Open Letter from the Conference of Haitian Religious to the Heads of the three Branches of the Government
We, a group of 350 religious men and women from different parts of the country, assembled in the Cathedral of Cap-Haitian for a penitential rite of reparation, want to express to you our two-fold indignation - as members of the Catholic Church - for the desecration of the Church and the insult to our Bishops by the Prefect of Cap-Haitian during the religious service in the Cathedral of Cap-Haitian, November 18, 1984.
This grave and public insult affects the entire Christian community, which has never before faced such an attack against its faith.
The intervention by the Prefect is an act which cannot be accepted, even in a non-religious context. There is an unwritten social code which forbids the interruption of a ceremony, be it religious, military, or civilian.
We want to reaffirm our unity with our Bishops and demonstrate our solidarity with them by strongly supporting their communique of November 13, 1984, as well as all of their actions on behalf of the promotion of human dignity.
We call on you to do your best to guarantee religious freedom in Haiti, to make reparations for the desecration of the Cap-Haitian Cathedral as soon as possible, and to respond in the most unequi-vocal fashion to the Dec. 13, 1984 communique.
We express our deepest respect.