Grand Bay catholics in solidarity with accused priest

Parishioners say they stand in solidarity with Fr. Lafleur
Parishioners gathered outside the Catholic church in Grand Bay on Friday evening

Grand Bay Catholics have threatened to take protest action on Sunday in solidarity with their parish priest, Fr. Reginald Lafleur, who has been sent on “administrative leave” by head of the Roman Catholic church in Roseau, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire.

Bishop Malzaire took the action after a woman, who is referred to as ‘Jane Doe’ in correspondence obtained by DNO,  wrote to him alleging that she was the victim of abuse by the priest 19 years ago while he served in Portsmouth.

As a result, Bishop Malzaire has sent her to Trinidad & Tobago for  therapy, opening what many say is “a can of worms.”

Catholic faithful in Grand Bay say they view Bishop Malzaire’s action as dictatorial and are asking for further review and consultation to avoid “unpleasantness.”

“Our parish priest is not going anywhere, how can you take actions before getting all the facts…19-21 years ago and now she coming with that allegation,” residents who gathered outside the Catholic Church on the evening of June 7, 2013 stated.

They have vowed to take “all the necessary action” to vindicate and clear the name of their parish priest.

“We have issues surrounding us; we have issues surrounding our parish. We know what is in the air at the moment and what our parish priest means to us. Tonight we are here in solidarity with Fr. Lafleur. He is the one who is hurting the most and we are standing with him. My brothers and sisters the situation is grave. We don’t know his future and he can’t even tell us what his future is we do not know. Our bishop has the final say,” parishioner Armour Thomas told the gathering.

On the morning of June 7, 2013 Fr. Lafleur celebrated his “final mass” and amidst tears said farewell to a parish he has pastored for the last 2 years.

“We don’t know what he (Bishop Malzaire) is going to do on Sunday and we know by word of mouth he has asked Fr. Lafleur to go on leave. We are in a battle and we need to pray and ask for God’s intervention,” Thomas, who is a member of the parish committee, said.

The people have vowed to “take all actions” on Sunday June 9, when Bishop Malzaire is expected to go to Grand Bay to say the 7am mass where he will reveal his decision on the matter to the congregation and then depart for Jamaica.

Fr. Lafleur celebrating mass. File photo
Fr. Lafleur celebrating mass. File photo

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299 Comments

  1. unknown
    June 12, 2013

    i see Fr. Lafleur as the victim here. Wht happened to the statute of limitation? That was 19 years ago! and has this matter been further investigated? smh..

  2. Anonymous
    June 11, 2013

    :( a church gate! :oops:

  3. Lang Mama
    June 10, 2013

    So Everytime I pass by the churches and those Hugh people singing the song ” he touched me ooh he touched me and made me a whoe” really and truly is them pastors and priest they singing about man

    • Frabo
      June 12, 2013

      Lang mama, you must learn the song, then you’ll get the true meaning. The song continues: “Something happened, and oh I know he (Jesus)touched me, and made me WHOLE. A priest or pastor cannot make you WHOLE! only God can. Watch your tongue boy!!

    • Zangooloo BettaPwell
      June 13, 2013

      too funny

  4. Prep
    June 10, 2013

    The song by Britney Spears that says ” oooops she did it again”

    Britney Spears will just st down and make up things yes. Boy I knw Britey Spears and she even accused family qui, next thing a big lie yes.

    • dennis
      June 18, 2013

      Get a life, yo and I both know this thing occurs frequently. From family members to teachers but JAH will quail them priest and all.

  5. Umm
    June 10, 2013

    I feel particularly attached to this entire episode as I was very much involved with the catholic youth movement in Portsmouth at the time of a father Reggie.no ther priest has done what Fr Reggie did for us in Portsmouth. In fact we were such a spiritual force and it was be ause of father Reggie – so any you g peo
    Me were involved in the spiritual revival of the church. Yes I do remember the you g lady at the time – she must have en between 11 and thirteen then. She was part of the youth choir. I do recall though that she was always problematic .

    I know father Reggie very well and I am in serious doubt that he would do such a thing to a child. Now I do understand people’s skeptsm because of the reputation that the church has built . My doubt is not just based on Reggie as a good person who I knw for sure would not hurt a child but I am familiar ( very) with Jane Doe as a kid and I watched her developed into a woman and what I am prepared to say is approach with caution.

    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2013

      How you know is not the abuse that made her problematic? You have no way of knowing what a man can or cannot do.

  6. rosea
    June 10, 2013

    the devil is working in this girl to get to the priest.

  7. grandbay
    June 10, 2013

    bishop didn,t handled this properly, instead he send the girl to trini on our money and exposing the priest and even giving him leave. we catholic need and answer. she wanted the priest at that age. aah ahh, maybe he slap her to respect him. and now allegation for mone

  8. grandbay
    June 10, 2013

    am sorry. for the accused and those who led her to do this, when they shake their rope on all you. look out

  9. crying
    June 10, 2013

    they people who are behind that accusation need their names to be exposed, now is jane doe who is taking the blame. she want money like the people overseas

  10. Anonymous
    June 10, 2013

    First off, just because the man is a priest doesnt mean he’s innocent. Second we have no idea what all the facts are. Having said that, cases like this are the worst. If true you want the accused to be castrated but if a lie the life of the accused is damaged forever.

    I tend to side with the accused in cases of alleged sexual abuse as such an allegation is the most powerful and effective weapon that a no-good person can use and we know throughout history that way too many women, in fact people on a whole, just plain lie through their teeth without blinking an eye.

    It’s because of these liars that the real victims have such a terrible time. This woman better be telling the truth but unless she admits to it how will the public ever really know for sure? It’s the rare situation where indisputable evidence exists to clear the accused meanwhile this man’s life will never be the same again.

  11. Nudibranch
    June 10, 2013

    Well the story even made the New York Times.

    DNO the country s courtroom.

    • GRANDBAY
      June 10, 2013

      so im from grandbay and the story goes two years ago jane doe went to the bishop told him fr reginald made “sweet eyes and touched her bottom” twenty years ago.jane doe is now 36 so she was 16 when the alleged abuse took place.the bishop took jane doe to trinidad for psychiatric evaluation.she escaped in trinidad the bishop found her she escaped a second time she was found and returned to d.a…….lots of questions here where did she escape to in trini who does she know in trini where is she now??? last i heard she is not in d.a (speculation)…..what are the results of the bishops two year investigations why does he need another month to further investigate??? questions questions in need of answers

    • timple toe
      June 10, 2013

      look more story cominig out … let it out. this woman needs to be exposed

      • Open Eyes
        June 10, 2013

        everything you read is the gospel????

  12. sani
    June 10, 2013

    fada not guilty

  13. Komper Lapin
    June 9, 2013

    …..The 59-year-old priest was put on administrative leave after a woman alleged that he touched her inappropriately on her “bottom and breast” and made “sweet eyes” at her 19 years ago when she was a 12-year-old parishioner. In one of her letters to Malzaire, the woman wrote, “I need money and it seems that I am being ignored.”

  14. Anonymous
    June 9, 2013

    If there is a real allegation of abuse why didn’t the person allegedly abused report the matter to the police?

  15. Justice and truth
    June 9, 2013

    God inspires. At such a time, the enemies of the Catholic Church are many, as also fallen away Catholics, those who renounced their Catholic Faith, as they too are sinners. God knows this too well.
    Stand by your Church and your Priest. Few people, even so-called church-going ones who appear to be prayerful, pillars of the church practice fairness. God knows who they are.
    When such a complaint is lodged against a Clergy, you must first allow the Church to handle this situation. At this point, the Media or the Police should never be involved.
    In brief, I consider how many men abused children and women, impregnating them, refusing to recognize their children, saying they are not theirs, not supporting them and they are not brought to Court to honor their obligations. Women have a tough time of collecting child support owing from those men.
    This offence brought against a beloved Clergy should sadden the Catholic Church in general of which we Catholic laity are obviously members. Those who are genuine practicing Catholics should stand by the priest. We do not know whether this story is true and under what circumstances the so-called woman was sexually abused, if at all. We should consider that we are all sinners in the eyes of God and should not lambaste the priest nor blame the Catholic Church in general since we do not know the truth.
    Keep in mind what Our Lord said, “Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful.” Some of you lambaste the Catholic Church and the priests when you have not lived a Catholic, godly life and a Christian-like life for that matter. Who are you to judge and condemn?
    Some of you have gone so far as to renounce your Catholic faith, turned its enemies because some people came from nowhere, falsely indoctrinated you and enticed you to renounce your Catholic faith and devotions namely, The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass that Our Lord established prior to his crucifixion and death, when He said, “Do this in memory of Me”. How much do you know about Holy Scriptures and the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ? You, not knowing or making it your Catholic duty to know that this is The Church, The One and Only True Church that Our Lord established on earth and to become knowledgeable in this Faith.
    Our Lord did not mean that we should only read, study, preach the Bible, quote from it and speak about it. He also meant that we faithfully meditate on His Life, Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection. This is, The Sacrifice – Celebration of the Holy Mass, The Stations of the Cross, praying the Holy Rosary, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and other devotions according to the religious teachings of the Catholic Church which The Blessed Trinity has inspired and approved His Church to practice until the end of time for the salvation of souls.
    Who do you think God is? Those who are enlightened know that people cannot obtain eternal salvation solely by reading, studying, speaking and writing about Holy Scriptures and hearing people preach thunderously about it and singing loud hymns which could deafen those who are present. Do you think that God does not know better how we should worship Him and obtain his blessings, joy, peace and unity? He gave this mandate solely to the Catholic Church which is why it is so persecuted. Satan is the leader of this. Pray to God with a humble and contrite heart for this enlightenment. Only then will He reveal this to you, including his blessing and graces.

    • PAX
      June 9, 2013

      Genuine Catholics should stand by the priest, and genuine Christians should stand by the truth. We must not lambaste the priest, must we lambaste the accuser? Like you said, we do not know the truth of the matter, and we are all sinners. Isn’t the merciful Heavenly Father considering her as well?

