Bishop calls for couples to maintain strong marriage

Bishop Malzaire

Bishop of Roseau, His Lordship Gabriel Malzaire has reminded couples of their responsibilities in maintaining a strong and healthy marriage.

He spoke at a World Marriage Day celebration at the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Church on Sunday.

Bishop Malzaire said spouses are not meant to do as they please pointing out that sometimes, persons who are in a marriage, live as individuals.

“Whatever vocation that we have, as I have always explained, it is meant to free us. Now freedom does not mean doing whatever we want, because once we get into a relationship we cannot do whatever we want. I cannot in a marriage, live like a saka boy. Saka boy days are finished once I get into a marriage. You are not the same in both ways for the woman or the man.”

He continued, “You are taking up a responsibility that is helping you to transcend this life, to prepare you for something greater.  Just think of what happens in marriage: two people come together: they bear fruit. Children come; families come. Your family expands. God wants to broaden our horizon not so we can live as individuals. Sometimes we are in marriage but we live as individuals, this is not what it is meant to be.  God wants you to broader, to experience more and love more that’s what it is.”

The celebration was organized by the Marriage and Engaged Encounter communities in Dominica.

Activities for the occasion included the presentation of awards, other forms of recognition and prizes.

DNO will bring you more on the World Marriage celebration in a subsequent  story.

Part of the congregation at the Portsmouth Catholic Church on Sunday February 10 

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  1. Badbaje
    February 14, 2019

    Cut and paste that link in the address bar of your web browser. Do some research, this is just a scratch on the surface.

  2. viewsexpressed
    February 13, 2019

    Mr Domininca, who are the sinners, what is sinful, or is it just a judgement?
    Where to you fall in in this scheme of things, who has referred you as a sinner or thief, a liar or ignorant? I`m not here to call or judge anyone on matters of their personal life, but we have to debate professionally on matters that affect us without getting personal, because as you point one finger at this person(s) recall that four of those fingers are pointing at you and that is dangerous. Please be subtle, relax, honour and respect people at all time but yes, you can and must express your views on matters of principle and decency and not get personal. There are many couples who are not married and are better parents and embrace each other better than those who shout loud from the mountain “Fornication”. That wont work, its just spewing out old talk. We must elevate ourselves to a level of deccny that we engage each other irrespective of faith or religion or politics or sports or difference of…

  3. Braindamage
    February 13, 2019

    Sum ting is wrung some where. Bishop, pope , priest, nuns, none of them not getting hard?
    No wife, no husband; it’s till death do us part ? ….. Jesus did not say that part!.

    • viewsexpressed
      February 13, 2019

      Your brain must be damaged for real. How on earth are able to write such disrespectful language on Social Media? What are you saying? What is it you are trying to say? How does this contribute to the discussion at hand. Mr Damaged Brain, please becareful with your context and language and attempt to do some reading, refer to a thesaurus and build up yourself. These people within the religious faith have committed themselves to serve as religious people, just like a doctor, teacher, priest, pilot social worker, politician etc. and it comes with challenges and in many cases good results. Let us look at the bigger picture as to how we are able to build up Dominica and our people as our people are poor and our direction to address daily this corrupt Labour government we have under a failed Odd Minister Skerrit who, with his fail corrupt worthless Labour government ruined our country and reduced our people to poverty and beggars. That must be our focus now, to get rid of these clowns.

      • budman
        February 14, 2019

        how Skerritt gets into a discussion about marriage?

      • viewsexpressed
        February 14, 2019

        Error in ticking thumbs down, should have been Thumbs Up, so the current score should be 4 – 2

  4. February 12, 2019

    You all Dominicans who condemned the Bishop’s sermon are pure ignorant and stupid. All the Bishop is saying is to keep our marriages strong and healthy and understanding. There have been too many divorces in this world and we all need to show love and understanding to each other. What has the Bishop who is not married or has never been married got to do with your silly and childish remarks? A strong marriage is all good for the parents and for the children. Children live what they learn and learn what they live. Children who live together with both married parents in the same house turn out to be successful children. And that is what the Bishop is driving into your silly minds.

    • viewsexpressed
      February 13, 2019

      Thanks ds, well said , well put together. Great point you made there: “All the Bishop is saying is to keep our marriages strong and healthy and understanding….”

