Evangelical Association not overly excited about Ministry for Ecclesiastical Affairs

Pastor Rodney wants clarification on the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs

President of Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches (DAEC), Pastor Randy Rodney, does not appear excited over the formation of a Ministry for Ecclesiastical Affairs, saying there is nothing to suggest there will be something different from what existed in the past.

He told Dominica News Online on Friday that more clarification is needed on the exact role of the Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs.

“The truth is I do not know what is the shout about that ministry in the sense that we have not seen anything to say or to suggest that there is going to be any different from what used to be the Ministry of Social Services where church affairs were dealt with,” he stated.

On Tuesday this week, Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, introduced the new ministry which will be led by Catherine Daniel.

He said the move was in response to calls for an incorporation of Christian values in the walks of life in Dominica.

According to Pastor Rodney, at least right now, he is not sure of the true intention of the ministry.

“At this moment there is nothing much I can say except to say that we’ve always had the matters of church dealt with by a minister and in recent past, it was Honorable Catherine Daniel,” he stated. “I do not know what the intention is, I do not know what the objective is and I do not know what difference it going to make at this point in time.”

He did say the attempt to incorporate Christian values in walks of life is a “noble” venture.

“But the truth is, that doesn’t come from the sky,” he stated. “I hope in fact that it happens. The reality though, is that if we want to start that now, we, the Evangelical Association, would be prepared to be on board with it but our truth is that over the years, for example, we have written on certain matters that we have not even gotten responses to. We have asked, sometimes in the public, for consultation matters that we have not been consulted on.”

He stated that if the ministry is ‘brand new,’ then it must be explained “and somebody needs to say where we intend to go.”

“There is no excitement for me as far as naming a Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs is concerned, no excitement in that,” Pastor Rodney said, adding that more clarification is needed on the matter.

Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Roseau, His Lordship Gabriel Malzaire, has already welcomed the establishment of a Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs.

He said that although he doesn’t quite know what the responsibility of the Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs is, it was a ‘good move.’

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  1. Preacher
    April 16, 2018

    Is Pastor R a minister of religion or a political agent for the UWP

  2. Big Bannan
    April 15, 2018

    That’ Pastor will one day have he’s judgment . How can you call yourself a pastor when you allow yourself to be so imersed in politics which in all facets is so unethical? How ?

  3. D
    April 15, 2018

    This is what you get when arrogant people don’t read properly . I am not for workers, but clearly I can see he makes sense to ask this question. I am betting none of you know what this new ministry means either. It makes sense to ask what this ministry is about seeing as it’s going to affect the DAEC and other religious institutions. I am also betting no one criticized the bishop when he said he doesn’t know what this ministry entails either. Furthermore the pastor did say it was a noble gesture. Allu just sounding like braying donkeys and that laborites have a personal vendetta against the pastor. Shut up and don’t speak for the rest of us please.

  4. peterson
    April 14, 2018

    the church has its own law book … the BiBle
    doesn’t need any more

  5. What's the noise
    April 14, 2018

    Not like the other guy, he is not singing for a roof over his church. Lol

  6. Cow bite man
    April 14, 2018

    We could start by bringing back religious instructions in the Schools. When i went to secondary school (P.S.S) we had religious instruction first period every friday.

    • Yes, that was also introduced in our elementary school in Wesley, until conflict developed. The so called Roman Catholic priests and their bishop were the ones who introduced it aided by the roman Catholic teachers in the school.

      It did not last for not even a week!

      The conflict arise when it was discovered there were less children going to Roman Catholic Church attending the school, whereas there were more Methodist, and Seventh Day Adventists children in the school; so the priest knew he had to go because the none-catholic students were not going to subject themselves to his religion!

      It is a dangerous to introduce religion from any denomination in Dominica schools, because everybody do not belong to any one religion. And knowing the Roman Catholic Religion is a false religion I would not subject my child to that, and that is precisely Roosevelt, a catholic intention; is to force Catholicism on the nation, to benefit Malzaire, they are after a state own religion!

