In last week’s Saturday Express, you included in your newspaper a letter written by Christian Pereira, parish priest, St Benedict’s, La Romaine.

He describes his anti-Trump venom as “a clear and objective review of Donald Trump’s policies over the last four years”. He also seems to have elevated himself by stating “I am thoroughly amazed that the leading Catholic officials seem to be blinded by his demonic influence”.

I find myself coming to only one conclusion: Christian Pereira, parish priest, St Benedict’s, La Romaine, though not stating it, must be endorsing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, for there can be only one winner and one loser. He is absolutely entitled to do so, even though, what we think or say in Trinidad and Tobago will have not an iota of influence on the outcome of the American elections.

However, what I find to be extremely troubling is a Roman Catholic parish priest publicly supporting Joe Biden and Kamala Harris—a team that openly supports abortion with virtually no limits, and wants to repeal any laws that prohibit American Federal taxpayers’ funds from paying for such abortions.

At what stage of development does a foetus become a human being?

The “demonic” Mr Trump even had to sign an Executive Order protecting infants born alive. Yes! Born alive!

Then on Tuesday, Andy Johnson reported in your newspaper what the Catholic Archbishop of Port of Spain, Charles Jason Gordon, said about the death penalty; it is not just, it is only poor people who get the death penalty, et cetera.

He further said the current pope has expressed the view that “authorities should resolve to put an end to recourse to the death penalty altogether as a means of dealing with capital offences”.

Our pope and our archbishop want to bring an end to capital punishment, the punishment for murdering another human, which incidentally, has not been carried out for a very long time in T&T.

I am not sure what is the abortion rate in our country. But a Catholic parish priest in Trinidad is publicly expressing his wish for the outcome of the US presidential election, a Biden-Harris administration, though they have vowed to “restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood”, which almost guarantees the killing of innocent babies.

“Trump is dangerous,” he states. And goes on, “I note that the only defence guilty persons have is accusing someone else of the very wrong they are doing”. Wow! Is this a new form of philosophical logic?

In Matthew’s gospel, Chapter 22:21, he quotes Jesus as saying “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and render unto God the things that are God’s.” Jesus was specifically referring to payment of taxes to Caesar (Rome), but for two thousand years this has been quoted and remains an issue between the Christian faith and secular governments.

Is capital punishment a matter that concerns “Caesar” or “God”?

Should we still practise retributive justice, that is, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”?

I will leave that for the politicians, theologians and philosophers to argue, and our archbishop is entitled to do so. However, what form of justice is used to justify killing a totally innocent child?

Are we, as Christians (no pun intended), giving our tacit approval to this heinous act by wishing Joe Biden to be the new president in the US? The contradiction confuses me.

Joseph Elias

Chaguaramas

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