      Gods continued guidance. Thanks Bishop Malzaire

  5. February 12, 2019

    Hello and good morning my people. Well Bishop you don’t have any right to speak about marriage when you don’t have any experience in matters. Go tell the pope to free you and the nuns so you’ll can get married then you could give advice. Religion is just a cult where people bury their head in the sand and believe what fools like this bishop say. I see he’s wearing a ring therefore am wondering who he’s married to. I remember in 1968 a priest in Roseau sexually abuse my friend and no one knew how the Catholic Church got that priest out of Dominica. In the eighties am in New York and the same priest name was in the news for abusing little boys in Haiti so Bishop go and clean your house before you give advice.

    • viewsexpressed
      February 12, 2019

      ” Tony, I do not know your background nor your capacity to analyse a situation and offer us some educated logical response to raise up our understanding and intellectual to get into a good debate. “Hello and good morning my people. Well Bishop you don’t have any right to speak about marriage when you don’t have any experience in matters.” This response of yours is immature, selfish, outdated and just a attacking one. This is under the table talk and y9ou have ony exposed mepuis rather than educating us, all of us with what y are trying to say. Really, tell us what is it you wanna say to raise up our intellectual and the bigger picture. Disgusting response. Bishop Malzaire, well said, well thought off, well delivered. thanks much. The church must and has that duty to talk to us and it must be done of educating, companionship, decency and vocal that we capture that picture of life and living as a community. Social issues are key for to address and fix and that is key to our…

      • February 14, 2019

        To: Viewexpressed

        Hello and good afternoon my people. Hello I read your post and I respect you based on what you post but I stand by what I post. I’ve been married for thirty three years and raise five children who are all professional tax paying citizens. Sometimes my wife say something that I know is in fact incorrect but I will tell her Yes,Yes honey you are correct just to avoid an argument . A day or week later when she reliaze she was wrong I will tell her I was just trying to avoid an argument. When the Bishop go through such incidents then he can give us that particular type of advice. His religion forbids him from having a wife and starting a family. In his position he cannot expand his blood line.

    • viewsexpressed
      February 13, 2019

      Tony, stop being immature in your talk and thoughts and you must attempt to do research and analysis before you spew out this kind of thoughts to us the people. Your thoughts here appears to be myopic and not in the spirit of attempting to capture the attention of the wider public. The Bishop has this right to represent his faith and religion and his congregation. Obviously the message will go to the wider public and this is ok because as a Christian myself I will listen to you and also I do listen to other views outside my religion for example, other Christian faiths, Rasta, those with no faith, other faiths and those who are not religious. We all have something to contribute to humanity but to be credible we must acknowledged what is said and show respect. We must appreciate all, but in response to any comments, views from others, let us humble ourselves, be direct but let there be a response message of value, credibility and that the wider public are able to read and comprehend.

    • viewsexpressed
      February 13, 2019

      Bishop Malzaire has all the rights (Like you, me and others have to talk) and he did well to do so. I am not sure where you got these thoughts from, but has nothing to do with dialogue, commentary about issues and all you do is blatantly say that ” Our Bishop you don’t have any right to speak about marriage when you don’t have any experience in matters.” This is a ridiculous, immature, childish statement. If you are unable to comprehend the bigger picture then you are better off to keep quiet. There are many counsellors I know with no children, but their studies and training like any Bishop, priests, Pastor qualifies them to engage in counselling, advice, applying the techniques of listening, analyse, respect to the client and direct the client as to what is their next step. The decision is always that of the client, a counsellor, pastor, priest, Bishop, Pope are all trained to offer advice, counselling, but comes with respect, listening skills and confidentiality. God Bless all.

  6. Laughter the best
    February 12, 2019

    FET isn’t that a like an oxymoron? A man who is not allowed to get married nor have children never loved That’s questionable lol hahahahaha. Counsels on Marriage?
    Maybe I should go lecture NASA scientists & engineers.
    DA like the rest of the world gone mad.
    Am trying hard to be resilient to ……./BS call it what you will.

    • viewsexpressed
      February 13, 2019

      No its not an oxymoron, absolutely not. Christ was not married, he chose not to, and to be dedicated to his faith and commit self absolutely to the church, faith and congregation., and these Priests have that dedication to be part of this religious body where they wish to be married to their faith and sacrifice and preach the word of God within their religion and the word of God. If these priests got married and have a wife and children, four, five six, people will then rise up like with comments saying all kinds of stuff that the priest should go get a job and not survive on the church`s money, finances to support their children and families, as they have to be fed, go to school, university , married etc. One can, will never win.
      Lets not worry about minor things, I applaud the Bishop for standing out and to be hard. Where to do you and others stand? This is What you wrote and is an oxymoron, which is “Maybe I should go lecture NASA scientists & engineers.” Can you comment on this?