    • Anonymous
      April 15, 2018

      I would give teaching of our constitution equalizer attention.

  7. NUWP
    April 14, 2018

    So what Randy?

    And who cares?

    And who said your support is welcome?

    And do you for once think right thinking Dominicans righteous godly people expected you this political operative to support anything the Government did?

    We already know we should not play with the pastor Rod.

    So keep your views to you and your party.

    Dominicans DONT want to hear you because you are a disrespectful dishonest selfish man.

    And that’s it.

    And today is the last day I am reading or listening to anything you this man have to say.

    Be it political or religious or otherwise

    You think we forget you when u was in wind band under UWP GOVERNMENT?

    You missing those days at the expense of Dominicans and our hard working farmers

    But you will never see them again in your life.

    Weakness and evil biasness in people like you will catch up with you all.

    Tatoe tatoe.

    • JJ
      April 16, 2018

      When you foolish you really foolish and that’s why you will remain where you with your small brain and never get anywhere. When you can’t read and understand english that is what you have to say. He never said he didn’t support the move, he said he doesn’t know what that ministry means for the christian sector. Do you even know what the ministry means? I’m sure you don’t have a clue…all of us clueless so why you have 2 be stupid about it, stop pretending like you know what the ministry about. I’m a labourite and I don’t know what the ministry about..stupes..when you DUMB…you really DUM! (and yes I spelt it so on purpose, i don’t think you realise that.)

  8. April 14, 2018

    If my people;that are called by MY name will humble themselves and pray,seek my face and turn from their wicked ways : then will I hear from HEAVEN and heal their land…

  9. April 14, 2018

    hundred ecclesiastic ministers,and the people refuse to turn to the LORD,I don’t see them turning anything around.Then here is the other solution to the problem. If MY people will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways; then will hear from HEAVEN and heal their land…HE did not say, get as many ecclesiastic ministers,nor did HE say teach them religion at school. There’s specific instructions and should we follow it, we would be doing ourselves a whole lot of good…
    So Mr. PM you only need read Romans chapter 1 and the issues that are playing out right before our very eyes is outlined in detail. Never forget, so it is written so shall it be.GOD has spoken and HIS word will not return unto HIM void,it’s accomplishing just what HE has said would happen…
    It’s a straight forward scenario…

  10. April 14, 2018

    That’s a straight forward matter that’s addressed in the word of GOD..And I just can’t understand why you so call Christians can’t be straight up..I suspect this business of mixing politics with the affairs of GOD is one hell of a problem..
    Righteousness exalteth a nation :but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverb 14:34. With that said, righteousness can not be purchased at Astaphans nor at Nassief nor at H.H.V Whitchurches . One can only obtain it when they truly surrender to YESHUA ( JESUS ) and HE becomes their LORD and personal savior..
    Matt. 6: 33 Seek ye first the kingdom of GOD and HIS righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you..read the two previous verses 31 and 32, and all the things are outlined there..And so, GOD is the only one that knows the heart and can change the heart from rock hard,cold and wicked to a heart of flesh,tender, loving, compassionate etc. Do not forget also,it’s from the heart all the issues of life comes from..So having one…

  11. Dominica
    April 13, 2018

    I was very disappointed when the Pastor was saying he is not sure of Ms Daniel moral compass of the past on Q95. Pastor Rodney it seems God is for you alone, not you they sang Pastor Rod for nuh a few years ago. And you preaching every Sunday, yet you want to judge Ms Daniel for her past, we are all sinners.

  12. “Ministry for Ecclesiastical Affairs, saying there is nothing to suggest there will be something different from what existed in the past. ”

    Rodney, be a man and simply ask Roosevelt Skerrit, in what government, in which country of this whole wide universe there is a ministry for (of) Ecclesiastical Affairs?

    Again that is another first! Dominica is the first Resilient country against the elements of nature; with the first appointed management minister of resilient, and city (urban) affairs!

