WASHINGTON--Condemning the crimes against defenseless people, Archbishop John L. May of St. Louis, has cabled the Episcopal Conference of Haiti with "our profound esteem and support" during a time of domestic violence there.
Archbishop May, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, sent the message to the corresponding group of Haitian bishops because of the attacks against innocent people and the Church in that country. The text of Archbishop May's cable (sent December 18 and now being made public) to Bishop Francois Gayot, President of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti, follows.
In the light of the growing attacks against the Church in Haiti, coming even from the highest quarters, I wish once again to assure you of our profound esteem and support for the leadership you and the other pastors of the Church in Haiti continue to offer.
With you we condemn the crimes of violence committed against defenseless people and deplore the unconstitutional abrogation of the electoral laws. With you we reaffirm our solidarity with the Haitian people in their quest for freedom and progress in the building of a truly democratic society. And with you, we invite all to trust in the Lord, confident that the suffering of these days will be turned into the fruit of justice.
May Mary, the Mother of Perpetual Help, grant strength and consolation to all her sons and daughters in Haiti as we await the coming of her Son, the Redeemer and Prince of Peace.