      • Justice and Truth
        June 10, 2013

        I speak the truth, the Truth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Catholics must be more vocal. Those who are not must commence doing that and defend their Catholic Church and Faith.
        The Catholic Church has the Fullness of Faith and Truth. Our Lord gave the mandate solely to the Catholic Church. No other church has it and will never have it. That is why it is so persecuted. Eat your heart out. It will be revealed to you when you close your eyes for the last time on earth. I stand by this.
        Our Lord came to earth and established His Catholic Church. No doubt about that. He is with his Church no matter what befalls it and no matter how many enemies It has, until the end of time.
        Faith, in His One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church which some of you have renounced and others who formed their religion. He is referring to people as you who have lost the true faith. This is why all what is occurring in Dominica is as a result of faithlessness and sinfulness.
        You lack godly enlightenment to know this. The Holy Bible belonged to the Catholic Church 2000 years ago. All other so-called churches borrowed and stole it from the Catholic Church and they took off some chapters from it. They watered it down to suit their mentality and their ungodly lifestyle.
        How many so-called pockets of religions are now in Dominica? What is the origin of your church and who is your leader? In other words, how old is your church? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
        My plan (which I should have done a few years ago) was to write the PM and if there is a new PM when the next election is called that he/she should not allow any more religions in Dominica.
        A small country as Dominica is not in need of any more so-called pockets of religion which in no way have helped Dominica. They have caused lack of love, lack of peace, discords and disunity. Their leaders are merely making money off Dominicans to feed, house and clothe themselves, to remain in business.
        If they say that they came to save people why are crimes/murders and other sinfulness increasing in Dominica? Let them show how they have assisted Dominicans.
        The government assists nationals who are poor. Dominica does not need any such foreigners to assist them and to influence them to leave their Catholic Church. These people are not operating in the best interests of Dominica and its nationals but in their pockets. Do some of us not know that?
        As it is stated, “Do not go where the paths lead. Go where there is no path and leave a trail.”
        God was already been proclaimed in Dominica. They and you do not even know Holy Scripture. As I have previously stated, “The Lord inspires.” Stay tuned for my book.

    • Dr. Ben Haynes PsyD
      June 10, 2013

      Well, l thought l heard it all. All l can say here is, nonsense, stupidity, ignorance coming out of this comment. Reminds me of the woman that said, “stand by your man even when he is abusing you.” We may not be Catholics, but we live a life by obeying the laws of God, and country, doing unto others as we would like them to do unto us. You know Sir, many people put their trust, lives in others hands especially when that one is in a position of this trust. How sad when that trust is broken. But what is so ignorant about your comments, is the careless way in which you call God’s name (in vain), and people are nothing because they show their disgust for an accused priest ect., We don’t know the facts in this case. Only God, the bishop, the woman, and the priest but the problem is credibility. For so many years the carelessness, the ignoring of complaints by little boys and girls that were molested by members of the clergy of this faith, where some said, “The police, the authorities should not be involved is your complaint.” Sir, because of that terrible, careless mistake (behavior), the lives of perhaps, thousands of children were destroyed. I don’t know what type of God you serve but if He wants the catholic church to represent Him on earth, then your organization needs to take a hard look. Sadly, this trust that millions of people depended on has turned into sadness, destruction, even evil. Sir, you said that people are walking away, condemning the catholic church and this priest who was accused of misconduct. I am sure if St. Peter was on earth today he would destroy this organization and build a new church with non-catholic members. No doubt, there is much weeping in the heavens because of the behavior of this flock. This church, and this church alone is responsible for its own demise hence, destruction. Since you have the gall to attack concerned individuals that find the woman’s story reprehensible then you need to hear that this organization’s history is well documented with the same behavior, death and destruction of the innocent on every continent throughout the centuries. Let me end by saying, Sir, we are not Catholics but we love our neighbors as ourselves, and we walk in the Sprit, and as the scriptures tells us, not to fulfill the lust of the flesh.

      • Justice and Truth
        June 11, 2013

        This does not mean you are smarter than others. The enemies of the Catholic Church will detest what was stated. To people as you, anything Catholic and about the Catholic faith is nonsense. Pride comes before the fall.
        The truth always offends. Some people do not like to hear the truth. Too bad for you. God wants you to hear the truth, to meditate on it and to practice it. I urge you to pray to Our Lord Jesus Christ for discernment. If you pray with a godly heart, He will reveal it to you.
        Our Lord Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church. He will see to it that there will be no demise of His Church. He said, “I will never forget you My People…” He was not speaking to the pockets of so-called religions formed down through the ages to today and still more to come until the end of time. Oh my!
        If I were you I would be concerned about all those different religions. Do you think Heaven has space for stubborn, disobedient people who caused religious divisions and disunity on this earth? God detests them. People as you are teaching falsehood and the gullible and vulnerable are falling for it. In other words, the ignorant.
        It is prophesied that all churches formed after the Catholic Church will go before the Catholic Church. The Catholic is here to stay. It is one billion strong. That beats your church if you have one. As God has ordained, it will be here until the end of time.
        Holy Scriptures said there will be a remnant. All others who do not remain faithful to the Catholic Church will never be the remnant. You should think where their leaders and followers will end up in eternity.

      • June 12, 2013

        You are right; only the woman, the priest and God knows the truth. So why are you blasting the Catholics? I am sure you have heard and read about religious from other FAITHS who have been accused of abusing young and not so young males and females. So try not to be biased about this. We can only lay solid blame when the truth comes out. In the meantime, we need to follow the straight and narrow because some of us are guilty of so many other sins. Let us pray!

    • Frabo
      June 10, 2013

      “Justice and truth” that was a long sermon from you, in which you yourself is condemning people who are of a different faith. We all need to wait and see what the end will bring. You said that people should stand by the priest. What if the priest is at fault? you said that, “we are all sinners”…we know that! what’s your point? you are saying ‘indirectly’ that the priest is capable of such behavior. I know that priest very well, and i love him a lot. He is a wise man and can speak for himself. The problem i’m having regarding this matter is, why did the bishop had to suspend him when there is not enough, or any evidence to prove he conducted himself in such a way as alleged by his accuser. One should be considered innocent, until proven guilty.

      • Justice and Truth
        June 11, 2013

        Some of you, as religious as you may appear to be, as God knows your heart and the extent of your spirituality, do not think beyond and put on your thinking cap. You project that you have none.
        Why would the woman after 19-21 years come forward and scandalize the Priest’s name? I have previously stated, did she not have a boyfriend throughout those years? Was she married? If so how did her husband treat her? Does she have children and grandchildren? What has her lifestyle been like throughout those years? The authorities must investigate her lifestyle from the moment she claimed that the Priest sexually abused her to her present lifestyle.
        Yes! We are all sinners, one way or the other but we do not commit the same sin and all sins are not one and the same in comparison. Some are venial sins. Others are mortal sins and atrocious ones. God knows that some are worse than others.
        OK! Let us assume it is true what really happened. Since this story is out in the public domain for all to hear, read and comment, we should know her side of the story. I am not blaming the priest until I hear her side of her story. DNO should pursue this. If we do not hear her version, it is a downright lie.
        Personally, I would like to hear the woman’s version. I would like to question her as well. Did the Priest seek her out and sexually abuse her? Did she go after the Priest as some women have done? Some women can tell lies too and also vicious ones. You know, it takes two. They also put themselves in a position to be abused. We want to hear her side of the story. Period!
        The Bishop should also divulge it if he knows the truth. If it is true, I will not look upon Father Lafleur any differently for too many as also Catholics have sinned throughout those years, have cohabited and have children out of wedlock. They have never prayed for the Church, for the Priests and for the Bishop. I would like to challenge them on that especially those who lambaste the Priest and also the Catholic Church.
        I have lived in Dominica and so I know what I am stating. Therefore, be not a hypocrite. There are too many of them around. You cannot pull the wool over my eyes. This is my weapon against such hypocrites.
        The Grand Bay people of all have a right to know the truth. We cannot hear and read about a Priest being accused of such an offence and we do not hear the full story. Let the truth be told and known. Then all of us will come to a conclusion according to our mentality. I reiterate that in my heart, I stand by him. May God bless him and assist him through this difficult time.
        I hope that the Bishop does not pay her off which is what she is seeking according to what she hears on TV. I am no fool.
        I am making no excuse for him and I do not exonerate him. I am waiting to hear the full truth of the story and this saga. Usually, it has been proven that I am not wrong. Let us see this time.

    • Anonymous
      June 11, 2013

      google the inquisitions and indulgences

    • Dr. Ben Haynes PsyD
      June 11, 2013

      Why you call yourself Justice? Anyhow, You are wrong. Like l said in a previous comment, no one is fighting the Catholic church. They are only questioning an organization that for years inflicted harm and destruction on many innocent people especially children and now, a local woman. Sir, the catholic church is fighting, and destroying itself, and since you brought up this topic lets take a good look at what is this thing you call Catholicism. It is absolutely not the true church, that St Peter formed so many years ago. Instead, it den of theives, a week body filled with lies, deception, murder, and the blood and souls of little boys & girls still crying out for justice. The proof is there for everyone to see. l did not make this up Sir. Your comments no doubt are making Catholics sick, and the best thing to do is to go in your corner and pray for wisdom. All that catholic mess means nothing when you are condemning people because they don’t follow your stupidity. It is time to let justice take its course. A woman has a complaint. At least, let her have the dignity of a fair hearing. Lets all shut to hell up and let the truth be told.

