The Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) administration will in 2017 implement an action plan to ensure that Churches operate with proper guidelines.
This was disclosed by Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs, Senator Pamela Moses in her contribution in the Upper House to the 2017 Budget Debate.
Sen. Moses, a former secondary School Principal said that the Ministry of Religious Affairs will be creating a manual of guidelines for Religious Organisations to help improve the relationship between State and Church.
She hinted that the manual will set out the requirements and processes in Church operations, and registering new Religious Bodies.
The guidelines will also set out the process of becoming Religious Officers, obtaining work permits for Religious Workers on both short and long term, the provision of concessions and waiver of duties, as well as the purchase of property by registered Religious Bodies, and tax waiver for Ministers of registered Religious Bodies.
Sen. Moses believes that the manual will assist “in making the life much easier” for everyone so that all of the Priests and Pastors will clearly understand what is required “so that when we do business with them, we’re all on the same page”.
In Grenada, fingers have often been pointed at some major church leaders as being “surrogates” of the leading political parties on the island.