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Dr Rock slammed for allegedly 'importing' forensic auditor

- Donald E. de Castro said he has a moral obligation to speak out
Rector Dr Ian E. Rock's decision to allegedly import a forensic auditor for the St George's Episcopal Anglican Church is not sitting well with Mr Donald E. de Castro. Photo: VINO/Barbados Nation
Mr Donald E. de Castro has vowed to continue to speak out on controversial matters arising out of St George's Episcopal Anglican Church, saying he has a moral obligation. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Donald E. de Castro has vowed to continue to speak out on controversial matters arising out of St George's Episcopal Anglican Church, saying he has a moral obligation. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- All is still not well at the St George's Episcopal Anglican Church in Road Town as one member continues to publicly air his disgruntlement with Rector of the church, Barbados national Dr Ian E. Rock.

One of Mr Donald E. de Castro’s latest issues with Dr Rock is that he allegedly ‘imported’ someone to conduct an audit of the church’s finances even while claiming that the church was struggling financially.

Speaking on his radio programme, Straight Talk, on ZBVI 780 AM on August 10, 2016, Mr de Castro said the first thing that the Rector concerned himself about after arriving in the Virgin Islands last year was money and that he had opted only to release a financial report for the period October to December of 2015 but had allegedly instructed the secretary at the time not to print or distribute the report left by Father Ronald Branche for the time he was here.

“So we had a meeting and all we knew about was for the three months that he was here. The situation is getting worse and it has to be corrected. And I feel it is my moral obligation and my duty to help to get the church back on track.”

According to Mr de Castro, many, including him, are not saying for one moment that the church may not have had financial issues but “that is not the way you go about it. And that is one of the major concerns that a number of the congregation had, the attitude and the bullying that went on.”

Forensic Auditor from Alabama

Another issue that Mr de Castro said he has with Dr Rock, is that he is bringing a forensic auditor from Alabama to sort out the church’s finances.

“Don’t we have forensic auditors in all of the companies here in the Virgin Islands…that we have to go all the way to Alabama to bring a forensic auditor? Something is wrong.

“Saying the church has no money and finding money to bring a forensic auditor from Alabama here is another concern which many people are questioning. Who is going to pay for it?”

Mr de Castro also wanted to know if Dr Rock was paying for the work permit for the auditor or auditors.

He added that the majority of the vestry’s members have supported the “reckless behaviour but he will continue to speak out because I know what I know.”

More grievances

Yet another bone of contention for Mr de Castro is that himself and a Michael Georges reportedly submitted written concerns to the vestry but they were never put on the agenda of vestry meetings.

However, another individual from Alabama was allegedly brought in to resolve issues of the church.

“So they came in and had a retreat at the Treasure Isle Hotel. It was not a membership meeting just a retreat for the vestry, and now they have printed on the bulletin board every Sunday this information ‘We have decided to put aside our differences and to individually collaborate as Bishop, Rector, Vestry and Congregation, for the good of the mission and ministry of St George's Episcopal Anglican Church.’”

According to de Castro, the congregation is involved but they had nothing to do with the drawing up of that pledge, noting that he and others who were not there cannot agree to it.

The outspoken de Castro said he hopes that the vestry will come to their senses or that Dr Rock would come to his senses and resign.

De Castro also admitted that Dr Rock approached him for a sit down but the two men were not willing to agree on a place to meet as neither wanted to go to the other’s office.

Meanwhile, Dr Rock, who has in the past declined to publically respond to Mr de Castro’s allegations, could not be reached for comment.

13 Responses to “Dr Rock slammed for allegedly 'importing' forensic auditor”

  • dog (15/08/2016, 19:29) Like (17) Dislike (18) Reply
    This again donald need to go take 10 seats
  • wize up (15/08/2016, 19:50) Like (39) Dislike (2) Reply
    Donald can your church give the auditor to the government when he finish going over your church's books; that way your church and government can split the cost....just asking
    • Boo (15/08/2016, 22:12) Like (42) Dislike (1) Reply
      Lol it might be an uneven split given the amount of work he would have to do for Government. On the Government side we have the Great Wall of SCB, The Fabled SCB Harbour Project, The Disappearing Mount Peebles, The Not so Green Greenhouses, Mark's Magnificent Road Works, Great Wall of Elmore Stout High School, Claude and Mark's Merry Pier Park, Ronnie's Never Finish Hospital vs one little church. Oh and he can get a jump on the Awesome Airport Project before it even starts!
    • Willock (16/08/2016, 03:24) Like (56) Dislike (2) Reply
      Why don't Donald bash the NDP Government for their $192k audit they're conducting on themself using an international auditor namely KPMG international ?
  • Me (15/08/2016, 21:56) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
    This man even miserable about The work of the church. He just soooooooo miserable and now he confuse this smart boy Georges head and he join with this old fart, disgusting, unhappy man
  • Son of the Spoil (15/08/2016, 22:13) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    It looks like the Rock suspects the Branch was rotten before it fell off the tree!
  • controlling (15/08/2016, 22:27) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is DeCastro's problem. Is a forensic audit being conducted on Esmies Shop or is the name of the church Decastro Anglican Church? I'm not Episcopal but this man's rant only shows it is people like him who walk around for donkey years as if the church belong to him. There has to be a reason why the minister is taking the caution he is taking. Just like there is corruption in the state, there is corruption in the church. Let the man do his work. If none of you want to go to each other's office, then go take a seat. In fact, go lay at the alter and give your heart to Christ. That's what being a Christian is all about. Have never seen people like DeCastro show love, just hate and venom all the time.
  • Spiritual Forensic (16/08/2016, 08:05) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    God words never change but we people do change.Trust no one especially when it comes to MONEY. the minister is doing the right thing.I have been there and even if nothing is wrong people will still call your name.At least when he is gone and someone else takes over he will not be put to shame or blamed. A similar situation happened at a church in SKN many years ago and they had to move that particular minister as soon as possible.Remember there are rats all over not only those church rats that eat on the hymn books but those thay sometimes knibble on the church funds.we are human and we sometimes err but to forgive is divine. God is love as he forgives us when we do wrong.
  • Disgust (17/08/2016, 04:37) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    DeCastro must realize he cannot be parishioner and priest at the same time. With what he is doing now the church will be in shambles. One should not wash their dirty laundry in public and that is what he is doing. He is not helping but hurting the congregation of St. George and the Episcopal church in general. He should be objective and give true facts. First of all it is not just auditors from Alabama. These people are from our companion Diocease, church to church if he did not know. Next he must let people know when he airs his views that Dr. Rock has not walked into St. George, the Church,s Vestry called him. Another priest had just left and left the church in great debt. He even had the gall to come back to these islands and did not grace the church with his presence but a private service at a hotel while church service was going on at St. George. He is responsible for this sofa. If he is a God fearing man he would not have caused a divide in the first place, and he would have tried ti make amends. DeCastro should talk about that. This priest is just trying to see where the church stands financially and get it going well.We must pray for him instead of critisising. If you want to do something good for the Lords service DeCastro get those members who have gone awry and encourage them to go back to worship. Show them we are not here to worship a man or woman but God. We get so comfortable with corruption in this place that our eyes are darkened when we see good. May God continue to blessDr. Rock and the whole church family at St. George.
  • Marcie (17/08/2016, 07:14) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Donald need to hush up. Sick and tired of his rants now. Foolish ole man. From what I hear the church was in a mess long before Dr Rock came. It was a free for all. Can't blame the man for wanting to clean up the mess and take the church in a different direction.
  • Wendy (18/08/2016, 07:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The church must have financial troubles if they are making money and expecting a profit. The curch is not a business.

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