      • Cyrique
        June 12, 2013

        Having read your comment I felt bound to make a comment. Many men are called to the Priesthood. Some decide to join the Priesthood. Being a Priest places these men in a position of trust!!! For those whose calling to the Priesthood became realised after years of training would NEVER, i believe, comromise that position by abusing their position of trust as a Shephard of our Lord. It is those whose hunger and thirst for lust, who will ‘join’ the Priesthood in order to satisfy their lust. Those men are fooliing themselves – not God!!! The devil is always very busy and he has his foot soldiers. Those who will make allegations against Shephards of our Lord. Rightly or wrongly. Firstly, why the bashing of The Catholic Church? There’s abuse in ALL institutions, yet it’s the Catholic which gets all the negative press. If and when it happens in ANY CHURCH, it must be addressed but everyone jumps on the band wagon accusing The Catholic Church like its a den of paedofiles! I am a Catholic who believes that it IS the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ and no amount of accusations will deter me from my faith!!! Each man will answer for himself/herself on judgement day. WHY DID SHE WAIT FOR 19 YEARS TO MAKE THIS ACCUSATION? Is it because others have received compensation and she needs some money???? She needs to ask for forgiveness whilst she has time if she’s lying. In the meantime, I will pray for both her and Fr. Reginald Lafleur. God bless him. May he continue to do God’s work in Jesus’ name.

      • June 12, 2013

        Are you really analyzing what you are saying? You need to put on your Doctor’s cap and do some serious thinking so the likes of me can at lest appreciate your debate. Which side of the head are your ideas coming from?

      • June 12, 2013

        What is this thing you call Catholicism?. It is absolutely not the true church, that St Peter formed so many years ago.

        @Dr. Ben Haynes PsyD June 11, 2013

        First of all this person identified as “Justice and Truth” is not a “sir” she is “madam”

        I believe she calls herself “Justice and Truth” because that is what she does on this blog: She goes around judging every who does not share her beliefs, I have no idea who appointed her, but Jesus has nothing to do with it–I know because I am one of her many victims.

        However, I understand her reason for the way she is, and that reason is because she is one of the massive number of “Church goers” better known as Catholics, who is conformed to its doctrines–the teachings of their Leader–who claimed to be representing God in this world

        That leader or leaders claim to be representing God because they have rejected God Himself, who wants to do His work of Salvation and Reconciliation, through the faith of man and by the Power of Holy Spirit, whom Jesus the Son, acquired on our behalf by His own blood.

        God Almighty had made that Promise to teach us to know Him, by writing His Laws on our hearts and putting them in our mind. That promise is spoken by His prophet Jeremiah at chapter 31: 31-34.

        Jesus sent us that promise from the Father, 10 days after He was ascended into Heaven or 50 days after His resurrection–it was the reign of Holy Spirit, who would indwell His chosen people as through He would do His work.

        But Roman Catholics do not understand this, as they think of their Church to be the “building” which the enter on Sundays, along with the Pope, Bishops, Priests, and all the dead human being’s whom they canonize and worship as their god

        Therefore, the “Church of Jesus Christ”, established by those who were guided by His Spirit to do so, has no other name but “Christians”

        We read that in the Book of Acts, at Chapter 11: verse 26, as Luke tells us that the disciples were called Christians at Antioch.

        We will not find the name “Roman Catholic” or any of the Denominational names in the Bible–but those names are part of the reasons for the large measure of disunity and the wide number of false doctrines which exist in the churches of today. May God have mercy and compassion on us. Amen!

  16. catholic
    June 9, 2013

    I think the public needs to know Jane Do’s Name. Is only Fr REggie that has a name man. Publish her name.

    • Open Eyes
      June 10, 2013

      Is comess you like…why don’t you go Possie to investigate so that YOU can do the publishing? I would help her sue you for your ignorance

      • Justice and Truth
        June 11, 2013

        You are ignorant. :twisted: :mrgreen: Catholics should sue because their Priest’s name is exposed and hers isn’t. Why is she being protected? She must be a crazy person? 19-21 years have gone by and she is going public with that? How many people will believe her? She should be given a lie detector test.
        What is good for the goose is good for the gander. It is discriminating towards the Priest to reveal his name and not hers. Why is her name withheld? As always, there is a lot of unfairness in Dominica and yes a lot of comess. Get this straight! The woman’s name must be revealed, OK!
        I hope Fr. Lafleur has a lawyer who will demand it, in all fairness to him. He is exposed and she should be exposed. There should be no question and objection about that. There is also discrimination against the Catholic Church and the Priests. The devil is in this one as well.

    • Justice and Truth
      June 11, 2013

      I agree with you. She is an adult and her name should be published. It is not fair to Fr. Lafleur that his name is out and hers isn’t. She is not a minor.
      Why was the Priest’s name posted and no doubt printed in the Dominica Newspapers and broadcasted on the Radio and hers is hidden? Bring her and her name out into the open! She started it all.
      I consider it a ploy to tarnish the Priest’s reputation and that of the Catholic Church as they always do, always seeking for flaws in the Catholic Church as if they are perfect and live a perfect life. God who knows their hearts and their intentions, will take care of those people in time.
      I would sue those Media enterprise if they do not divulge this woman’s name. Dominican Catholics especially the Grand Bay people should do something about that.
      Some of us, in fact, all of us will not sit back comfortably until we know her name and her story is published.
      If she is in Trinidad, I have relatives there. It is nothing for me to contact the T & T Newspapers, one of them to divulge it to them, if they do not yet know about it.

      • Cyrique
        June 15, 2013

        I agree. It’s so unfair that the Priest’s name is published for all to see before a thorough and fair investigation and the alleged victim who is an adult enjoys the privilege of having her identity protected!!! When the Priest is cleared some of the mud would have stuck to his name and with the likes of the Internet one only has to google him and that shameful accusation will pop up. Once the Priest is cleared I hope her face will be plastered all over the Internet for all to see. To all those whom are happy to accuse The Catholic Church, please look amongst your midst and ask those without sin to cast the first stone!!!!!!!

  17. blue angel
    June 9, 2013

    grandbay is definitly an other country… poeple talking about aledge abuse*. well let s hope that your children are never the victimes of abuse

  18. My point of view
    June 9, 2013

    Dominicans acting as if that is such an uncommon thing and its absolutely ridiculous and could never happen in a million years, come on. Even he is a religious figure in the community doesn’t mean he is not human and he is incapable of committing such an act. Even if she took 19 years to come and say this you don’t know how hard it is for an abused person to come forward and say yes they were abused. maybe it took her 19 years to finally muster up the strength and the courage to do so. and why would they send her to Trinidad and Tobago for therapy if there were any uncertainties? There must have been some truth to do this. Whatever is in darkness must come to light.

  19. June 9, 2013

    i glad grand bay people taking actions. stand up for all you priest. let’s go grand bayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    :-D :-D :wink: :lol:

  20. radio cord capie
    June 9, 2013

    Okay just asking how is she dealing with the other alleged abusers? The teacher, the lay minister and the others (step father or uncle)that I understand she claims also abused her? Maybe in all the alledged is the church that can pay so in this case their “bayer bas”.

  21. Umm
    June 9, 2013

    DNO I am not sure why you keep deleting my comment. You refer to the woman as Jane Doe and I am saying that I know Jane Doe to be one who makes up stories and one who has already made accusations against someone else which turned out t be entirely false. I am also saying that Jane Doe was between 11 and 13 years and if someone told me that Regie had an affair with an adult I would sit and wait for the facts but no Regie love kids way too much and this Jane Doe that I know had not been trust worthy then and even about 8 years ago Jane Doe made similar accusations against someone els

  22. marion
    June 9, 2013

    patiently waiting for msgr thomas to comment on this unfortunate incident at the next funeral.

  23. concerned
    June 9, 2013

    Jane doe is a teacher from one of the schools in Possie.

  24. Sad but may be true
    June 9, 2013

    Some Dominicans need to realize that their priest is just a man and not God. He gets all the thoughts and urges that everyone else get. I usually don’t comment but this topic kind of hits home and I feel forced to. I live in the US and I will not go into details I don’t know about that Grandbay lady but I know for my friend. I am also a Catholic and don’t like seeing any priests go against their duties but wrong is wrong.

    • XXXX
      June 9, 2013

      The lady is not from Grand Bay get your facts straight. SHE FROM PORTSMOUTH

  25. ()
    June 9, 2013

    Agree fully. This is SOO TEE WER!

  26. possie vibes
    June 9, 2013

    grandbaypeople doh have tv and internet mann??????they not seeing what those nice priests of thiers doing all over d world??????stop that granbay!!!!!!

    • Dawen Doway
      June 9, 2013

      know your place patner.what u think we more backward than alyou.dont try to cover up for that b…..

    • Anonymous
      June 13, 2013

      oh shut up

  27. June 9, 2013

    What is the abuse .Please Bishop let us know

  28. 100% Dominican
    June 9, 2013

    after 19 years? i doh believe in no “jane doe”. say her real name. give her the publicity she is seeking. too many ppl like to make themself popular by bringing down other person.

    when the story about the pastor BJ came out. The girl who made the allegation came forward and show her true identity and gave her name.

    so why the so called victim is hiding her true identity. God will deal with that.

    • ?
      June 9, 2013

      Nonsense! Pure and absolute nonsense. Throughout the world, that’s what those priest do. If you have TV at home or internet, listen to TV and go on the net, so you will be smart about that issue.
      I SALUTE THE LADY IMMNENSELY

  29. Stuppes
    June 9, 2013

    The American Priest have money to pay but in Dominica we doh have nothing so watch T.V still.

  30. JUDGE DRED
    June 9, 2013

    what is wrong with those slaves in grandbay, if the priest is found guilty he should be punished, that is an unfortunate incident but let the vatican judiciary do its job.

  31. Anonymous
    June 9, 2013

    Father Reggie we love you and stand behind you. God be with you.

  32. anala prentice
    June 9, 2013

    The truth is finally out some one had to reveal what kind of man he is. what the woman said is true. I had first hand experience.Grandbarians better becareful of who they support.

    • June 12, 2013

      Are you saying you were in the same situation like the accuser? So why are you hiding the truth? You should be bold enough to give the young lady some support? What are you afraid of? Are you not sure about what happened?

