The Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) is supporting the Government's decision to declare a state of emergency and is calling on all Catholics to do likewise."The Catholic Church continues to be deeply concerned about the escalation of crime in T&T," a release from the commission yesterday stated.The statement added: "The CCSJ calls on all Catholics and, indeed, the entire national community to support the measure by offering up prayers."Let us make a new commitment to reduce crime and restore our respect for law and for the dignity of human life."Our aim must be to reject a culture of violence and death and embrace a culture of life."
The CCSJ said it was aware that short-term answers to deeper social problems would not work and is calling on the Government to also develop medium and long-term strategies to deal with crime and violence.White-collar crime and the drug and arms trade must also be tackled, the CCSJ advised.Social problems like unemployment and poverty also must be addressed.Urgent attention was needed in the areas of strengthening family life and promoting moral and spiritual values, it said.The CCSJ asked the church to end services at a reasonable time to ensure worshippers reach home before the 9 pm curfew."We appeal to all citizens of good will to use this time to bond with your family and to recommit to living virtuous lives," the commission said.