    Roosevelt is now in the process of creating a serious situation of conflict between Church and State. Soon he will be dictating to people like you what you should  preach to your congregation!

    Your people have tolerated Roosevelt and his nonsense for too long, you all have said too many times “God bless Skerrit.” Does Skerrit appear, or conducts himself as someone who is blessed by God?

    If your answer is yes; then you are saying God condones evil, God condones corruption,…

    • Continue:

      If your answer is yes; then you are saying God condones evil, God condones corruption, thievery, victimization  and politics. If that’s the case, remember Jesus took the coin and asks who’s inscription is that?

      They answered “Caesar.”

      That is when he said; render unto Caesar the things that a Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s!’ The moral here is that God, is not involve into politics, God play’s no part in Roosevelt politics, you should simply come out as a man and condemned Roosevelt conning ploy to brainwash people to believe that he is supported by all you preachers; hence it is his duty to look after the Church also.

      Anytime the Church allowed itself to be tangled with Government; Communism and dictatorship is the ultimate result; Ask why  the Chines have armed the forces in the country with armored vehicle of war, arms and ammunition?

  13. Ibo France
    April 13, 2018

    This is one of the biggest reasons why Dominica is faltering so badly, this ONE-MAN-ISM. Skerrit seems like he has had an epiphany, and without any consultations with stakeholders, just decided to create this new Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs. The blueprint (guidelines) is missing. This is like constructing a huge edifice without a plan. How much more facetious can it get? How these men and women have maintain power this long over the country is both perplexing and very troubling. Have Dominicans been drugged?

  14. mine
    April 13, 2018

    What you expect from a wolf in sheep clothing but the only thing I know God knows who we are.

  15. Speak Your Mind
    April 13, 2018

    It is high time that people speak their minds. Not because you voting which ever party one is suppose to support everything. If he thinks that ministry is of little importance then why can’t he not say that, its his opinion. Pastor speak your mind its your opinion.

  16. Climate Change
    April 13, 2018

    The climate change Skerrit blamed for Erika and Maria is nothing more than the spiritual climate. Unfortunately that spiritual climate that has changed in Dominica is for the worse, and that’s why Dominica is being destroyed every flipping year. It’s a spiritual climate change that is tolerant to Evil, just to keep an evil and ungodly man in office. It’s a change that will bless evil and condemn good; it’s a spiritual climate change whose god is their belly; a climate change that will even sit down with an evil leader to plot evil, and later come back and say “it’s a good move” though I don’t know what it entails. What a lie! How hypocrite! How do you claim to be God’s voice and you blatantly condoning evil that you know will affect our country? Do you not know that in 2014, the DLP lost the Roseau Central seat to UWP? Has their been an election since? How do you tell Skerrit that it’s a good move to steal a seat he didn’t win when Jesus says to give Caezar what is his…

  17. Current
    April 13, 2018

    Bishop mulzaire….get real!!!

  18. ??
    April 13, 2018

    Except if it’s UWP in power and he is in charge. What a disgrace for a “pastor”. Why don’t he just declare himself as a candidate for the UWP and done? Is it because he is afraid to lose?

    • Speak Your Mind
      April 13, 2018

      His statement makes a lot of sense. I too don’t see and maybe we could be enlighten as to the roles of this ministry. I don’t think it was a political statement but one of common sense and he iwas just speaking his mind on the matter.

    • Skerrit I Voting
      April 13, 2018

      Let those who have see!!!!!!!!!!! The man is anti – Skerrit, Anti – Labour. And his color is blue. Hope PM never invites you to another government function. Your duty sir is prayer for those in authority ……. if you have a bone to pick with the PM dont do it in public do it private. You continue to bash them in public is that Godly is it scriptural? Your statement in public must be balanced not leaning on one side. Pastor Rodney as Head of the Evangelical you should be thanking God for this Ministry and proposing to the Government some ideas to government. Bringing together all the churches and church leaders…….. and also bringing the government into unity with the churches. If Gods representative of the Church is so not ready, ciaos will filter down. Yet you want God to move miraculously in you church on a Sunday. Alas why allu pit Pastor Rodney as head of Evangelical?
      I honestly believe its a new season for the churches.

