PRAYING ON THE HILL: Two parishioners pray during Stations of the Cross on San Fernando Hill yesterday.

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Pereira: ‘Spiritual corruption’ hurting T&T

...Priest blames PALE GAS

By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

DESPITE being rich economically, citizens in Trinidad and Tobago are allowing pride, avarice, lust, envy, gluttony, anger and sloth to cripple the nation.

This is according to Monsignor Christian Pereira, who said yesterday those ills formed the base of “spiritual corruption” in the country.

He used an acronym PALE GAS (pride, avarice, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, sloth) to demonstrate those “capital sins.”

Pereira said: “In spite of the fact that we as a people have been so abundantly blessed, our society continues to be pureed because of what I call the pale gas that we produce.”

He was addressing Christian believers who trekked up San Fernando Hill for the annual Good Friday Stations of the Cross procession.

The parish priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Roman Catholic Church, Harris Promenade, San Fernando, said he created the acronym  “to help us understand what it is that is truly destroying our nation”.

He said the death of Jesus Christ, around which Easter is centred, was to destroy the effects of PALE GAS.

Pereira also  said: “Those resources that have made our nation economically rich for many decades, the oil and the gas that comes from under the ground and out of the sea, has been for us a blessing and a curse. For many years these natural resources have been given to us but we have not always managed these resources properly as evident from the recent and ongoing disaster in La Brea and surrounding areas.”

“Worse yet, we have not managed the profits of the oil and gas properly as evidence by the state of our various institutions, education, our housing situation, our health and other resources.”

Pereira encouraged followers to accept the death of Jesus Christ and to learn from his life’s examples.

The occasional showers of rain during the procession did not stop persons of all ages from walking up the hill, singing and praying for themselves and the country.

After Pereira’s homily, the church’s youths performed a dance and dramatic piece emphasising the sins he spoke about.

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