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'Dr Rock should not have been hired' – Donald E. de Castro insists

- said vetting process should have been more rigorous
Radio talk show host, social commentator and columnist Donald E. de Castro (right) said the vetting process for prospective members of the Clergy at St George's Episcopal Church needs to be improved. Photo: VINO/File
Rector of the St George's Episcopal (Anglican) Church Dr Ian E. Rock. Photo: Barbados Today
Rector of the St George's Episcopal (Anglican) Church Dr Ian E. Rock. Photo: Barbados Today
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Radio talk show host, social commentator and columnist Donald E. de Castro said the vetting process for prospective members of the Clergy needs to be improved as had it been rigorous, the present Rector of the St George's Episcopal (Anglican) Church in the Virgin Islands, Dr Ian E. Rock, would not have been hired.

De Castro created a stir in the pews of the St George's Episcopal (Anglican) Church on Sunday May 15, 2016 when he attempted to read a statement which he said was about the division in the church since the arrival of Dr Rock, whom he accused of having a chequered past.

Shortly after de Castro started to speak, Dr Rock ordered the microphone he was using to be switched off, effectively cutting him off. Dr Rock then went on to say that he could not allow de Castro to use God's house in that manner.

Speaking with this news site over the weekend, de Castro explained what he had been trying to communicate to the membership of the church on Sunday May 15, 2016.

“There has been a division in the St. George's Episcopal (Anglican) Church since late last year since the arrival of the present Rector, Dr Ian E. Rock of Barbados. Rumours started circulating throughout the community and rumours can be dangerous and misleading at times so as a member of the church I thought it was best to let the people know that what they were hearing was basically so and did so on my radio show Straight Talk,” he said.

“The situation continues to get progressively worse so I thought it best to inform the members of this on Sunday, May 15; however, I was unable to do so. Fortunately a reporter of the online news, VINO was in church that day and he/she did a story,” he said.

The talk show host said that based on a conversation he had with someone close to the leadership of the Church, it was alleged that the leadership was very much concerned about the applicant at the time being considered. “The individual did not want to elaborate, knowing the closeness of the individual to the [leadership] I did not press for details,” he said.

“Because at the time we were losing the Rector, Father [Ronald] Branche, who was returning home after thirteen years of service to this Parish, and the territory at large, after being asked by the Vestry on two occasions to extend his stay. Apparently, neither the Search Committee nor the Vestry properly vetted the applicant at the time or they would found many reasons to reject his application,” said de Castro.

Efforts to reach Dr Rock for a response to de Castro's allegations proved futile.

Following the bombshell in the church one week ago, de Castro said that he has been receiving calls and getting visits to his place of business most of whom he said were giving their support even though some were disappointed in his actions.

Controversy around Dr Rock

According to de Castro, Dr Rock has ceased all fund-raising activities for the Church's schools, saying that this is child labour. “If that was child labour in the Public and Private schools the Government would have done something about it already,” de Castro had said.

He said that he and another member of the congregation sent in their concerns in the form of a petition to the Vestry. De Castro alleged that Dr Rock came to his office and threatened to sue him for defamation of character. He alleged too that Dr Rock fired a secretary in the Church who had worked there for almost 13 years.

De Castro added that persons are inquiring as to the reason that Dr Rock was allegedly turned down for a position in a New York Episcopal Church. According to media reports out of Barbados, students of Codrington College where Dr Rock had been Principal, complained about the treatment that Dr Rock meted out to them, including denying of access to the college bus to attend classes at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus and being fingerprinted by Police following an attempted break in.

Dr Rock has declined to make any comment on the issue.

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23 Responses to “'Dr Rock should not have been hired' – Donald E. de Castro insists”