      • viewsexpressed
        April 15, 2018

        …..And you are anti – man against all that is good and said.

  19. Interesting
    April 13, 2018

    You would think that before introducing the ministry a consultation was had by all parties involved which would have gained much more support. It is a shame that both the Bishop and Pastor Rodney are clueless about this ministry. What an EMBARRASSMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Wilderness Voice
      April 13, 2018

      @ interesting, I bet my house that the Bishop knows EVERYTHING about it, so much so that I would not be surprised that the idea of an Ecclisiastical Ministry came from him. He told us that he does not no about it but I am not that foolish to believe him. One thing I know for sure is that thieves and Liars usually go together because if a man is caught stealing whether it is tiffing votes or money, they are going to have to come with a lie to cover it up. Randy Rodney I believe is CLUELESS but not bishop

  20. jihan
    April 13, 2018

    Skerrit wants to sensor everyone in Dominica,the Chinese have started bringing in the military vehicles and the weapons,the crackdown will be in due time people,Skerrit is a Trump and Putin ally.

    • Anonymous
      April 13, 2018

      You are right Jihan, thet trouble is he thinks he is smarter than either of them.

  21. viewsexpressed
    April 13, 2018

    Thanks Pastor Rodney for your comments and putting light to this matter. There appears to be no Term of Reference as to what this is all about. The motive behind this is to attempt to make Skerrit “Gracious” but he has many sins to beg forgiveness. He has a choice or both, go to the Bishop and or go to Pastor Rodney, two eloquent well respected Religious brothers.
    Catherine Daniels knows that she was about to be kicked out of cabinet because she has failed to perform at the Mininister of Home Affairs. Her background is education and she barely connected with the Local government department , village councils, Town and City Councils and Carib Council. She know k=not what to do. So this new position is a favour to attest to get her going and engaged. The confession box is available, I doubt if she`ll visit.

    Apres Bondie ce Later

  22. i will speak
    April 13, 2018

    more waste of Dominicans tax money so another minister or friend of skerit can line his pockets on the heads of hungry jobless Dominicans

  23. Wilderness Voice
    April 13, 2018

    I am so happy that pastor Randy and a few others have refused to bow their knees to Baal and Roosevelt Skerrit like we see in 1kings 19:18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel–all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.” down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”
    Unfortunately many of our pastors and preachers have bowed their knees to Baal and Skerrit and have kissed his evil and now defending it. I wish I could call them out by name

    April 13, 2018

    What else would one expect from this Evangelical Politician?!

  25. April 13, 2018

    Not suprised at all!!

    • Wilderness Voice
      April 13, 2018

      @ Anon did you really call yourself Anon? Well if so you really living up to your given name because here is what Anon means in the bible and I will give you a beautiful example of it’s use in a bible verse:

      KJV Dictionary Definition: anon


      ANON’, adv.

      1. Quickly; without intermission: soon; immediately.

      The same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it. Matt. 13.

      2. Sometimes; now and then; at other times; accompanied with ever, ever and anon.

      Now here is a biblical example: Dictionaries – King James Dictionary – Anon


      But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and ANON with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. ( Matthew 13:20

      So am I surprised at all???

  26. Skerrit I Voting
    April 13, 2018

    Very bias political opinion, i am not surprise.

    • Wilderness Voice
      April 13, 2018

      So @ Skerrit I voting, you expected the man of God to give you a non biased political opinon like those false prophets of Baal and Skerrit? He did not give a political opinion but rather, a BIBLICAL answer that we can all trace throughout God’s word. If you want a very biased political opinion then call those who said condoning EVIL is a good move

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