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Catholic Diocese breaks away

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

The Catholic Diocese has dissented from the Council of Churches’ decision to support the PetroCaribe Loans Act.

Senator Representing the Churches, Fr. Noel Leslie, issued a release this week saying that while he votes as instructed by the Council, the Diocese does not support the Act and wants it repealed.

“I am on record as having opposed the PetroCaribe Loans Act 2015 on Monday the 30th of March 2015,” Leslie said. “The Bishop of Belize and Belmopan, His Excellency Dorrick Wright, joins me in calling for a repeal of the PetroCaribe Loans Act and its amendments.”

Leslie added that the Diocese is also calling on the Government of Belize to return to adhering to the principles outlined in the Finance and Audit Reform Act 2005.

The Senate voted on and approved the Act on July 1. The majority of the senators voted yes with the exception of Opposition Senators Lisa Shoman, Patrick Andrews and Anthony Sylvester, along with Business Senator, Mark Lizarraga and temporary Union Senator, Adelaida Guerra all cast a “no” vote for the amendments, and it.

There were also two other appropriations bills tabled that day.

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