the pastor of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester.

Since then, Paul Gardner, the president of the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and his and vice-president Jermaine Gibson have resigned amid an investigation into damning allegations against them.