Haiti must own Haiti’s future

The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon, Bishop of the Convocation of Churches in Europe, reflects about the future of Haiti. Quoting a letter from Bishop Duracin of Haiti “Nous sommes aux abois, mais fermes dans la foi.” (Être aux abois means literally to be run down like the fox in a foxhunt, mais fermes dans la foi means but firm in the faith). Whalon writes:

At the very beginning of news coverage of the disaster, commentators were noting with wonderment the groups of Haitians sleeping outside, having lost everything, but who were singing hymns of praises to God. They could not believe it. How could these people praise God now, they asked? Good question, which can only be answered by people of faith. What a difference between these Christians and those nabobs saying that this earthquake was a divine punishment!

It is now time for all Christians and other people of good will to declare our solidarity with the Haitian people, including those of The Episcopal Church’s largest diocese of Haiti, and insist to all who want to help—nations, NGOs, churches and ordinary people—that the Haitian people must be in charge of their future.

Not only have they been the victims of several natural disasters recently. Haiti has also suffered immensely, first at the hands of the French, and then the Americans. As a citizen of both countries, I am ashamed of the human disasters wreaked upon the Haitian people by my nations in the past. We must not allow that past to repeat itself.


As far as the reconstruction of the Diocese of Haiti goes, what Bishop Duracin and his leaders say, goes. Others may want to discuss options with them, of course, but the final decisions must rest with them. The same goes for the people of Haiti. President Préval and his government must have the final say. Haitians must own Haiti’s future, even as they did not own their past.


The future of Haiti can only be bright if it really belongs to the Haitians.

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  1. David Allen |dah • veed|

    I like so much the things that +Whalon says. He is such a learned and inspiring man, and sensitive bishop. Perhaps you lot should entertain the thought of making him your next Presiding Bishop in TEC.

  2. I agree with Dah-veed about Bp. Whalon. His words often resonate with me. And I, too, am ashamed of the US role in the tragic history of Haiti.

  3. Leonardo Ricardo

    We ¨lot¨ are Americanos…a ¨lot¨ is a empty piece of property…but yes, there are so many good choices for future PB´s…some are older and probably wouldn´t consider serving but many are youthful, filled with enthusiasm and aren´t caught up with any sense of personal ¨propriety¨…prudent is often so strangling and loaded with falseness and not remorse.

  4. David Allen |dah • veed|

    We lot who live in the Americas are Americans, although I know Canadians cringe at the thought. Just as the folks of no one country are Europeans, Asians or Africans. You lot are Estadounidenses (United Statesonians).

  5. Dahveed,

    Something about winning senseless arguments…

  6. David Allen |dah • veed|

    Leonardo, you have been a bit cantankerous of late and finding insult where none was meant to be found.

  7. Thank you Dah-veed, I appreciate your words…true, I am quick-on the-draw regarding ¨patriotism¨…it´s something that I hope Guatemalans, Estadounidenses and Mexicans have in common during some current and very unattractive, violent damaging internal domestic times/abuses that are running way out of control.

    Back to the TEC Presiding Bishop nominees…there are a wealth of people who have many of the same outstanding moral character attributes that we see in our Anglican leadership in Brazil, Central America and Mexico and Canada…Province IX Bishop President of the Episcopal Church has Bishop David Alvarez of Puerto Rico (quite a savvy and no-nonsense spiritual leader and in many ways a topnotch business man).

    Today, like yesterday, my thoughts are for Haiti. Especially the NEW Haiti that has great promise if given a helping hand (and if the politico hands keep their hands OFF the $$ help). This is a REALITY (especially for those of us who know IT to be a REAL LIFE ongoing crime).

    Creative energy and great talent run in the veins of Haitians…all they need is honorable people, professional and/or skilled in basics, to assist them along the way…not exploiting them along the way by indulging in corruption.

    My vacant lot runneth over.

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