  33. pragmatic
    June 9, 2013

    DNO you too damm hypocrite for taking out my comments…you playing devil’s advocate but hope the story don’t come back and hunt anyone.

  34. jespen
    June 9, 2013

    In my legal mind, the Bishop has taken the appropriate step. The well loved priest has been sent on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation of a reported incident which is of a rather very serious nature.

  35. Frabo
    June 9, 2013

    “19 years ago?” without DNA or Video your story is out the window.

  36. Frabo
    June 9, 2013

    I just want to remind this lady, that the Roman Catholic Church is now broke.

  37. Anonymous
    June 9, 2013

    Seriously Dominicans, I heard that you all are mostly stupid people, pleasse shut up because you are proving this theory over and over. This is directed at the ones who are asking why now after all these years. People do you know ANYTHING at all about sexual abuse? ARe you so uninformed, illiterate and ignorant that you even ask this question in public? Really people? Please stop proving what a nincompoop masses we have in DA, and to see that is the ones who have to chose government for me, well my #$%^ well bust!

    • June 12, 2013

      You seem to be a nincompoop yourself if you will sit around and allow the masses to choose a government for you. You should know that you no matter how intelligent you are can ever choose your government on your own. So let the people speak their mind just as you have done and stop calling them names. You comments need to show us how intelligent you are.

  38. dominican abroad
    June 8, 2013

    My parish priest was accused wuth the same offence 3 years ago. Nothing came out of it and he was reinstated. Let the priest take his leave, let the police do the investigation and lets continue to pray.

    Are the shrinks in Dominica not good enough for her. Why Trinidad.

  39. wishful thinker
    June 8, 2013

    well from what I gather if it took someone all these years to come forward then this is definitely a woman scorn.He must have told her its over or she is just plain obsess with the priest. 18 years come on and you are only coming forward now.

  40. Jean Gwabay
    June 8, 2013

    Father Lafleur u are in my prayers.. Woman I just hope that you’re telling the truth for ur sake. After donkey years come on man, where were you locked in a basement. SMH

  41. Pray
    June 8, 2013

    Father Reggie i pray for you,because you are man who has helped many , many. A man of God, but you are still a man. If it is true that you did it you are wrong. Ask your father for forgiveness and I forgive u too….some times people forget that behind the robe that there is a mere moral.
    I love you and continue to pray for you…

  42. CALLS
    June 8, 2013

    Tell me we do not have any qualified councilors and or therapist in Dominica. Why Trinidad..Was this woman having mental problems at the time she may gone to confess.

  43. Me again
    June 8, 2013

    Okay, people. I have read all comments and can put together the following scenario, which led to the actions take:

    1. Bishop receives this letter from Jane Doe complaining of alleged abuse by Fr. L
    2. Bishop summons Fr. L to his sanctum, asks him to read the alleged accusation and identify the accuser
    3. Fr. L acknowledges knowing the accuser and confides that there may have been some semblance of abuse, but unintentional
    4. Bishop decides, with Fr. L’s agreement, to recommend treatment for the accused in Trinidad, during which time Fr.L should step down while a proper investigation takes place.

    It’s all legitimate and reasonable. So, my people let’s stop any further speculation.

  44. jade
    June 8, 2013

    He is being made scapegoat. There might just be others. In my days, there were white priests touching little boys.

  45. fatima parishioner
    June 8, 2013

    I have know father La fleur for many years and I have heard many things about him. Some of these things are quite unsavory while for most part the people have quite a lot of great things to say about this priests.

    Father La Fleur is one of the most LOVED priests in Dominica and he has touched the hearts of many and cleansed a lot from EVIL SPIRITS.

    I am not surprised that SATANIC HANDS are on an attack against this VESSEL OF THE LORD and we shall never allow it to succeed.

    This however is not a time for acts of protestation and confrontation or any form of DAY-BAR-YAH-ING within our church community. Scandals will never ever die. Priests are human beings and they have to stand by their vows to serve God and the community at all times & they must be made and be held accountable but people can also be very mischievous.

    We HAVE to remain calm and adopt an objective posture. No need to condemn the priest of the woman who has made such complaints and the Bishop Malzaire who needs to follow the set procedures of the Church to deal with such internal disputes. There is never an easy way to deal with such. One thing is certain, in Dominica a speculations or an assertion or a rumor or a gossip or a propaganda or truth or half truth or falsehood or a lie is like a conviction in itself and no matter what is the final outcome, in the end the reputation of an individual remains permanently damaged.

    SATAN and his angels must never be allowed to wreck havoc within the body of the united DOMINICA CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

    LET US ALL PRAY FOR THE HAND OF GOD JUSTICE FAIR PLAY FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION IN ALL OF THIS.

    Knowing the local media well, they will not make it any easy on our dear Father Lafleur.

    And there will also be other attacks (sexual and immoral) directed at other leaders of our church. Let us brace ourselves and pray for the body of Christ.

  46. Orange
    June 8, 2013

    he sent the woman to be EVALUATEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD people evaluated to see if there is any truth to the story.

  47. Anonymous
    June 8, 2013

    Since that priest is someone I was told ‘cast out demons, maybe he cast out a few demons for her.She burned me like fire but yet I will not put hand in fire for any man/woman on this earth. I forgave and moved on.

  48. Jean Zicack
    June 8, 2013

    As soon as I saw this headline I knew I’d be reading posts accusing the alleged victim of falsifying her story and bring a good man down.

    You people always blame the victim and it’s disgusting. No wonder Dominica is where it is. Just a bunch of backward people. I’ve always wanted to return but DNO exposes me to the mindset of the Dominican public and it’s not a society I want to immerse myself in again.

  49. June 8, 2013

    Bishop Malzaire took the action after a woman, who is referred to as ‘Jane Doe’ in correspondence obtained by DNO, wrote to him alleging that she was the victim of abuse by the priest 19 years ago while he served in Portsmouth. News Article

    I personally will not stand against the woman–as she claimed to be victimized. But that was 19 years ago! Why did she wait so long?

    I also know that if I did not consent to a form of abuse–whatever the priest may have done to her–I would not keep it to myself for 19 years and to come out with it 19 years later. This kind of late complaint puts a lot of doubts in people’s mind

    The question is: What is the motive behind the complaint of situation which took place 19 years ago to cause it to be revealed 19 years later?

    One thing I know is that a man of God has a conscience, which is guided by Holy Spirit, who convicts him of the wrongs he has done against God and his victim.

    King David was a man after God’s heart but he committed an abomination with Bathsheba, who was the wife of his own army officer; God would not let him go free with such a dreadful sin, against Him and another man’s wife.

    The torment of David’s mind forced him to pray to God for forgiveness and God reached out to David–even to the point of allowing Bathsheba to be the mother of his son–wise old Solomon, who was King of Israel after the Death of his father

    And so I hope that this priest had settled with God–if at all he had committed any sin with that Lady. And as for that lady–only God knows why she chose to report this thing of 19 years ago, 19 years later–O dear God, why can’t we have peace in this world?

  50. nana
    June 8, 2013

    This strikes as a really bizarre situation. An accusation was made and immediately action is being taken as if the accused is already found guilty. Usually a person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Such an accusation with a 20 year span would usually required a long drawn out investigation with a ‘he said she said’ situation. There is something missing in this news item. The girl has been sent to Trinidad for therapy and Fr. Reggie is being reprimanded, and then the investigating continues? with all due respect Bishop Malzaire. Don’t you think you are putting the cart before the horse??

  51. St. Patrick Pray 4 u
    June 8, 2013

    Bishop Malzaire can’t be Judge and jury. If you believe the man violated the code of conduct in the church turn over the information to the authorities. Let them do their work.

    Let the legal system take it course and if Fr. Reginald Lafleur is innocent or guilty then the justice system will have been allowed to render the man guilty or innocent. there is one justice system in Dominica; not two, not three. Only one.

    DNO I am a little puzzle man, I thought is yesterday you guys stated that you do not publish names unless someone has been charged, so the question is has father Lafleur been charge?

    I am sorry if I wore my ignorant as a badge of honor here, but I find it strange.

  52. Aldory. A
    June 8, 2013

    I wonder if this is true…too many false allegations against people…waiting for a thorough investigation….

  53. Anonymous
    June 8, 2013

    dno where is my post?

  54. June 8, 2013

    Who the hell in Portsmouth by the name of Jane Doe. There was no such name from Portsmouth.
    Girl why u scared of giving your name come brave and give your name.The priest not going anywhere .Bishop go back to your place.

  55. mee-me
    June 8, 2013

    Well There is no need to go confess to the priest again. From a child I learn that, when you confess your sin are forgiven and forgotten, So if the Priest did it all those years and he has not been forgiven the Church need to get another bible to teach Her members. Woman God has forgiven you and the Priest 20 years ago. Why are you still looking our Priest trouble. Woman go back to the cross.

  56. shortboy
    June 8, 2013

    no man is perfect so he should be forgiven & a priest should have a wife they have feelings too

  57. Anonymous
    June 8, 2013

    All I’m saying is they need to change their rules and allow Priest and bishop to get married and have families to…They r human beings with feelings that’s y so many of them molest little boys and that’s a first a woman…

  58. June 8, 2013

    I know paywinage will start from Tetelalay on that woman head. You see them Straw hat Bidos in the picture,hmmmm,’Accuser Beware’.
    Father if you did something wrong, as you taught us;the ‘TRUTH’ will set you free. Come clean.

  59. Dominican Woman
    June 8, 2013

    I wish the bishop would condemn the ills of our government. Was the woman abused or did she have a relationship/affair with the priest. Just asking. I am not condoning what he did (if he did it). All I am saying is that I hope the bishop did an indept investigation.

  60. Anonymous
    June 8, 2013

    Wrong is wrong and IF the priest is found wrong, he should be dealt with accordingly.

    However, people should take a close look at similar accusations made by the victim against other people….that is all I have to say.

    • Shame!
      June 8, 2013

      I understand what you are saying however due to the high instance of child abuse on this island I have no difficulty believing that she may have been abused by more than one person..this happens all the time and society just ignores and condemn the victim…SHAME!

