A perceived occult ritual outside the Castries Courthouse in which a frog was seen with its mouth sewn has prompted Catholic Priest Reverend Father Francis Michel to believe it is superstition.
Fr. Michel, in an interview with St Lucia News Online (SNO) today (May 28), quoted several bible scriptures to explain that the occult activity cannot harm a Christian – a believer in Christ.
“We live in a culture that is very superstitious and so people would associate anything with evil,” Fr. Francis said.
The priest said while this is common here and across the Caribbean, people should find their “centre with Jesus Christ and desist from worshiping idols.”
Fr. Michel told SNO that these practices are not new and are referred to as “pagan practices” in the Christian community.
“These things have been there since time memorial, but when you make a choice to be a follower of God or Jesus Christ then there are things that have to let go,” he added.
The religious leader suggested that if people identify themselves as Christians they must believe that these things are not necessary.
“We have been given the assurance that with God on your side nothing can harm you. St Paul said in the letter to the Romans, with God on our side who can be against us,” he added.
Father Michel emphasised that locals need to put their faith in God and believe in positive things, denouncing all evil and suggested that once that no occult ritual can hurt them.
“While people might be inclined to go that way and they have enemies and they are looking for ways to protect themselves. If we are a Christian country, we have to find our base again and our centre and that is Jesus Christ,” he reiterated.
Persons are claiming that the frog is being used as part of a witchcraft or obeah ritual over a court case. They believe that this ritual was a plot to have the court matter dismissed. However, Father Michel pointed out that there may be other reasons why the matter could go cold, stating that it could be “pure coincidence.”
But, in this case elders believe the frog with its mouth sewn with someone’s witness statement in its throat indicates could mean that the person’s ability to testify in the matter would be affected as they would not be able to speak on the matter .
Late yesterday afternoon, a witness statement was reportedly removed from the frog’s mouth.
SNO understands that the frog’s “throat” was eventually slit by a vagrant and the paper with the words “Saint Lucia Police Witness Statement” was found inside the animal.
The police officer’s name and rank (PC 707 Eldin Antoine), the date of the letter and a signature were visible on the paper.