The opinion-piece was written at the height of the debate over the legalization of same-sex unions back in 2009. In fact, the author of the paper had sent it to me for my thoughts, and because I thought it was simply an opinion piece, I did not object to what he had to say. It was an opinion - his opinion. I did not know that it was going to be printed and copied and distributed to the senators at a meeting with the clergy.
- I was the most visible challenger to the bill and people saw me as a representative of the Church (I was not but I'll get to that.)
- The second most visible person who opposed the bill was Deacon Tenorio and he was seen as speaking for the Church ( he was not).
- The Archbishop released a couple of official statements from the pulpit and published them in the U Matuna, the Catholic paper.
"If this law passes, I really give up," said the Archbishop. "I cannot go. I mentioned even in the pastoral letter, that my soul is in peril if I remain silent. You cannot remain silent, your soul will also be in peril. God will condemn us."