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The Haitian Conference of Bishops (CEH) suspends Father Gérard Jean-Juste


AHP News
September 27, 2005
The Haitian Conference of Bishops (CEH) suspends Father Gérard Jean-Juste from his priestly activities at his parish because of his reported wish to be a presidential candidate: the Bishops are criticized for never having intervened on behalf of the imprisoned priest

Port-au-Prince, September 27, 2005 (AHP)- The Haitian Conference of Bishops (CEH) decided Monday to suspend the priest of the parish of Saint Claire de Petite-Place Cazeau, Father Gérard Jean-Juste, who has been imprisoned for the past several months on imprecise grounds.  
The CEH explained its decision as being due to the fact that Father Jean-Juste apparently agreed to run as a candidate for president. His candidacy was not accepted because the CEP demanded that he submit his documentation in person.According to the Conference of Bishops, the decision made by Gérard Jean-Juste is contrary to the laws of the church. As of this decision, the parish of Sainte-Claire de Petite Place Cazeau is no longer under the direction of Father Gérard Jean-Juste said the CEH.In several religious circles of Port-au-Prince, sources wishing to remain anonymous considered that the Haitian Catholic hierarchy is sinking Father Jean-Juste deeper into his prison cell through this suspension.Men and women of the Church criticize the bishops for having never called for the release of Father Jean-Juste or even for him to appear before a judge.Father Jean-Juste was arrested on July 21st at St Pierre Church in Pétion-Ville where he had come to co-officiate funeral services alongside Bishop Pierre André Dumas for the journalist and poet Jacques Roche, who was found murdered four days earlier after having been kidnapped.

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