    • YesI
      June 8, 2013

      And I agree, they doing as if is the priest name alone that call…check out who else she is accusing then let me know if that story can hold water.

    • Anonymous
      June 9, 2013

      Nonsensical protest. If the priest is wrong he needs to be disciplined.

      • GWATANCE
        June 9, 2013

        This the position with these accusations after so many years. A regular pattern presently in the UK and elswhere against celebrities and people in high places For sure plenty priest and MEN are worried SCARED :-|

      • bad mind
        June 9, 2013

        shut up all you dam christan

  61. MORE TO COME
    June 8, 2013

    IF THIS IS TRUE THAT THIS WOMAN WAS ABUSED…I am very proud of her for finally coming out. Only God knows the pain that this woman endured throughout the years.There are MANY MORE LIKE HER IN THE COUNTRY!…WHO NEED TO DO THE SAME!
    Hold on my sister I will keep you in my prayers for you have done something that many wish they could do…Bishop Malziare hats off to you for taking the position you have taken and I URGE YOU TO INVESTIGATE THE OTHER PARISHES ON THE ISLAND FOR SIMILAR ACTIONS BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY!…and I could care less what the DNO readers have to say about my comment..I stand by it..amen!

    • Labor
      June 8, 2013

      if you are sure ther are many please come forward. your language is your thought. you have malice towards not only the priests but against the catholic church.

    • Totocan
      June 9, 2013

      I you only knew the person and the lies they are capable of.

    • June 9, 2013

      I have known Father Lafleur since he became a priest, I have come close in contact with him on several occasions and he never disrespect me nor anyone. He would talk about God and tell me that I I have to follow his commandments if I wants to be a child of God. I meet him at the pointe michel church several times and he was the same man I knew when i was young. Father Lafleur is a respectful priest and would never hurt anyone.

      • stupes
        June 9, 2013

        So! Your experience may not be the same as hers. Maybe he was afraid of your family. Maybe she was a loner: no strict family ties. Different strokes for different folks.

      • Anonymous
        June 9, 2013

        you too foolish is everybody they come in contact with they would disrespect? Sort!

      • Copeh Sarvar
        June 10, 2013

        maybe you ere not attractive.

      • But But But
        June 10, 2013

        so is ALL man that see you that want you? what dam ignorance are you talking about there? So you are telling me that all the other offenders have abused every young boy or girl that they have come across? Ok you are Miss Disney Princess, so if he did not disrespect you, he would NOT disrespect anyone else….how daft is that comment

  62. dont twist my tongue
    June 8, 2013

    I wonda if Fada Tomas will discuss dat at the next funeral.

    • Malgraysa
      June 8, 2013

      I’m afraid not. There is no political mileage in it.

  63. HMN
    June 8, 2013

    It could have happened a thousand years ago,wrong is wrong.

  64. same
    June 8, 2013

    dem non catholics maybe happy…one more chat to make people feel the catholic church not good. you can’t blame one person’s mistake on the whole church. every institution has its flaws

    • splendour
      June 8, 2013

      I do not think that those of other religious persuasions should be happy about this because in every flock there are good and bad sheep. However, I am always puzzled as to why people want to wait all those years before coming out with these accusations. I can understand in the case of a child but not if you are in your teens or adult. How do they expect to make those accusations stick by word of mouth only or are they like the Monica Lewinsky’s and keeping the soiled clothing all these years? Just wondering.

    • Anonymous
      June 8, 2013

      True.don’t blame all if its one person.we don’t know if its true.

    • lol
      June 8, 2013

      that is true but if she was genuinely abused by this man it needs to be investigated

    • June 9, 2013

      I can’t think of any with this many “flaws”.

    • Cor
      June 9, 2013

      The church apostatized a long time ago. It needs to come back to the faith of the apostles!

      • smh
        June 9, 2013

        But Cor you forget is the catholic church that write the New Testament man so what you running you mouth about ..we wrote it and you want to tell us we not doing it you stupid Goose go learn some history

  65. June 8, 2013

    SMH!

  66. Bido catholic
    June 8, 2013

    Well well well after all those years u sudennly remembered.wHAT TOOK U SO LONG my girl u had better be telling the truth or else that priest will cry and pray on u and me too.

    • Shame!
      June 8, 2013

      If you read about the effect of child abuse you will understand that it hurts for years..a pain that NEVER goes away…DO SOME RESEARCH…I DARE YOU!

  67. positive mind
    June 8, 2013

    ????????? keep your belief to yourself

    • Cor
      June 9, 2013

      This is not belief, it is the Biblical teaching!

  68. ALBERT
    June 8, 2013

    after all those year.

  69. Hmmm...
    June 8, 2013

    It is so easy for ppl to point hands at the victim…be it 100 yrs ago or two minutes ago…wrong is wrong…and who knows what the circumstance was for her not coming forward….He is human and a man…he has blood running through his viens too…and who are we to say that the woman is telling lies…Maybe just maybe she is telling the truth…maybe she is the brave one willing to finally come forward and open up the door for possible other victims…Yes Reggie is an awesome priest and maybe he did make mistakes…but that matter should be investigated and in my opinion i do think that the bishop did the right thing…We too like to think that because ppl are in position they cannot do nothig wrong…that’s when they think they have power and they are untouchable…Let justice prevail give them time to investigate…let us see who is wrong and who is right…

    • claire
      June 8, 2013

      whether is priest politcal leaders managers any adult that is not happy with sexual advances should get out from the person immediately and should have a friend to confide in they dont lie down gracefully take it and come backs years to clear the concience you wont go by the pharmacy pick up an expired medication drink it then come and say you sueing 18 and over i dont care about their expired story why dont she show her face on the media

      • Justice and Truth
        June 8, 2013

        I have always stated, whether it is a child or adult, if such would happen to them, they should immediately get out of the situation. The fact they remained in it projects that they must have enjoyed it.
        The Law should come down hard on such people who encouraged any sort of advances, enjoyed the relationship and then decades later scandalize the men names.
        I bet throughout the years she may have been raped by men and who knows have babies with them and she did not expose them and take them to Court.

      • gale
        June 9, 2013

        Are u serious!! Really!!You should go read a book or google about the topic before talking crap like that because u have no common sense.

      • June 9, 2013

        She do not have to show her face. She came forward when she became comfortable. No one knows the reason(s) for not talking sooner. I say congratulations for building courage.

      • Anonymous
        June 9, 2013

        That is so not true….do you know when you a child or teenager how much control and authority adults have over you?…Do you know what adults who prey on children threaten them with and do to them to make sure they stay silent…do you know that children victims do say something to their parents and a lot of adult parents shut them up because the abuser is providing for the family or they do not want the shame or they blame the child as they bad one the aggressor? You do not seem to know much or care to educate your of what causes sexual abused victims to stay silent so do not just speak in ignorance…. :mrgreen:

        It is views just like yours that causes them to stay silent…

    • I KNOW
      June 9, 2013

      You are speaking as one with no direct knowledge. Let us wait and see. I know the lady personally and she has these tendencies. Lets wait and see.

    • Love-sister
      June 9, 2013

      you are absolute correct, right on the ball. People today abhor wrong to much…………, it is a disgrace when people in high position or authority think they are the law or above it. Listen no one should be untouchable when they break the law. Man to man is so unjust (Bob Marley)

  70. June 8, 2013

    Father Lafleur …He have Bido laglise coming up to the alter all the time receiving lusty when he know they are not holy enough to receive the bread and wine. Not accusing him of doing anything wrong with his accuser. I was not there..this woman could be watching too much TV. I don’t know. He need to talk to the Parl Rep. and all the other Bidos to stop their Hypocrisy and Mockery on Sundays. I love the Catholic church and want them to respect.

    • Kay Kay
      June 9, 2013

      Who are you to say who is holy enough to receive lusty.”he without sin cast the first stone “.And the catholic church is far from being as hypocrite as them so called Christian denominational churches .All of them taking one another in d church and outside to they jus think they better than Catholics.I am catholic to the bone

    • Kay Kay
      June 9, 2013

      Who are you to say who is holy enough to receive lusty.”he without sin cast the first stone “.And the catholic church is far from being as hypocrite as them so called Christian denominational churches .All of them taking one another in d church and outside to they jus think they better than Catholics.I am catholic to the bone and for a matter of fact want she our priest so and everyone knows is a crazy woman that there is not first time she accuse someone of abusing her

    • Dawen Doway
      June 9, 2013

      what about dem other women u running around with and u suppose to be married. when u leave in glass house dont throw stones

    • Dawen Doway
      June 9, 2013

      so leave our priest alone. better it be a woman than a man

      • Nelly
        June 10, 2013

        That is such an ignorant, macho statement. Better is a woman than a man? I mean come on! Wrong is wrong. If the priest did it to your 12 year old daughter it is better than if he touch your 12 year old son? Go read a book. You sound very uneducated.

  71. New Day!
    June 8, 2013

    Stupes! What happen, the woman was in a coma? Its high time the Catholic Church allow its priests to have wives. When that is done, there will be less hearsay

    • claire
      June 8, 2013

      the church do not hold them they free to leave if they cant control their passion we have example in dominica both in the brotherhood and priesthood they left and marry please read 1st corinthians ch7 verses 25 to 40 especially v 38

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      The saying, “Be sure brain is engaged before putting mouth in gear” and your fingers to the keyboard prior to utilizing the Sent Key. :twisted: :twisted:
      You are not an intelligent person who utilizes your common sense if you have any. Have you considered how many divorces there are in the world much more than the population of Dominica of all, the number of marital separations and the list goes on…? You think that is the answer and you have the answer? Pray to God for enlightenment.

    • lol
      June 8, 2013

      amen that is so true

  72. sweetwilliams
    June 8, 2013

    father u are in our prayers . from the soufriere community.

