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New wine in new wineskins, NOW

by Rev Michael James, former General Secretary, Antilles Episcopal Conference

There is a significant group of Catholics worldwide who are especially happy to be members of the Church because they consider it one of the few vitally important institutions where they can be confident that priorities and practice do not change, or at least change very slowly. There are also many who are not Catholic, Christian or even believers who are also happy this is so, because they strongly believe that the world would be a much better place if there were less change and if it could only go back to how things were in the ‘good old days’.

Some of us in the Caribbean, especially those born before Independence, cannot deny that we occasionally wonder whether there may have been advantages in remaining colonies/dependencies like Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Curaçao and Martinique instead of facing all the social, economic and political changes and pains of nation building.

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