Morris slams absence of church leadership after the storms

Controversial Anglican cleric Charles Morris is wondering where the leadership of his church is gone in the wake of two superstorms that have devastated several countries in the northern Caribbean.

Morris contended that with Hurricanes Irma and Maria causing death and destruction, Archbishop of the West Indies Dr John Holder should have been out there offering prayerful solace to the suffering.

Instead, he charged, Holder, also the Bishop of the diocese of Barbados, had gone eerily silent, leading Morris to question whether the archbishop understood his role in a time of crisis.

“We have people suffering all over the Caribbean but yet not a word of comfort from the head of the church. He has not even given a response as head of diocese because the countries that were hit all fall under him as Archbishop of the West Indies. However we are yet to receive any episcopal instructions as to what the church of Barbados will do,” he told Barbados TODAY.

“I wonder if the archbishop really understands what his role is. You cannot have people suffering and not a word from the bishop. There is something wrong with that. In the past we would have already issued a statement offering the prayers and support of Barbados. We would have offered spiritual support to persons who were affected, followed by tangible support which all of Barbados has already started to give. These people at this time need words of counsel and the best place for these words to come from is the church. Being the archbishop is not just a figurehead, you are the chief shepherd and right now the sheep are being attacked by a wolf called a hurricane, but the shepherd is nowhere to be found,” Morris contended.

However, the Anglican priest had high praise for the individual churches and the public who took the initiative to give generously to their Caribbean brothers and sisters in need.

“Some churches took it upon themselves, without waiting for guidance from leaders, to take care of their brothers and sisters and I am really proud of the response from Barbadians in the wider public. It shows that church and people still understand their humanitarian duty but we need our leaders to step up and do the same,” he added.

Barbados TODAY reached out to the office of the archbishop for comment but was unsuccessful.

57 Responses to Morris slams absence of church leadership after the storms

  1. BaJan boy September 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Don’t forget he is Freundel’s friend. When silence isn’t golden. Birds of a feather flock together. Where there is no vision the people perish.

    • John Everatt September 26, 2017 at 12:20 am

      Yes, this is true

    • Belfast September 26, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      Birds of a feather is right. Both appear to be emissaries of the Devil himself.

  2. Shaun Yarde
    Shaun Yarde September 26, 2017 at 12:12 am

    You all always wants to Blame the church

  3. Alex Alleyne September 26, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Barbados PM did made a speech on this one.

  4. Henderson Yarde
    Henderson Yarde September 26, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Some people just want to be heard and seen every opportunity they get.

  5. Jennifer September 26, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Why would someone cut the same limb them standing on?????

    “Chief Shepherd”??? Ahh this is where the problem lies. What happens to the sheep when the Shepherd is lost??? Mind you this has been going on now for centuries. How do you think a minority was able to bamboozle a majority.

  6. Chris Barnett
    Chris Barnett September 26, 2017 at 6:07 am


    • Epaphras D. Williams
      Epaphras D. Williams September 26, 2017 at 6:21 am

      Don’t exclude yourself. Once you were born in the system, you are part of the problem it in some form or fashion.

    • Jennifer September 26, 2017 at 7:21 am

      @Chris Barnett – Well said, mind you and they still can’t see it. Bunch of dufusses.
      @Epaphrus Williams – True. but that is no his or the affected fault but our so called leaders and shepherds. What they need is another study on their ingrunts.

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase September 26, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Lol… what asinine logic.

  7. Everick Holder September 26, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Mr. Morris you mean The Archbishop should be like pastor Joel OSTEEN?

  8. fedup September 26, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Morris is the most controversial and confused person I have ever read about. Note I did not say ‘known to me’. Miserable!! Man sit yuhself down and rest yuhself nuh? Either looking fuh attention or just plain miserable or both. Steupse. Yuh mean nuttin or nuhbody can’t please you? Jeeze man! You would turn off people from studying Theology. Start packing and guh long tuh help den.

  9. Honest September 26, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Actually, he is correct. We need to hear from the church! Through the church donations, aid and most importantly, prayer can be made. The church is still a calming symbol in our society. it represents love, peace and comfort especially in times of despair. They too still have a role to play.

    Perhaps, Morris’s approach is not the best.

    • eric September 29, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      and what about the 3 Anglican priests that went to Dominica to give physical and spiritual support? the church is called to action and not to loud speech. empty vessels makes the most noise

  10. Belnando Weekes
    Belnando Weekes September 26, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Who says the church is absent? The church is made up of people and not denominations or leaders. People all over Barbados are helping, maybe none of them represent the church… maybe.