  73. Yespal
    June 8, 2013

    Confusing story need more details u hear. Certain things just not adding up, but lets wait and see what happens. I have heard if a priest cry on someone sai ple marleh. Wellllllll let’s hope she gets some help, keep praying for Jane Doe and the priest.
    People do take time to come out with their stories but lets again wait to see if another person comes out with a molestation story, then it might be true. But Fr. L prayers for both u and the victim. All I got to say

  74. Papso
    June 8, 2013

    Reminds me of a pastor who ‘adopted’ a young lady. The wife worships him so much it never dawned upon her. Man used to have his lil woman front row in his church.

    And this pastor is large and in charge and in the media preaching all kinds of things.

    Its a Dominican tradition this hypocrisy.

    • But But But
      June 10, 2013

      yes wi… and when the BJ story came out..who had much to say???? Those same sets that are standing by their priest saying that he is innocent. I wonder which one of them that was in the presbetery with him? Remembered how BJ wife reacted? Just so those Catholics are behaving…lol It is a cycle and a blind one tooo

  75. Frank Talker
    June 8, 2013

    Boy, Armour Thomas not easy! He is accusing the Bishop of taking action before getting all the facts but he, at the same time, is threatening protest action before getting all the facts. Yes I. That’s the same way he behaves around the negotiating table……..a cluster and comedy of errors.
    So in this particular matter, I think the Bishop did the right thing to send the Priest on leave while the complaint is investigated further. Remember, the Bishop has a massive constituency to protect and there are times when he has to insulate his flock from Priests so that he may protect them both.
    For Armour Thomas to tell the public that the Priest is the one who is hurting most, is sheer ignorance on his part. What utter nonsence and rubbish coming from the mouth of Pierre Charles’ former advisor! How can the Priest be hurting more than the one who was allegedly abused? It comes across as though the Grandbay folks don’t care Adam about the fate and feelings of the female who made the report. For them, just leave their Priets alone even if he guilty like Satan.

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      When some people want action and to stir up trouble the first place and people they go to is the Media which is very quick to take up the cause and publish and print it.
      DNO did not post the name of the Newtown business owner who is arrested in the UK but DNO is very quick to publish the name of the Priest who has not yet been arrested and charged of this supposedly offence which dates back to 19-21 years. Oh my! At the moment it is only speculation. No one knows if this woman is telling the truth or not and if she is suffering from a mental disorder and illusion and more.
      DNO, I always viewed you differently but now, as God is my witness, I am disappointed in you. There is a God above whom nothing escapes him; not words and deeds. He knows and sees what is going on. He will deal with everyone in His good time. Wait and see.

  76. shame
    June 8, 2013

    Until all the facts are gathered we should not rush to judgement, however we must remind ourselves of the different sexual allegations brought against the church (worldwide) if the training and teaching is corrupt in Rome obviously it will be corrupted elsewhere. God has ask us to confess our faults one to another, however he also ask us to confess our sins to him only, here it is people are confessing their sins to the priest who in turn takes advantage of the situation. Let us carefully examine ourselves and ask God to purge where necessary, for his coming is soon , he is not coming for Catholics, Anglicans or Pentecostals etc , he is coming for a prepared people. So if there is trouble in the Catholic or any other camps now is the time to clean it up.

    • Cor
      June 9, 2013

      Where did God say to confess to him only?

      • Read your BIBLE
        June 10, 2013

        Man cannot be trusted with the dirty little secrets of the heart. No priest can forgive you of your sins. He did not die on the cross for you. He, himself, is nothing more than a sinner. To call him Father and confess your sins to him is not taught anywhere in Scripture. If you sin against a brother, then you confess to the Lord and ask forgiveness of the Lord and then of the brother.

        1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins (it doesn’t say to a priest, it is talking about confessing to the Lord), he (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

        James 5:16 Confess your faults (did not say sins) one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

        Matthew 23:8-9 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And CALL NO MAN YOUR FATHER upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

        Confessing your faults one to another does not mean airing your dirty linen for the world to see, nor does the Scriptures ever indicate that one should confess their sins to a priest or an Apostle, nor was this practiced or taught by the early church fathers, and Apostles.

        Confessing your secret sins to another man is a dangerous thing. What power the priest would have over the one who has given him all of his dirty little secrets.

        Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: WHO CAN KNOW IT?

      • Totocan
        June 11, 2013

        many other transalations say confess your sins . others say traspasses some say faults.

        read this!!!

        THE PRACTICE OF CONFESSION

        “If we confess our sins…”

        The first question is, to whom do we confess, or admit, our sins? Is my sin something just between me and God, and no one else need know about it?

        Well, sin is between you and God because all sin is disobedience to God so he is the one we need to seek for forgiveness. David, after committing adultery and murder said to God, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight” (Ps. 51:5). All sin, even adultery and murder is against God more than it is against others. And David confessed it to God.

        But he didn’t confess it only to God. He also said to Nathan the prophet, “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Samuel 12:13). He confessed it to someone else, not just to God.

        James 5:16 says, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. We are to confess our sins to one another. Certainly we need to do that when we have sinned against each other to seek forgiveness, but it isn’t limited to that. Confessing our sins to others in our fellowship is a way of walking in the light, a way of bringing others into our lives so they can help us to say no to sin and yes to righteousness.

        We need others to be aware of what is going on in our hearts and lives because of the warning of Hebrews 3:12-13, which says…

        Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

        In other words, it takes careful attention by us and by others to keep each one of us from having an unbelieving heart and falling away from God. We are often blinded to our own sin and become hardened against leaving it. We will not always recognize our own sin and we may not have the will to do anything about it if we do recognize it. But by confessing our sins to others, we are no longer alone in it. We have other eyes to help us discern not only the sin but the heart issues that bring about the sin. Other believers will help us to change.

        This truth was brought home to us again just this week when a certain pastor was found to be in adultery and so was removed from his office. Often when we hear about cases like this, it becomes clear that the pastor wasn’t in any kind of accountability with other believers. But this man was. This is a man who was in an environment where the doctrine of sin is taken seriously. There were structures in place for him to confess sin to others who could help him grow and put to death sin in his life, and yet he was able to live a secret life of sin.

        How was this possible? It was possible because he did not heed the warning of Hebrews 3. He did not “take care” and suspect his own heart, and open his life to the examination of others. He did not confess his sin to others when it was in its early stages. He kept it between him and God. He was hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

        Friends, we are vulnerable to the deceitfulness of sin. We need others in our lives who know our temptations and who ask about them. We need a healthy self-suspicion of our own motives and actions that leads us to open our lives to others. We need to confess our sins to one another.

        That’s why we have small groups in this church. It’s because we don’t want to be hardened in our sin. We want to be cleansed from all unrighteousness in our lives. We need each other’s help to do it.

        Now, one last question. How do we confess our sin? Are there any guidelines to follow that would make it more fruitful in my life? Let me offer just three.

  77. Impartial
    June 8, 2013

    I don’t understand why after all these years. I think it is a matter of wanting to make news. She see these things on TV and want to be a part of it too. That is all that is

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me… Am I angry with what I am reading on DNO’s article! I reside in Canada, Toronto to be exact. I am an advocate of what is right. I have seen this situation played out on TV and reported in the newspapers. It took only one person to light this fire and all Hell broke loose. It is (not was) as if the gates of Hell opened up and all the evil spirits came out and joined those types of sinful people against the Catholic Church.
      Priests accusers came out of the woodwork like flies, all wanting to get money, a piece of the pie from the Church and to bring it down. Some of the cases against the priests were false accusations. Some of them dated back to as much if not more than 50 years ago.
      The Media was unrelenting. Mind you, those are sinful people who live in sin, cohabit, marry, divorce and marry again. If they were to die today, their souls would go straight to Hell also, some do not recognize God nor worship Him. Some of them, their children have gone astray and are involved in bad company and illegal drugs and other crimes.
      What is also bad, the government legalized so-called same sex marriage, sex between two people of the same sex. One would think that they should be arrested, charged and imprisoned for this abomination. There are more sins covering those countries.
      If God was not a loving God, He would have already sent fire and brimstones upon the earth and destroyed it as Sodom and Gomorrah but it will come. Their sins are atrocious ones and yet they went after the Catholic Church and the Priests. Those who sue, criticize, lambaste and received money from the Church, they may not even make it to Heaven but to Satan’s cauldron of everlasting fire where they will burn and burn. As a saint stated: “Every day is a new beginning” of suffering.
      As a matter of fact, as they age, they may not even live long and they may develop incurable and painful disease with immense suffering before they die and enter eternity for their judgment. The world is filled with hypocritical people. The Media and lawyers are people too. They are no exception. Patience as God is patient! Life is short. Then comes eternal judgment. Let them who go after God’s Consecrated Priests take note. Your end will not be a happy and peaceful one to your eternal detriment.
      Our Lord Jesus Christ said: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

    • Queen Bee
      June 8, 2013

      Yes Yes is that self. If I knew you I would pay you for that comment man. These women see people doing that and they just follow fashion. I hope she know is the Trinidad trip alone she will get out of it. Hope she shopped at Trincity mall……………because there is no more

    • sister
      June 8, 2013

      @impartial: there are many times in our lives that we are abused and we let it pass because of who that person ( the abuser) is or just because of the shame that it might bring if we let people know about it,but there are times that in order that we heal and bring closure to these things we have to put aside that shame and fear and let the truth be told.
      Abuse take time to heal and in a lot of cases it takes the victim a lot time to come to terms with what has happened. We have no idea what turmoil this young lady is going through. I applaud her for having the courage to come forth with it. I will continue to pray for her. We tend to treat priest and pastors like they are faultless and sinless. This is not right. We are all sinners.

    • Cor
      June 9, 2013

      That may be so, but if the truth be spoken, there are many more people in Dominica who were abused by priests. They won’t come out and say it because most people prefer to keep these things private. That cannot be denied!

