In emotional service, Jesuits and Georgetown repent for slave trading

“We express our solemn contrition for our participation in slavery, and the benefit our institution received. We cannot hide from this truth, bury this truth, ignore this truth. Slavery remains the original evil in our republic, an evil that our university was complicit in.” – President, Georgetown University, John DeGioia
(CNN) There is wide gulf, Frederick Douglass wrote in 1845, between Christianity proper and the “slaveholding religion of this land.” One is “good, pure and holy,” the other corrupt and wicked, the “climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds.”

“We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries and cradle-plunderers for church members,” Douglass wrote in “Life of an American Slave.”

For Douglass, as for other African-Americans, the sin of slavery was intolerable; the complicity of Christians unforgivable.

On both counts, the Jesuit order, one of the Catholic Church’s most powerful group of priests, (Pope Francis is a member) was guilty. In the United States and elsewhere, the Society of Jesus owned and sold slaves.


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CARICOM heightens preparation for UN oceans Conference

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CARICOM Secretariat – Small Island Developing States (SIDS) including those of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are heightening their preparations ahead of the United Nations (UN) Conference on the sustainable use of the oceans (SDG14), scheduled for June 5-9 in New York.

CARICOM Member States and the CARICOM Secretariat participated in a forum from 29-31 March 2017, in Jeju, Republic of Korea, as the Community continued to enhance its capacity to adequately respond to the complexity of issues surrounding sustainable oceans governance.

The Meeting, hosted by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), was organized by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in collaboration with the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). It drew extensive representation of SIDS throughout the hemisphere, experts from capitals, embassies and Permanent Missions to the UN in New York. (more…)

A life well lived – CARICOM remembers Sir Cuthbert Sebastian

Sir Cuthbert Sebastian (Photo vis SKNIS)
Sir Cuthbert Sebastian (Photo vis SKNIS)

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has extended sympathy to the family of former Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, and to its Government and People on his recent passing.

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a message of condolence to St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris, said Sir Cuthbert would be remembered not only for his extraordinary dedication to whatever tasks he undertook but for his mentorship of the youth, particularly to those in the medical profession.

“Sir Cuthbert’s full and fulfilling life was devoted to the people of the Federation, whether as teacher, pharmacist, medical practitioner, author or Head of State, in which latter capacity he served for 17 distinguished years,” the Secretary-General said. (more…)

Acting Chief Medical Officer to chair SKN National Commission on Marijuana

(Ag.) Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws alongside Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris at Wednesday's Press Conference.(Photo via SKNIS)
(Ag.) Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws alongside Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris at Wednesday’s Press Conference.(Photo via SKNIS)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, April 5, 2017 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, announced the establishment of a National Commission on Marijuana/Cannabis sativa, to be headed by acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Hazel Laws.

Prime Minister Harris, speaking at his monthly press conference, said the establishment of the National Commission is a follow through of a commitment made by the Team Unity Administration to facilitate national engagement on the issues surrounding the production and use of marijuana in St Kitts and Nevis.

According to the prime minister, the other members of the Commission will be named publicly after discussions have been held with them. Membership is expected to be drawn from education, health, law enforcement, the banking association, religious bodies, the Rastafarian community and youth, among other stakeholders.