  7. smh
    February 12, 2019


  8. Bob Denis
    February 11, 2019

    The Man made Bishop should be apologizing on behalf of Catholic orthodoxy . His boss Frincis , is having great remorse on the amount of promiscuity between priest and nuns , priest and priest . Does the good fellow know some or anything about marriage ? might be some ting hiddin in de closet .

  9. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    February 11, 2019

    ” Gabriel Malzaire has reminded couples of their responsibilities in maintaining a strong and healthy marriage. ”

    Gabriel, let me once again advise you that of all persons no Roman Catholic so called priest or bishop is in a position to give anybody advise on their marriage life.

    This pertains to you Gabriel!

    In 1 Timothy 3:1-5 God said ” This is a true saying , if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
    2. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach:

    3. Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous.
    4. One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity.
    5. For if a man know not how to rule his own hose, how shall he take care of the church of God?

    So, where is your house wife and children?

    Pope have them?

    • viewsexpressed
      February 13, 2019

      Fet, you have disappointed me with this response. I am really lost as to what is the message, where you going with this. What is the value of this, appears to be a tit for tat, rather than academic or spiritual or religious that the bigger public reading this is able to comprehend and within context. Priests as religious officers of the church chose not to get married, that is their right like any other man who has not married. Now you are not a priest, pastor or engaged in any religious activity, how do you come across to talk about or is qualified to talk, comment. This is a shocking statement by you. “Gabriel, let me once again advise you that of all persons no Roman Catholic so called priest or bishop is in a position to give anybody advise on their marriage life on religious?”. Its rather distasteful and takes us nowhere.
      I grew up in the catholic church and I am proud. I am where I am to day because of this. I went to the Prisons, hospital, infirmary etc for mass with Priests.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        February 13, 2019

        The value is what thus said the Lord!

        One of the requirement for a man to be a bishop, he must have his own house a wife, and children! God said if a man cannot rule over his own house, how will manage to rule over the Church of God!

        Take your time and read me again, those are not my words, they are written in the Bible, even the Roman Catholic Bible. If you have one Read it in 1 Timothy. The Roman Catholic Bible is the same as the King James version of the Bible, except the Roman Catholic Bible lags in verses behind the Protestant Bible.

        And there is no such thing as Mass where it pertains to worshiping God; there is no such word in the Bible, that is Roman hogwash.

        You need to read the Bible rather than depend some sinful man to fill your head with philosophy that will take you to hell to burn! 

    • viewsexpressed
      February 13, 2019

      “Gabriel, let me once again advise you that of all persons no Roman Catholic so called priest or bishop is in a position to give anybody advise on their marriage life.” Fet you are wrong on ttis one. In my field I have been with many priests and other professionals in the counselling field who are not married, no children but have studied the dynamics of family life, respect, communication skills, done research on dysfunctional families, those married or just in a relationship. So Fet, you and others are just generalising to some conclusion probably without any evidence or know how as to how these religious and counselling professionals are trained and practiced for many years. I know so because we professionals compare notes, consult each others, undergo case studies. Please do not underestimate these professionals who has been in practice for many years. Anyone, priests, professionals, counsellors, Doctor insult this profession are usually called and disciplined, may be disbarred.

  10. Peace
    February 11, 2019

    Thanks for the reminder, Bishop.

  11. February 11, 2019

    Mr. Bishop Sir, this was a perfect time to refer to Ephesians chapter 5, at verses 22-32 in the Bible, where the Apostle Paul compared the relationship of marriage to the relationship of Christ Jesus and the Church, those these are the best ways to convict your followers of the truth of Life with Jesus.

    However, as usual, you ignored the Word of God and used your human understanding instead. It is said that this conference was a “World Marriage Day” celebration; how could you speak at such an event and refer Ephesians 5: 22-32?

    Mr. Bishop Sir, ignorance of God ‘s Word means ignorance of Life itself. In other words, if we do not have the Word of Christ Jesus, we do not have Life. For He said: “It is the Spirit who gives Life, the flesh profits nothing! the Words which I speak are Spirit and they are Life”

    Sir, are you leading your followers to Life by the Word of God, the Almighty? Remember that the Shepherds will pay

    • February 12, 2019

      Hello and good morning my people. Hi can you tell me what experience in marriage does this Bishop have and what qualifies him to give such advice. I don’t believe in such stupid cults.

    • February 12, 2019

      “how could you speak at such an event and refer Ephesians 5: 22-32?”

      Correction: This was supposed to read: “How could you not refer to Ephesians 5: 22-32

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      February 12, 2019

      Elizabeth, the lone thumbs up you get on this one thus far comes from me!

