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CATHOLIC Bishop Jason Gordon has challenged Barbadians to return to traditional values and stop hankering after a “Tinseltown” – or Hollywood – lifestyle that emphasises individualism and wealth acquisition.

Gordon, in a gripping sermon delivered yesterday at Our Lady Queen of The Universe Church in Black Rock, St Michael, also called on the Nation Publishing Company, whose staff were present as part of activities marking the newspaper’s 41st anniversary, to reflect on its original mandate to be an organ of social democracy.

“We’ve exchanged one set of values – call them the old traditional values – for another set of values – call it pax Americana – and in this exchange we’ve given up something which has been very precious to Caribbean civilisation,” Gordon lamented.

“We’ve given up our value system and we’ve gone to live in Tinseltown, trying to imitate Miami and other cities and trying to be First World in a way that doesn’t count for who we are as human beings. We are better than this. We are much better than this.”

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