- Oct 30, 2020
The heavily racist tone of Trinidad and Tobago’s recent national election season has deeply troubled Archbishop Jason Gordon of Port-of-Spain, among others.
In Trinidad and Tobago, some are continuing to lobby for legalization of recreational marijuana, but Archbishop Jason Gordon said he opposes such a move.
On Feb. 26, 1970, 200 angry youths stormed the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Port of Spain and criticized the church on its failure to challenge race and class imbalances in Trinidad and Tobago. Fifty years later, the Catholic Church and the National Joint Action Committee came together in that same cathedral for a joint observance of the 50th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago’s Black Power Revolution.
Venezuelan refugee children in Trinidad are having problems getting into school.
In Trinidad, the word “parang” stems from the Spanish “parranda,” meaning: “group of serenaders” or “act of merry-making.” Groups of parang singers and musicians, called paranderos, would go house to house during the evenings of the Advent and Christmas seasons, expecting no food or monetary compensation.
Local counselors in the Caribbean are concerned about a growing tendency among adolescents and young adults to choose suicide or self-harm and the limited scope of ministry available in local Catholic parishes for suicide prevention or family healing.