  11. Shaun Yarde
    Shaun Yarde September 26, 2017 at 7:17 am

    No wonder y you oppose the church Mr Bennet

  12. Jennifer September 26, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I am yet to hear what the church is giving other than lip. And I mean from their treasury.

  13. t. scantlebury September 26, 2017 at 7:47 am


  14. Cecelia Cox
    Cecelia Cox September 26, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Well said Belnando! The Church is not denominations or leaders…

  15. Steve Graham
    Steve Graham September 26, 2017 at 8:15 am

    I wonder where was he (Morris)..

  16. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond September 26, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I think Mr. Morris is talking about his denomination. And he’s not only thinking of monetary and physical donations; he’s concerned about the absence of any spiritual offerings from his church leaders.
    There can be no dispute that while individuals are members of churches, the church as an organisation may also be able mobilise significant resources.

    • Valcia Parris
      Valcia Parris September 26, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      He should know that one does not have to be out in the open to offer spiritual offerings. What does the good book say if you have something to give do not let your left hand know what the right hand is doing and when you pray go into your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen. It doesn’t need a spectacle to pray for Nations hurt in the disasters.

  17. Ivy-Anne Duke
    Ivy-Anne Duke September 26, 2017 at 8:41 am

    And what has been your contribution Mr Morris? You blame the church at every turn, yet, as part of the church, I am unaware of anything that you do to help people other than seek attention in the media with your regular tirades. If you are a real priest or a christian then I am Mother Theresa.

    • Ivy-Anne Duke
      Ivy-Anne Duke September 26, 2017 at 8:46 am

      PS…I would suggest to editors than when carrying news items from this #*#* that rather than refer to him as “controversial”, remove the “roversial” and find a more suitable vowel to replace that in the “cont” that is left. That would make a more precise description of this nincompoop. But then again, phonetically, “cont” would suffice.

  18. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis September 26, 2017 at 8:43 am

    After the storm? You mean period, Mr Morris. And of course we are talking about your ‘church’.

  19. Thunder September 26, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I agree with Mr.Morris 100% everyone doesn’t have to like him but he has been more consistent in term of speaking out on various issues,and I totally agree that when their is grief and suffering the voice of the church must be heard at a national level.
    The church is not just there to collect offering,but the church should be there to offer support, whether spiritually,financially or both, but this is a sure reflection that leadership across the common wealth is poor, people want titles,but they fail to function in times of crisis,and this is so sad.
    It is not only time for this bishop to arise but all leaders who represent the religious fraternity, this is not the time to be silent,when people have lost their lives,loved ones,homes and in some cases all their material possessions,this is the right time for the church to give a message of hope.

  20. Kelly Ann Webster
    Kelly Ann Webster September 26, 2017 at 9:11 am

    He to like to blame the church. What has he done to help all talk no action. Just hush that is what to do

  21. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed September 26, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I have been asking myself ” where is the church” in many aspects of affairs in society being discussed…..homosexuality, violence, poverty, homelessness, moral decay etc…..seems they only concerned with building new lavish buildings to out do each other and collecting multiple offerings in one service whilst enjoying tax free incentives from tax payers…………..go figure!!!!!

    • roger headley September 26, 2017 at 10:29 am

      You ‘is the church’ – what are you doing?

    • Henderson Yarde
      Henderson Yarde September 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Have you now awaken from your slumber buddy? You got to be kidding me right?

    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed September 26, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      everyone cant be a rhode scholar and aware of everything from the age of 10 like you……sometimes it take time and experience to figure out things……….made your day ???

  22. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman September 26, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Church leadership hmm did not realize that there was such a thing unless it involve money.

  23. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield September 26, 2017 at 10:02 am

    The church is to come out and say what ?Churches are coordinating efforts to send relief supplies .Must they sky write , send a drone or post in bold letters in the city THE CHURCH IS SENDING MONEY AND FOOD TO HURRICANE AFFECTED ISLANDS ? Does he know what every church or denomination does as pastoral care is concerned ?I doubt .

    • Kathyann Best
      Kathyann Best September 26, 2017 at 11:52 am

      He must be speaking about the one he at cause I know of various denominations that are sending supplies to the islands..

  24. janette reifer September 26, 2017 at 10:18 am

    In this place called Barbados, you are not suppose to express you thoughts on anything without negative responses.
    Too much hypocrisy abound.
    This church business is nothing but a show.
    People feel very comfortable in this sleeping church mode.
    People are so set in their ways that to explain anything to them is like throwing water in the sea.
    You have to let them boil in their stew.
    Church is an affront.
    May be the church leaders feel away because they probably
    prayed but the hurricane still came in full fury. They prays didn’t worked.
    Some of the worse things take place in this country and the church is silent.
    The church is a waste of time…Believe it or not!

