No peace

Priest: 1937 conditions still persist

The Roman Catholic Church is of the view that Barbados and the Caribbean lack the leadership required for the forward movement this region needs.

And it has cited a need for those at the top to return to the “fundamental principles” that once inspired the region’s people.

That critique, by Bishop of Bridgetown Dr Jason Gordon, was delivered at Sunday worship in St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Members and supporters of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) were in attendance at the start of a weeklong observance of the party’s 78th anniversary.

Father Charles Dominique
Father Charles Dominique

“The Caribbean today is not only short of a robust economic and development strategy; it is also short of visionary leadership rooted deep within our Caribbean bellies,” said Bishop Gordon in a message read on his behalf by Cathedral Administrator Father Charles Dominique, as he was off island.

“Our Caribbean leaders have opted out of following their vision, preferring to follow the dominant trends in the world’s political economy today, such as accumulation of wealth as a priority over the worker; and national development as a priority over development of the family and the community.”

Bishop Gordon also said there was an urgent need for a new political model “which bravely faces the reality of the Caribbean and world political economy while charting a course of development for our people”.

Prior to reading Dr Gordon’s message, Fr Charles served up his own wake-up call, this time directly to the BLP’s leadership.

“Your anniversary of Founder’s Day is not about you alone, however; it’s really about all of us Barbadians, and even the people of the region who are affected by the words of your founders,” the Catholic priest said.

Fr Charles said despite a difference in time from the 1937/38 period when conditions gave rise to the formation of the BLP, the challenges facing Barbadian people and society today were similar.

“As a nation, Barbados has made lots of progress over the past 78 years, but some of the struggles remain the same. We must still continue to fight for equal rights, social justice, economic advancement of our people.”

He recalled: “The founders of your party, under the leadership of Sir Grantley Adams, saw the conditions that Barbadians were living in and sought to bring about change so that Barbadians could feel a real input into the direction and development of this nation, so that they could all have a better life, and we are still striving for that”.

“Every Barbadian must feel that their voice is heard in the democratic process, and our leaders, the Shepherd, must lead the sheep to safety,” Fr Charles urged. (GA)

8 Responses to No peace

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall April 19, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Even the face. show the behaviour in the church.

  2. Tony Webster April 19, 2016 at 6:56 am

    The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but The truth… some of which is very inconvenient, and also quite uncomfortable.

    Thank you Bishop Gordon. As we await the arrival of a child to lead us…we could usefully remove some scales from our eeys..and from our brains. Hmmm…this road to Jerusalem…is very rough, rocky, and I ent seen a real Paul, far less a 100% Samaritan.
    Re-paving pot-holded roads (both actual and metaphorical) might “brighten” the picture but our problems and solutions, are much more deep-rooted, and their solutions lie in deep individual introspection by all; prayer; and real, selfless, courageous and astute visionary leadership…of the Christian Kind.

    Yesterday, was “OK”; today is really a great opportunity to work our butts-off, and to achieve; but it is our tomorrows that is critical that we prepare for; meet the challeges, and overcome these in order to hand our children their due days ahead- or even the the next fifty years.

  3. Samud Ali
    Samud Ali April 19, 2016 at 8:20 am

    If you’re going to quote an artist please credit them….David Rudder “it is a living vibration rooted deep within my Caribbean belly”

  4. Louise King
    Louise King April 19, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Catholics God forbid –shut up–One man white man Jesus is Racism– lies and more lies– Christianity is Satanic insanity– Saints is satan -bible is Satan secrets– scriptures written is de curses of Saint Peter–popes pasters priests prophets are Hypocrites and Parasites–Men turning men backward–priests marry priests–Pls saints say nothing for Barbados —

  5. Louise King
    Louise King April 19, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Roman Catholics Curches is de curses of Saint Peter –; Explain to de World Word ELIEVE—[And silver cross —

  6. sam clarke April 19, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Well said Mr. Samud Ali. It is time that artist are credited for their work while he is at it.

  7. Donna Harewood April 19, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    You know, you are speaking the truth but all I can focus on is the recent cover ups of The Roman Catholic Church. Your church has lost all credibility. Has that situation been corrected? Does your church now have zero tolerance for the sexual abuse of children?


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