CASTRIES, St Lucia (AP) – A man with a knife attacked the eastern Caribbean’s Roman Catholic archbishop outside the cathedral in the St Lucian capital, slashing his clerical collar but not causing any injury, police and church officials said.
Archbishop Kelvin Felix was speaking with a parishioner outside the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception after Mass on Wednesday evening when the man grabbed him from behind and began slashing at his throat.
Felix, 73, pushed away the assailant, who ran from the cathedral and was arrested shortly after the attack. Police did not identify the man, who had not yet been charged.
I should think the diocese would issue full-circle Roman collars made of Kevlar to its clergy, if this sort of thing is going to go on. I seem to remember that there was a series of attacks on churches on Holy Thursday in some volatile part of the world, and another priest was saved by his Roman collar.
good, then our Bishop will be around for a while. We just got a new one about two years ago, and he’s pretty cool.
Perhaps this situation would inspire our new priest to actually wear a collar – haven’t seen one yet.