Cleric defends men
All fathers are not deadbeat dads!
Moravian cleric, the Reverend Adrian Smith issued this message this morning while delivering the sermon at the Roebuck Street Moravian Church as members of the St Johns Ambulance Association began their week of activities as the island celebrated Fathers’ Day.
Lamenting that fathers generally do not have a good reputation in Barbados, Smith maintained there were still good fathers in the church and the wider society and encouraged them to fight in spite of the obstacles.
The cleric acknowledged that some men have grown bitter because they believe that the system is stacked against them and many have been belittled after being denied access to their children.
” Some men are broken in their pockets and they cannot even pay a bill through lack of employment. Some fathers are so broken in spirit they cannot even pay attention. In the end their homes are broken.”
The cleric encouraged fathers to “push through” in spite of “brokenness” and the lack of adequate financial resources to support their families.
Today’s church service was attended by Governor General, Sir Elliott Belgrave and Lady Belgrave; retired Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, Brigadier Rudyard Lewis; current Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, Colonel Alvin Quintyne; and Dean of St Michael’s Cathedral and Chaplain of the St Johns Ambulance Association, the Very Reverend Frank Marshall.(NC)