      So , four tools of Satan gave you thumbs, as well as eight tools of Satan gave me thumbs down, even if they read the criteria which I noted that is required for one to hold the office of bishop. If they were believers in God, and his written words. perhaps they themselves would call on Malzaire to find himself a wife!

      Recently his pope in Rome complained about priest and bishops have made sex slaves out of nuns. These people such as that so called, who is not a bishop according to God Words are nothing more than a hypocrite. How can any man counsel people on how to keep their marriage strong, when this man never had a wife to deal with.

      How can a man who never have children under his roof tell anyone how to rise children. Well indeed some of them do have children all over the place, not under their roof!

      • February 13, 2019

        Telemaque the same way that I spoke here, as on the forum where you are, so why are your responses always negative against my thoughts there. You claim that those people who give me the thumbs down were influenced by Satan–so who is your influencer on the forum?

        My level of wisdom is far beyond these people, especially when it comes to the Word of God–so I do not care about their negative thumbs rating.

        And by the way here is a lesson from Jesus about celibacy at Matthew 19:

        11 But He said to them, “All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given:

        12 For there are [c]eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He is able to accept it

        Jesus did not condemn the lifestyle of celibacy, neither does the apostle Paul, who also lived a celibate Life.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        February 14, 2019

        Leave it to you to spoil everything: you had to mess this one up too, although I am the one who gave you thumbs up.

        In the forum I give you hell when you get on your tangent talking nonsense, such as “your spiritual instincts,” and no matter how I explain to you that humans do not operate off instincts, only animals do.

        You kept on trying to antagonized me as if you are correct that you have spiritual instinct.


        People operate of senses and intelligence.

        Have you ever heard the term commonsense, that is not a form of instincts!

  12. February 11, 2019

    The points the Bishop raised are valid, but they would be better coming from someone qualified to speak of the trials and tribulations of marriage rather than someone denied first-hand experience marriage.

    • out of south city
      February 11, 2019

      That is what ran through my mind when I read what the bishop stated. Who in the world can give advice to married couples when he has deliberately abstained from that union? That’s what religion does to us. We leave our minds at home when we step in these buildings called churches and listen to men and women whose lifestyles we know nothing about behind closed doors. The bishop needs to address the priests (PEDOPHILES) who are constantly sexually abusing young boys (CHILDREN) and young men.

      • February 13, 2019

        @out of south city

        No! The buildings are not Churches they are specially used for the Church activities, especially worship and fellowship –which has to be in the presence of God, by His Holy Spirit

        Jesus is not perfecting a building, He is perfecting a people who are His Church-meaning His body as He is the Head.

        But I don’t blame you for thinking the way you do, in that the majority of Christians think of the building as the church. It is sad that in most of the Churches there is nothing Spiritual about the people, so they do not know how to relate to a God of Spirit in Love and Holiness. Then that makes the churches like social clubs; God’s Holy Spirit is not present there.

        But the hierarchy, starting with the Pope is to blame A Bishop, priest, or nuns should be spiritually sensitive–there is no way a bishop could about marriage, without reference from the Word of God–the Bible

    • viewsexpressed
      February 13, 2019

      Absolute nonsense. Please raise yourself up from this un educated statement. makes no sense and gets us no where. It is a statement without it being qualified why? A statement does not make something educational, it is just a statement of nothing, of a personal thought, but you have failed to link it to something bigger, that is raise above level of being an intellectual, do some research, analysis and debate your thoughts well, rather than random statement that makes no sense, lt alone dollars.

      • Karl Orndem
        February 13, 2019

        clearly Viewsexpressed you arent an english major, nor married. Mr. burnette is simply saying it would be better received from someone who is actually married. For example, thats like me telling and chemical engineer at a nuclear plant how to handle plutonium. I have never handled been involved in the process, maybe read up on it, but i have never been involved. thus my opinion may not be highly regarded as i am not an expert, nor am i experienced in the field. Ive met Mr. Burnette and he is both married and educated, (and an engineer). i concur with his sentiments.

  13. max
    February 11, 2019

    love that. Hats off to the marriages that God keep together notwithstanding the trials. Just leave it to God. But Bishop also caution the leaders in the EE and ME, especially in the Canefield zone that like to talk couples business with their friends and foes.

    • ddd
      February 12, 2019

      i agree 100% and playing like there marriage is the best those pretenders running in front church every Sunday. Stop doing like u all are perfect

      • Dominica
        February 12, 2019

        Going to church does not make you perfect. Whereas I do not condone this if it is true, we must remember are all human and fall short. Let the church be a hospital for sinners and not a museum for saints!

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