      • Pat Francis
        June 9, 2013

        And some of the priests and victims are dead. These situations are more than 100 years old and not just about priests

  78. Mike
    June 8, 2013

    Let a proper investigation be carried out, people, before taking sides and blaming others. If the priest is innocent, a thorough and unbiased investigation will exonerate him. If the woman is proved to be telling a lie, she will suffer the consequences. I think the Bishop acted properly by putting the priest on leave and instituting an investigation.

  79. del
    June 8, 2013

    Why now after 19 years? I’m not on no one’s side but I hope she was’nt extortion.

  80. father
    June 8, 2013

    I have known this priest since am little am a mother of three he baptized me and two of my kids. This man is heaven sent and truly one ofGods people he is blessing from God.

  81. Debbie
    June 8, 2013

    If he is innocent he will be indicated

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      ‘vindicated’. However, I agree with you. This situation must be thoroughly investigated. The Priest’s good name and reputation are at stake.

    • Cor
      June 9, 2013

      Vindicated

  82. 1/2 CATHOLIC
    June 8, 2013

    This is a big embarrassment…. This is a weird situation….. If he is found guilty, is the Bishop going to dismiss him? If he is not guilty and those steps have been taken, how is he going to face the congregation? Personally I would be embarrassed to be part of the congregation. Father La Fleur, I am sure you did psychology in your studies, but if I were you… I would resign if you are found not guilty and do private practice……If you are found guilty …. do what time ….. Bishop Malzaire gives…. and still go into private practice…… WHAT EVER THE CRIME THERE ARE OTHER CRIMES TOO…. THAT AFFECT NOT JUST ONE PERSON BUT MAJORITY OF CERTAIN CONGREGATIONS ….. AND NO INQUIRY OR INVESTIGATION

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      You better be a “whole” Catholic. When these things happen, God is sending a message to all especially Catholics, “pray unceasingly for the Priests”. Satan is out to get them from day one. Satan knows more than all of us. Satan knows the priests celebrate Holy Mass, the Life, Passion, Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord. They are involved in the salvation of souls. Consider this. Satan wants nothing good for the world in general but just to create a mess, mass confusion and lack of peace. Fellow Dominicans, utilize your common sense.
      Let me further state, Fr. Lafleur does not have to confess to Dominicans. If he has any confession to do, he should confess to God and God alone. As a faithful Catholic, not a half one, this is what I would do. Based under the circumstances, I would not appease anyone – no sinner which everyone is.
      I hate to state this but I am angry and disappointed with the Bishop for listening to that woman and withdrawing Fr. Lafleur from his loving parishioners.
      For once and for this reason, I am stating that I am happy I am not in Dominica or probably I should be there to support the parishioners. I will do so in prayers. God is taking note.

    • Read your BIBLE
      June 10, 2013

      Matthew 23:8-9 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And CALL NO MAN YOUR FATHER upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

  83. Jah guidell
    June 8, 2013

    The cycle of all kinds of abuse has to stop. If he did it he should own up and then ask God for forgiveness for we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
    In the meantime I commend this person for coming forward even now. It is such taboo that this takes courage. Maybe ALL abuse victims should stand with her and come forward. Our churches and public will be better off .

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      Own up for what? Who are you? Have you never sinned? You too own up!
      Let us say, as an example, if he did in fact commit this offence, do you not think that he has already confessed it? God forgives. If he confessed with a contrite and humble heart, never to sin again, make penance and reparation, God will forgive him and even forget about his sin.
      God forgives and forgets! Sinful human beings do not forgive and forget. They are doomed and to failure until eternity.
      If you know what is contained in Holy Scriptures and as Our Lord said: “If you do not forgive, neither will my heavenly Father forgive you.”
      The Lord has spoken and He has commanded. This means, a sure Hell for those who do not forgive.
      Every one of you take good note of this and act accordingly. The Holy Bible is your (our) directive.

    • June 8, 2013

      There are different kinds of abuse you know

    • Vero Don
      June 9, 2013

      You have absolutely no clue as to what the facts are yet you are so judgmental. Slow down.

  84. Parish Of St Luke
    June 8, 2013

    We Stand firm with Fr Reggie. He has been our parish priest on (2) two occassions. He has been a Father to many of us. Not once did he do anything wrong to us especailly the youths. I recall when he was the Parish priest for the first time and he treated us all like his biological children. Bishop Malzaire we are very much dissappointed in the manner in which you are handling this issue. Well we the Parishioners of St Luke are standing strongly in solidarity with the parishioners of Grandbay. father Reggie not going anywhere. God will delivering. These issue is hurting both him and all of us. It is hurting. Father Reggie stand firm, Keep your head up, God WILL DELIVER you and the Church from all these trials. And to this young lady an all those who are behind her we do not know your aim only God knows we pray that he bless you and deal with you all for us. Father Reggie We Love you. and will always Love you.

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      What I do know Fr. Reggie Lafleur is a good friend of a relative of mine and vice versa. Once when I visited I met him. I can imagine how this relative is hurting. What is more the Priests and the entire Catholic Dominican community are hurting. They are of course praying for him.
      Our Church and our priests are constantly under fire. Satan is at the head of it influencing the wicked on this earth.
      The Catholic Church is a persecuted Church. However, Our Lord Jesus Christ is taking care of His Church which He established on earth until the end of time.
      As Our Lord said, “These things are bound to happen.” As long as there are sinful people in the world they will also concoct evil stories to bring others down. Woe to those who tell lies and damage the good names and reputation of His Consecrated Priests. God will hold them accountable.

  85. John Paul
    June 8, 2013

    Well well well ,Dominica really Devant deweh!
    For centuries Members of religous organizations have been sexually abused and the Authoritative heads of these organizations kept it secret ,shifted the abusers to other locations to protect them.Finally A Bishop decides in this modern da yto at least make the investigation known to the Public and what do we have ? Opposition to it .
    When my Mother was abour 12 years old a Priest came to Her Aunt’s house and touched her inappropriately,My Mother told Her Mother who believed Her and Chastized the Priest !Lucky for My Mother Her Mother was not like the People of Grandbay!
    How Many victims over the Years have been abused and still bullied and called “LIAR” adding insult to injury .
    I know stories of two women from the South who have been impregnated by Priests and both were blamed ,one took Her own life and no priest has been brought before a court of Justice .
    Open Your eyes People times are changing ,Priests are just men if they become abusers they should be held accountable .Let us hear the conclusion of the investigation and remember there is no statute of limitation on some of these offenses so time is not an issue.

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      Who gave you these Christian names, John Paul? Are you a fallen away Catholic? Woe to you if you are one.
      People like you really do not deserve an answer. Nevertheless, let me inform you, make you wise and open your closeted mind: “For years men have abused children, teenaged girls and women throughout the day and night.” A day or night did not pass that young girls and women were not sexually abused in Dominica. Were those men ever brought to Court? A thief is not a thief until he is caught. Those women should bring them to Court for sexual abuse, getting them pregnant and some not supporting their children. Some of them did not accept the children as theirs. Shame on all those men!
      Furthermore, look to yourself and at yourself, at your sins. Shut up!!! Have you never raped/ sexually abused a woman? You are fortunate I am writing this on DNO. I would love to tell you something more. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • June 12, 2013

      The evidence is important to solve a case.

  86. Peaceful
    June 8, 2013

    Listen we cannot say, yes we cannot say no, in the days long ago no will will believe a child of molestation/abuse..etc, so do not be angry of the lady for coming out now saying she was abuse, if you were in her place what would you have done, there are many of us young girls in those days 19 year ago was abuse but because we were small and we had no one to help us Not even our own mothers we had to hold it in for many years with not one to help us, now there is this decade we have therapists and psychologist we an come out and be cleanse from all the deep dark secrets…pray for the priest and also for the young lady she too need your prayers to handle this, she is strong that is why she has not yet committed suicide, look at at it on both ways..

    • Cor
      June 9, 2013

      True, her mother would have beat her!

  87. June 8, 2013

    Personally, as a Catholic, there are so many things that have to happen in the church. Bishop should make the recommendations to the Vatican that our Caribbean brothers want to be priests, but can’t stand the pain of masturbating, so that means they need to have a family. On another note. But Father Lafleur will prevail. Think he stupid. He come down to DA and talk about the costumes those bands have, and where he come out the kind of things they using when is carnival.

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      Some of you have ideas which do not suit the Catholic Church. Your words are worth nothing to the Catholic Church.
      If you are not pleased with It, get out of the Catholic Church. The Church does not need any more enemies. Furthermore, when last you prayed for the Church, the Bishop and Priests? What type of a Catholic are you? I would think that you are a cradle Catholic. You do not speak up for It, do not defend It, do not support It and do not stand up for It. You are not a good Catholic. Therefore, hold your thoughts, words and fingers to the keyboard. You are doing nothing to elevate the Church but what you are doing is bringing it down as Its enemies are trying to do.

  88. Anonymous
    June 8, 2013

    We need to know why it took 19-20 years for the lady to come out. Secondly, What is Fr. Saying to the people about the allegations.

    The think before the priest is made to leave the parish an internal investigation should be carried out and an address the parishioners. The question is, what if it is not true? Then doing what is being done now would have been totally uncalled for and the priest’s reputation would be tarnished. Think about that.

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      Your comments as some other comments make my blood boil except I endorse what you stated. My blood boils because I am angry that Fr. Lafleur is accused by a woman which is out in the limelight on DNO, on other Media and he is not yet charged. This is unfair to him.
      If it is proven not true, we will campaign to have the Bishop ousted and return to St. Lucia where is originally from.
      I am a faithful Catholic. I know some St. Lucians in Toronto who know this Bishop and I will be discussing this with them.
      Recently, I had a conversation with a D/can friend in Toronto. I mentioned that when Bishop Boghaert died, I was on vacation in D/ca. The talk among all Catholics was they want a black bishop. I disagreed with them saying that God does not discriminate and He does not care two hoots if D/ca gets a so-called black or so-called white bishop also considering that we are all of mixed race, French and British of all.
      The ungodly debates went on even among fervent practicing D/can Catholics. What a shame!
      A so-called white bishop from Venezuela became bishop of Dominica. He was not welcomed because of his color and among people of different skin color. Imagine!
      A few years later he was transferred to T & T and the same foolishness occurred in T & T to the point a priest or higher up in the Church who probably thought that he would become the bishop resigned and/or left the Catholic Church. Can you imagine that church-goers would resort to such ungodly attitudes? Is God not taking note?
      Well, why I state this, as always, God has his eyes on the world, on Dominica and on his people. This is what Dominican Catholics got in the form of the Bishop, good for them. There is more to come, a punishment from God for their racial discrimination against the Venezuelan Bishop who was as I usually say, so-called white. Let them take what they get.
      Let us pray for Fr. Lafleur and get others to pray for him.

