by Celucien L. Joseph
Nonetheless, many critics of the Church consented that since the time of slavery the Catholic Church in Haiti had failed to address Haiti’s problems. In addition Roumain’s argument of the moral failure and leadership miscarriage of the Catholic Church, Price-Mars, like Roumain, exposes the moral incompetence of the Christian Church—both Protestant and Catholic—to contribute to adequate social change and alleviate poverty in the Haitian society in the difficult times of the American Occupation in Haiti. First of all, he posits that the Church as the country’s largest if not its only organized social movement has not succeeded to effect moral unity through the cohesion of the various disparate and opposing forces in the Haitian society. Price-Mars declares, “I find no trace at all of the influence of young French catholic writers in the philosophy of our young intellectuals. I came to this conclusion after conducting surveys among Haitian intellectuals of writers and their works, particularly among our young elite.” Secondly, he admonishes the corresponding church for its deficiencies to be a shining example of Christian charity and grace, as well as its historical shortcomings to decry the rigors of neocolonial occupation and imperial injustice and oppression in the Caribbean nation.