"The state of corruption, ethical degradation, political feudalism that the country is suffering from, the prioritization of personal and sectarian interests is hindering the enhancement of the state institutions and pose a deadly social leprosy".
This is what Maronite
Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai said in his weekly Sunday sermon at the
patriarchal seat of Bkerké, with an obvious reference to the political
and social situation in Lebanon.
Inspired by the Gospel of the healing of the leper, the Primate of the Maronite Church
deplored, among other things, theft and waste of state resources and
public funds, endemic practice of bribes and the imposition of taxes,
which also undermine "the willingness to invest and to finance
development projects in the region".
Among other national plagues listed
by the Patriarch during the Sunday mass – at the presence of Archbishop
Gabriele Caccia, Apostolic Nuncio in Lebanon - the Patriarch also mentioned the failure to approve the salary scale during
the past years, the obstruction of the endorsement of a new vote law
that is catered to meet the aspirations of the people and the negligence
towards the waste crisis issue "all present cases of fatal social
leprosy", he concluded.