‘Barefoot’ reverend appears in court
A High Court judge has called on the leadership of the Methodist Church in Barbados to amicably resolve its impasse with Reverend William St Clair, the controversial priest who was recently “fired” for breaching his contract, including preaching barefoot to his congregation.
The judge’s request was one of the key decisions coming out of an injunction hearing in the Number 10 court today that was attended by the disputing parties and their attorneys.
Following a near three-hour court sitting, Queen’s Counsel Hal Gollop, who is representing Rev St Clair, told Barbados TODAY that as a result of the injunction, his client would now be allowed to keep the church house and car until the case was determined. The church had ordered the priest to leave the house and turn back in the vehicle, which had been offered to him as part of his emoluments as priest-in-charge of Ebenezer.
However, Rev St Clair remains without a congregation. His attorney said he did not raise that issue with the court today, saying it was a matter for the church leadership to deal with as it saw fit.
Asked if Rev St Clair would be allowed to preach in any of its churches following the injunction, Superintendent of the Ebenezer Circuit Pearson Blackman said Rev St Clair was no longer a member of the Methodist congregation “and that stands until a ruling is made”.
The church, led by President and General Superintendent of the South Caribbean District Rev Dr Cuthbert Edwards is being represented in the case by a legal team headed by Queen’s Counsel Elliott Mottley.
When he appeared in court today, Rev St Clair was dressed in a dark suit, white shirt, priestly collar and black shoes. The disputing sides return to court next Wednesday, when, according to Mottley, the hearing may be open to the general public.