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Anglicans refute priest’s comments

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Anglicans refute priest’s comments

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The Anglican Church has refuted claims allegedly made by one of its priests with regard to the church’s finances.

In a statement issued Friday, Diocesan Administrator Canon Wayne Isaacs described the priest’s allegations as “baseless, irrational and outrageous”.

In a media release to clear the air, Isaacs wrote: During the last week, some unfortunate, reckless and unfounded statements were made regarding the administration of the finances of the Anglican Church in Barbados, and in particular the reputations and characters of those persons charged with the responsibility of overseeing, compiling, preparing, scrutinising, verifying and reporting on the financial status of the Diocese of Barbados.

 “In the interest of clarity, the Diocese wishes to inform the public that its annual financial statements, together with notes, are audited in accordance with international auditing standards.

Isaacs, who is in charge of the Anglican church until a new Bishop is elected, added that the Canons and Regulations of the Diocese required that the Audited Financial statements be tabled at the Annual Synod  “where members of Synod, both clergy and laity, debate and approve such statements.”

He added: “To date, the Diocesan Synod of Barbados has received unqualified reports from our auditors and the management letters to Synod have not highlighted any infelicities.”

He therefore called on “the author and publisher” of the offending statements to “retract those statements” which he said “have had the effect of tarnishing the integrity of those attacked”. (GC)