    • roger headley September 26, 2017 at 10:32 am

      The church is made up of people. If you are so different why don’t you join and show persons how they should represent the church; come and show them how to pray away hurricanes.

  25. roger headley September 26, 2017 at 10:27 am

    You would think that in the face of such destruction, Mr Morris would recognise that persons have little or no time for his pettiness.

    When I was a child, I spoke as a child but since to date I have not become a man I will continue to speak and sulk as a child.

  26. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard September 26, 2017 at 10:59 am


  27. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes September 26, 2017 at 11:27 am

    People are always getting away from the topic, I don’t often agree with Mr Morris but at this time I do. The question is not what the churches are doing, it’s what is the leader of the Anglican Church saying, he has not publicly offered words of comfort to the people he is supposed to be leading. That is nothing new, in my opinion the Bishop never has anything worthwhile to say. I am talking about his role as a church leader, we know nothing about his views on Homosexuality, Drugs, Crime or anything that matters.
    Some of the people who criticise the church do not even go to church, the churches are doing things but they are not going to get on a soap box and announce it. The church I go to has a long history of doing a meals on wheels programme, it helps members who need help as much as they can. There is a member who looks after orphanages in Haiti, also another person who takes other people to an African country to build schools. These people do not go to the press and announce what they are doing, this work cost money. So to talk about the church always want money, tell me what can be done without money. I would rather give it to the church than to give it to Alcohol, drugs and whores. When I give what they do with it is on them.
    Mr Morris is actually talking about Dr Holder’s role as a spiritual leader and not about donations, so stick to the topic. Mr Morris this is one of the few times I agree with you, maybe you can poke him and see if he’s asleep.

  28. Dan Louis
    Dan Louis September 26, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Remember what Jesus reminded us. Many will come in my name. Matt:24:5

  29. David Coulthrust
    David Coulthrust September 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    This man I don’t know. But the church has been there from the beginning.

    • Dwayne Williams
      Dwayne Williams September 26, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Sir I suggest you come out and put this man in his place what I’ve realized is that he has been doing this on regular occasions

  30. David Coulthrust
    David Coulthrust September 26, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    This man I don’t know. The church has been there from the beginning.

  31. Elaine Vanhuis
    Elaine Vanhuis September 26, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Folk when are we all going to wakeup to the reality that the institution you are talking about is the twin or baby of capitalism and it is not interested in the well being of us. Its soul purpose is to keep us blind and control us. It has been successful for many years, it is time to wake up.

  32. Helicopter(8P) September 26, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I have seen some churches here in Brooklyn preparing fly away packets to be containerized and shipped. May GOD help the congregation and downators in their efforts and also the recipients, and needy.

  33. Kathy September 26, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Mr. Morris I know you like to be seen and heard at all times so all I will say to you is lead by example.

  34. Rickster Blackie
    Rickster Blackie September 26, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    This man is an idiot! Period!!! I am sick of him. Sometimes i feel like praying an old testament prayer for him. We are a small church and we are doing so much for our neighbours and then this fool comea along. People in Barbados are having a very hard time financially and still the prime minister of Dominica can boost of how thankful his is for the assistance from Barbados. Lord! Please shut the mouth of this man A.S.A.P. thank you Jeaus!

  35. Mr Green September 26, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I am very surprised that Rev Morris is not aware that the Anglican Church has asked its members, as directed by the Archbishop, to make monetary donations for the Bishop of the Northeastern C’bean and Aruba to deal with the many issues that confront the affected islands. The Anglican church does not believe that we should seek publicity because we are assisting the needy.

  36. Katharine Clarke-Weekes
    Katharine Clarke-Weekes September 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Ok. So a collection may not read ” church of Christ or St. James parish church. But people from all walks of life have been responding to the calls from those affected. What is the reasoning here!

  37. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith September 26, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Can someone tell me one thing this man is good for, besides stirring up trouble?

  38. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson September 26, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    He just want to see the churches in the paper taking pictures to big up themselves

  39. Herbert Reynold
    Herbert Reynold September 26, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I don’t think people really got the drift of wat morris is really saying .as a leader Mr holder should the first to take up the responsibility to give comfort specialty to the churches under his pofoller .I am on your side for once Mr morris

  40. Nelsia Forde
    Nelsia Forde September 26, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Stupessssssssssssssssss, dis man like bare attention

  41. harry turnover September 26, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Morris if something is acting up I would advise you to go into the A & E ,write ya name in the book,sit down and listen out fa ya name.


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