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‘Autocratic’ priest returns to the island

A controversial Anglican priest has returned to Bermuda.

Carl Williams is said to have returned to the island last month after leaving his post as Rector of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Trinidad and Tobago.

The departure was reported in the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday almost two weeks ago.

The newspaper said Mr Williams left the country on October 30.

It added that parishioners were not told of his departure until two weeks later.

Anglican Bishop of Trinidad and Tobago Claude Berkley told the newspaper that Mr Williams had left after being asked to attend a meeting with Bishop of Bermuda Nicholas Dill.

Bishop Dill did not respond to calls and e-mails by press time. E-mails to Bishop Berkley were also unanswered.

Mr Williams made headlines in Bermuda in 2008 after he was sacked as parish priest at St Anne’s Anglican Church in Southampton.

He was fired just over a year after he was appointed.

Mr Williams’s departure from St Anne’s followed a row with parishioners over Mr Williams’s “autocratic management style”.

Barbadian-born Mr Williams has Bermuda status through marriage.

He worked in Trinidad and Tobago as an assistant priest for six years and returned to Bermuda in 2007.