  • Amen (23/05/2016, 12:11) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    well sah heard half the people left the church
    • the rock (24/05/2016, 00:26) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
      half the people who worship men instead of God left u meant, decastro is out of place, trying to be important, I love Dr. Rock!
    • HAHA (24/05/2016, 07:31) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Donald know that nobody listens to his read up show so tried to find another forum for his silly views.
  • nothing being said (23/05/2016, 12:25) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    All this fluff and we still cant understand what is going on.
  • he is not an ostrich (23/05/2016, 12:30) Like (20) Dislike (6) Reply
    One thing i must say is that mr decastro is no coward he don't worry about that friend thing.
    • Well Sah! (23/05/2016, 23:45) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      We shouldn't expect people and thus the world to remain the same. Humans have been evolving since time began.
  • Hmph (23/05/2016, 12:52) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    me was there seenin it - Donad be a disgrace hollerin and makin o scehne ih house o God
  • member (23/05/2016, 13:02) Like (23) Dislike (6) Reply
    Whatever back and forth argument we may have and whether we support or don't support Dr Rocke , the fact is I have never seen the church so divided.
    Something is wrong and we need to get to the bottom of it.
    Mr Decastro is simply stating the obvious. Don't crucify him.
  • Stopit!! (23/05/2016, 13:58) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    You did not "wet" the process; you hired the man and now you complaining? It is sounding bad all over the place for a 270-year old church. The Father found things and you don't want to accept it. Donald, let the people do their job. Keep out because you are not a pastor.
  • DON Q (23/05/2016, 14:13) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Cant wait to here dr rock side
  • marcus garvey (23/05/2016, 14:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    "one god one aim one destiny"
  • wize up (23/05/2016, 15:35) Like (23) Dislike (9) Reply
    donald, the good man found 2 million dollars of debt at your church and he do not want people like you to blame him for that 2 million dollar that he found upon his arrival: the good man knows fully well that people like you do not like island people and will waste no time associating or blaming him for that 2 million dollars...donald rather than chatting dumb !uck see how best you can pay off that 2 million dollars of debt.... decastro you need to see how best you can get the church lands from the hands of the bank before the bank sells the church go talk that...use your valuable radio time to raise funds for your church....the man found 2 million dollars of debt at your church and simply defending himself and you vex....
    • nothing being said (23/05/2016, 15:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      OKAY! So that's what the whole strumu is about? Mouth open story jump out or he wouldn't let sleeping dog be?
    • member (23/05/2016, 20:34) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
      Everybody know that St. Georges have debt. They expanded the church , they built a whole new block at the primary school , they built a whole secondary school. where you think the money came from ? the sky ? .
      Having a debt is not a crime. The mighty U.S owe trillions . From this man come he behaving like people istealing money. would like to inform him that some people can resist the temptation to steal. I am also very concerned as to why 99% of his time and energy is spent worrying about the church 's finance. Did he have a bad personal experience somewhere else ?
      All I know is what he is doing is not helping to solve the problem. The more people leave , the worst the finances going be but who knows , that may be the grand plan.
  • Serpico (23/05/2016, 15:52) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    The church and public had enough of this!
  • Good vs Evil (23/05/2016, 21:58) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    No free food. No easy money. All the Rat holes Rock blocking up. The man was sent to fix this out of control problem. Do your job Rock, God works, don't mind the wicked.
  • candy (23/05/2016, 23:48) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Now they just look like Twiddle-Dee and Twiddle-Dum both rock and Donald
  • Boo (24/05/2016, 00:10) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Any thing left on that axe to grind Mr De Castro?
  • Won't Be Fooled (24/05/2016, 00:13) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    So he is the rat whisperer. ah ah ah. he should have block up the rat holes back home before coming here. go do your research
  • Observer (24/05/2016, 00:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    “ Dr. Rocke was credited with turning round the administration of the school but his management style was said to have alienated supporters and led to clashes with students ”
    This is from the Barbados newspaper. Is this the reason why his contract was not renewed ?
    I have no doubt that Dr. Rocke is a brilliant man but it takes much more than brilliance to run any organization.
  • Outside (24/05/2016, 05:00) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    The comments is the media from people who profess to be Christian is shameful. The Bible reads touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm. Respect is due to the one in charge. If the priest came to a congregation for the first time and found things in disarray he was quite rite to bring the problem to the congregation . If that upset some people it shows that they are pretending to be Christians. If the person in charge before. Made a mess they should not try to coverup. Why do you go to church? Is it just to dress up and meet friends? Maybe the church needs a revival.Has the Holy Spirit left. Be careful with your actions when it comes to serving the Lord.
  • * (24/05/2016, 10:49) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The devil comes in all sorts of shapes and disguises, even in human form. What good will come out of trying to destroy a Man of God? And an excellent priest at that!

    St. George's is not the only church in the world or in the territory with issues among its members. Why, then, all of this unnecessary media hype?

    The extra energy being used up could be better expended trying to help the unfortunate, the abused, the neglected, the disheartened, the underprivileged, the poor, the bereaved, the imprisoned and so many others who are hurting in our community. Instead, parishioners have taken to the media to air 'dirty linen' and battle against each other like a set of peevish adolescents. Where is God in all this confusion? When will all the drama end?

    2 Chronicles 7:14 says: 'if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.'

    The same applies to our churches, and we cannot grow healthy churches (and parishioners) if the above life-sustaining principles are not applied.

    People, forget what lies behind, and look to God, who alone can save us. We have become our worst enemy, doing each other more harm than what good. We are pointing fingers, forgetting those three fingers pointing back at us. Let us examine ourselves, and move away from the tit-for-tat mentality we have adopted, and press on in God's name.

    I appeal to everyone reading this blog to pray for the churches. The enemy has slipped through the gates of hell and is on the loose.

  • Concerned (25/05/2016, 06:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    All of this would have been avoided if the Vestry was doing what it is supposed to be doing.
    Look how many persons write to the vestry with concerns about the many unexplained changes taking place in the church and what was the response ?
    Not even a letter to say that we have noted your concerns. Is that how you treat people ?
    Are we to just sit back and just accept blindly what is happening ? Remember Jim Jones in Guyana ? We have a right to ask questions..
    Those of you who want to follow the priest blindly I wish you luck. The only person I will follow blindly is God.

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