Barbadians deviating from good values, says Gordon

As Bishop of the diocese of Bridgetown Reverend Jason Gordon gets ready to take up a new post, he is urging Barbadians to get back to traditional values, accusing the authorities of focusing more on profits and residents of creating an unsustainable lifestyle.

Gordon, who served as consecrated Bishop of Bridgetown and Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines for the past six years, has been elected Archbishop of Port of Spain. He is to be appointed by the end of this year.

During a media conference on Friday at his Jemott’s Layne, St Michael office to make the official announcement, Gordon encouraged residents not to lose hope despite the current economic and social circumstances facing the country.

However, he said it was time Barbadians get back to a value system based on traditional values where people are satisfied with what they have and live within their means.

“The waters have been rough, to quote a famous line. And with the rough waters it is very easy to lose both hope and a sense of a destination. And it is my fear that at this time Barbados is losing focus on both,” warned Gordon.

“The problem is not a problem that the political parties can solve in the first instance. It is a much deeper societal problem that we have come to. I have said it in many different ways, that we had some old-time values that the grandmothers used to pass on to the children [but] we threw out baby and bath water together,” he said.

The cleric said Barbadians seemed to have replaced traditional values with a new set of “liberal capitalist model” where it was now “about get rich [quick] or die trying”.

“That rugged liberal capitalist model has really infected the sole of this nation and has created great grief among our people,” he said.

Pointing out that past political leaders Errol Barrow and Tom Adams “both put development of people ahead of the profits of companies”, Gordon said the same could not be said about recent and current political leaders.

“We have now put the profits of the companies ahead of the development of people and both the parties that founded this nation understood people first profit second and the whole economy is in the service of the people. We have reversed it and we have gone to a value system that is really at the heart of the problems that we are facing,” he said, pointing out that there were no quick fixes.

The Roman Catholic bishop said what was needed was a change in values.

“I would ask that Barbados think deeply about the values your grandmother had, how she is cooking a pot without barely anything and a neighbour comes and they are getting some to share . . . the frugal means she was able to do with very little and produce children that were excellent and outstanding and never want a brand name and yet they had a deep sense of identity and security in themselves.

“We have given our children far too much, which has put us into debt and which has created a lifestyle that we can’t sustain in a small part of the world like the Caribbean. This is not just Barbados, it is the whole Caribbean that is going in this direction. So, I would ask again that we reconsider the values that we have received from our grandmothers and great grandmothers,” he said.

Monsignor Vincent Blackett described Gordon’s departure as a bittersweet one, saying the news of his appointment as archbishop came as a shock since the local diocese was getting used to the idea of him being in Bridgetown “forever”.

“It is a sweet sorrow not because you are going, but sweet because the Holy Father saw it fit to elevate you and make you Archbishop of Port of Spain, and sorrow because we are now getting used to you in many ways in this diocese of Bridgetown,” said Blackett.

Gordon will replace Archbishop Joseph Harris who resigned earlier this year. Gordon will become the 11th Archbishop of Port of Spain with that archdiocese having responsibility for five dioceses or provinces – Trinidad, Barbados, Guyana, Curacao, and Suriname.

10 Responses to Barbadians deviating from good values, says Gordon

  1. Sherlene Phillips
    Sherlene Phillips October 21, 2017 at 11:27 am

    So true…people heartless now…ot is all about the $$$. God help us

  2. Aubrey Bannister October 21, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    I no longer live in the Caribbean, and I am not a Catholic or of any fixed religion,so maybe some might say that my opinion is invalid. However, I must first congratulate the Archbishop on his promotion.and his thoughts on values reflect my way of thinking. Too many believe that a good life is one based on having things and showing a lifestyle that is American. People are going into debt to keep up with appearances…not only in the Caribbean but worldwide. I urge the people to respect each other.. to give your children a good education…ket them know that they don’t need to have everything advertised on t.v. Show respect to yourself to your family members, to your neighbours and friends.Love each other but love who you are.

  3. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose October 21, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    This from the clergy who refuse to speak out on gun and bang violence dude sit your ras down some where.

    • jennifer October 21, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      OK, well said. Did they feed the flock with truth. No. Them was busy getting rich quick too. And any body who can tell me what is written in the bible from the church teachings I am listening. All ears. Bring bible quotes too. The penny drop long time and the bucket got in a hole leaking out all the water. Do this people even know what time of the day or hr it is??????

  4. Helicopter(8P) October 21, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Kaiser Sose you have never been potty trained so at your adult stage please go find some disposable diapers and ask the Almighty God for another day IN YOUR HELL!! You may find the Holy Bible more pleasing to read than your foggy vision of expression!! Education begins at home before your first school day. The clergy can only reinforce those goodly teachings that your parental guidance has instilled within your anatomy and cranium!

  5. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed October 21, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Like the Anglican primate who ask Caribbean governments to consider legalising homosexuality?????

  6. Ras October 21, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Barbadians not only deviating from good values they also deviating from Jehovah God that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and now trying hard to bring Sodom in 2018 with all the
    debauchery that went with it.

  7. Mikey October 21, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Leaders are elected to LEAD, along with that, Managers are appointed to MANAGE or MISMANAGE. Who does Gordon want to blame ? Put another way, who is responsible ? The governed or the governors ?

    • Jennifer October 21, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Yeh mikey. But leaders are there to MISLEAD also. That is the Crux of the whole thing. Misleading on all levels. One can only mislead if they are blind.

  8. Thunder October 22, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    I agree with the point that he made about giving our kids too much,this is a spoilt generation, we were a better generation because we were able to appreciate what we didn’t have.
    This generation has everything at their disposal,that is why they can’t appreciate anything, but I just can’t blame parents,the church has it’s job to play as well and the many churches have failed to be a moral compass,instead of offering solutions they have become part of the problem.
    Not only must Barbadians get back to good values, but the church must get back to following the teachings of Jesus Christ,no where in the bible is there room for error concerning the manipulation, violation or abuse of people, and until the church is held a countable for their wicked deeds nothing will change.


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