A priest has apologised to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves for the development at the funeral of EG Lynch on July 19, where some mourners prevented Gonsalves from delivering a tribute as scheduled.
Kari Xavier Marcelle, the priest in charge of the Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown, where the development took place, apologised to Gonsalves in a letter last week, the Prime Minister told the media this week.
Marcelle was out of state at the time of the funeral, at which Father Ulric Jones officiated.
A second of the crowd booed Gonsalves, while at least one bell was rung as he was called to deliver a tribute at the funeral of his one-time political ally turned foe.
Gonsalves told the media that Marcehlle’s apology came after Gonsalves attended a funeral at the church last week.
“He asked the congregation to stand as I came through as a mark of respect until the Prime Minister took his seat. The courtesies were extended at the end of the service again, in a way in which he considered very proper. And the church followed and they were very dignified and they followed the instruction of Father Marcelle,” Gonsalves said of his treatment at the funeral last week.
Gonsalves said he received a letter from the priest that same day, in which the cleric wrote:
“Permit me to extend my sincerest apologies for the lack of decorum and poise displayed at the funeral of E.G. Lynch in the month of July. Regrettably, I was out of the state. The obvious procedures of protocol were not observed and the lack of respect for God and each other was embarrassing and distasteful and for this, again, I apologise.
“Please be assured that you are welcomed in our parish church and congregations within the parish, Mt Grennan to Fancy, at any service or occasion that your schedule will allow and that you, your government, and the opposition are always in our prayers,” Gonsalves quoted the letter as saying.
Gonsalves also said that the priest wrote about other things, but did not disclose them.
“So, I am very happy to have received this letter. I know the people of the parish and also in the church most of whom, as you will expect, given the majorities that I have had in North Central, support me politically, and this is an indication from their resident priest as to how they felt about what transpired in July at E.G. Lynch’s funeral. So, I thought it fair to bring this to your attention,” said Gonsalves who is parliamentary representative for North Central Windward, where the church is located.