Daily Gleaner - May 21, 1972
Manley sees healthy development in role of Church
The Prime Minister Hon. Michael Manley has described as a “…healthy development”
The role of the Church in the Caribbean in focusing attention on the problems of the people, during discussions at Jamaica House on Friday with Archimandrite Abba Laike M. Mandefro, Head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A and Jamaica.
With Mr. Manley was Senator the Hon. Dudley Thompson Minister of State in the Office Of the Prime Minister.
Abba Mandefro who arrived in Jamaica on Thursday on a four-day visit at the invitation of the Government, was accompanied by Abba Gabre Eyesus Smith of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A, Deacon Tekle of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Jamaica and Mr. George Shoucair, Legal adviser to the Church. He also called on the Governor General Sir Clifford' Campbell at King's House.
Mr. Manley pointed out that Governments in the Western Hemisphere had lost spiritual inspiration because of the separation between Church and State. The Jamaican Government wanted to build a bridge of understanding between Church and State, he said. And referred to the appointment of the Rev. Ashley Smith as his advisor on Church State relations. The Prime Minister stated that in the Caribbean the Church was focusing it’s attention on the problems of the people and this is of “…tremendous significance.”
The Church was not only concerned with the spiritual salvation of the people but temporal sufferings of the people and this was a healthy development.
Father Mandefro emphasized the importance of a close relationship between Church and State. He said that it was essential that Government work closely with the Church “… because the church is the people and the people the church and the government is of the people.”
He explained that in Ethiopia separation between Church and State did not exist.