  89. Devout Parishoner
    June 8, 2013

    FR. REGGIE is a man who has fought with the devil on countless occasions and has won!!! we Dominicans know of the great work that this man has done and continues to do…he has freed many innocent persons from demons and all other things resulting from the act and acts of sorcery,We know that! I believe if this man was living an unclean life of a double life , the ALMIGHTY FATHER would not have seen it fit to give such a man that GIFT and POWER. I am disappointed manner in which the ‘bishop’ choose to do whatever he thinks that he is doing!!! FR. REGGIE NEEDS TO STAY WITH US…

    • June 8, 2013

      I have never met Father Lafleur and know nothing about him. But according to what Devout Parishoner has said this priest makes “deliverance” part of his work. This is the ministry of setting people free from demons (evil spirits). It may involve doing exorcisms or casting out demons. If you are one of the worldy wise of this age and think such activity is nothing but smoke and mirrors you haven’t done your homework. Demons and demon possession are very real. Father Jose Antonio Fortea earned the world’s first Ph.D. in exorcism. Many pastors should never attempt an exorcism. But this ministry is needed and we should pray for those true servants of God who are divinely led into it. They are sometimes attacked by the enemy in ways the average believer knows nothing about. What happened in the life of Father Lafleur so many years ago is none of our business. But if a woman says she was assaulted it calls for an investigation. I would expect Bishop Malaire to act accordingly. Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Pentecostal Evangelist.

    • June 8, 2013

      The devil wants him out . The work of the devil I tell you. The devil will try all corners to get rid of him. He needs to take everything to the Lord and he will see him through

    • Read your BIBLE
      June 10, 2013

      Do you read your Bible?

      Matthew 23:8-9 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And CALL NO MAN YOUR FATHER upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

      Matthew 7:21 – 23
      21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

      Not because your priest was CASTING out demons means that he was SENT by God….Go read your Bible and stop talking rubbish

  90. sad
    June 8, 2013

    Stupes. After all these years y is now she sayin that.

    • Anonymous
      June 8, 2013

      i know of a woman who lied on a priest, imagine the rest

      • Orange
        June 8, 2013

        Would love to know the rest.

      • Cor
        June 9, 2013

        Did she tell a lie, or did she lie on top of him?

  91. WORD
    June 8, 2013

    Fr.Reggie is staying with us!!! he aint going nowhere….

  92. Gaza
    June 8, 2013

    Why exactly are people standing by the priest? I see not one person saying they stand by the victim. The history of abuse in most christian churches not just catholic but ALL christian churches tell us we should take victims allegations seriously. Good move by the Bishop whom likely knows MORE facts than the blind here simply saying they support their priest. If you are not part of the solution to end abuse by people in positions of power then you are PART OF THE PROBLEM.

    • Dawen Doway
      June 8, 2013

      Father Reggie en going nowhere. de Bishop will go before him

    • June 8, 2013

      Well since you have the facts and is sure that this particular incident happen, please share it. or do the decent thing shut-up!!!!!! while I pray for my Parish Priest.

    • Think About It
      June 8, 2013

      Simple….They think he’s the closest person next to God,not knowing he’s just as weak and imperfect as we are,and with more tricks under his sleeves than a magician.

    • Papso
      June 8, 2013

      Because in Dominica, the figure in authority always has a group of people dependent on him.

      Being weak and vulnerable in Dominica is like being ZERO.

      On the other hand to be in power or authority means you can do what the hell you want. And even get backing for it.

    • papa met
      June 8, 2013

      nobody isnt saying dat that whatever he did was right. what is being said and d reason for standing up is how the decisions were made.

      • JUDGE DRED
        June 9, 2013

        so you saying the people of grandbay should be his judge and jury and not the bishop allu catholic system installed over priest.

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      Who are you? You think you are a saint? Saints do not reside on earth. They are in Heaven. I am certain you are far from a saint.
      Why should they not be on the side of Fr. Lafleur? Why should they be on the side of this woman? What type of woman is she anyway? 19-21 years went by and now she is coming out with that story? Be fair and ask yourself, what is she up to? What does she want from the Church? Why now?
      What gets me angry with people like you, who are you to accuse the Priest? What type of life and shady one do you live, sinner? I bet you are in no position to accuse the Priest. God knows you and what you are doing also behind closed doors. Mind your own business and conform to the Holy Will of God. Clean up your act and your life. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  93. Anonymous
    June 8, 2013

    A catholic priest can do no wrong huh? All the cases against Catholic priest worldwide but a Dominican priest can never be wrong eh!? Let the Catholic church go through its process. If he is wrong people in D/A will still condemn the woman cos a person in position always seems to be a saint. People not saying God is in control on this one eh! So we be.

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      And you? What is your lifestyle and your life story like? If only the government would charge men for abusing women and children and announce it you will see how many women will sue them.
      If you want a new government, I hope the next one will consider this to sue all the men who sexually abused those women. For too long women have been sexually abused by men.
      When you make the statement against the Catholic Church and the priests keep this in mind and how you were conceived and anyone else you know.
      Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Be careful of your words for they will condemn you one day.
      Our Lord said, “By your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned.”

  94. way lay lay
    June 8, 2013

    what was the abuse?

    • Me again
      June 8, 2013

      I am still wondering.. People are assuming it’s sexual?

  95. As I see It
    June 8, 2013

    GGod this one is you call. Help the innocent one and vgive them victory in this one. Whether it be the priest or the girl. Amen.

  96. Met Yo
    June 8, 2013

    I hate when people do nonsense like this and oh because is a “victim” no one can question the veracity of her statements…..It has taken you 20 years to write your letter???? eh And Bishop Malzaire your actions are disappointing to say the least sir…..on The mere word (accusation) of this woman you not only send Fr. Lafleur on “administrative leave” but you give his accuser an all expense paid vacation to Trinidad? SOme will disagree with me but it is just …. that you and this so called victim would seek to ruin a good preists career and reputation simply based on a 20 year old accusation?? So just accuse and thats it we take your word for it and run with it???? I am fully aware of the rebutals that will come to my comment “oh she blocked it out” or “it was suppressed in her sub conciousness” or some other nonsensical diagnosis…….I am so angry right now I cannot even continue to type….Gandbay people right to stand by thier preist and infact all of DOminica should stand with Fr. Reggie……I think these people here are starting to catch on to the week vulnarability of the Catholic Church…..Once you accuse a preist in the church, They immediately move into cover up mode right or wrong……They never investigate and just accept fault and pay….This is one of the biggests cons worldwide affecting the Catholic Church and evidently it seems to have reached our shores

  97. ??????????????
    June 8, 2013

    What can I say but Lafleur do the right thing. You can serve God and have your wife so get your wife and become an Evangelist. I am one who always believe that the Priest should be allowed to be married not to the Church but to a woman>

    All young priest please take note … I know you want to serve God but you can do that with having your wife so those kind of things won’t happen. Your bed won’t be defiled. Probably the Nuns should get married too if they want to. They can be married to Priests. Who wants to remain celibate should do so by choice not forced. God does not force us as we all have a free will. So why should the Catholic Church force the young men from being married if they want to serve God.

    There is no such thing stated in the bible. What is stated that the men should have one wife.

    Catholics food for thought. Demonstrate for the Nuns and Priests to get married if they want to.

    Ok Armour.

    • June 12, 2013

      Married men who live with their wives abuse women. It is alleged that some Fathers are having children with their daughters right here in this country. So do not make this point with the intention that only priests commit this alleged crime because they are not allowed to get married.

  98. God
    June 8, 2013

    I wonder what Jesus himself thinks… :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  99. Krazy
    June 8, 2013

    what action are the people prepare to take for their priest. if the accusation is true, then the bishop stand his grounds.
    am sure when the letter was first sent, the priest was called in to answer to the letter weather it’s true or not. based on his answer the decision will further be enforced… simple

    • IPO
      June 8, 2013

      If the accusation is true….lol…the accusation…lol

    • June 8, 2013

      note the girls claim is at the Bishop and not the priest

    • i am D/A R U
      June 8, 2013

      i agree with u. the bishop would not take a decision like that with no real facts. i sure he talk to the priest after receiving the letter. come on people a wrong is a wrong.

    • Anonymous
      June 8, 2013

      the sad fact is that the bishop took all his actions before informing Father Reggie of the accusation. #knownfact

    • Vero Don
      June 9, 2013

      Do you work at the Met office?

  100. Satelite
    June 8, 2013

    One thing I know, La Fleur is not just a priest, he is a naturally born exorcist. If he is removed from being a priest then he can take up exorcism as his next job, and i’m sure he will have a lot of customers.

  101. lolz
    June 8, 2013

    Its easy to make accusations and allegations in D/ca eh bishop.

  102. lay apostle
    June 8, 2013

    It is a sad day indeed for Dominica, when parishoners of Grand Bay put such blind faith in a parish priest. What about the hurt that the young lady has been subjected to for the past 19 years. Have these people been living a rock? Haven’t they heard about sexual abuse by catholic priests which occurred decades ago and has surfaced in the last few years? At the very least, can they wait until the allegations have been thoroughly investigated before taking such drastic action? What a shame.

    • jr
      June 8, 2013

      hold your views you cannot tell us what to do

    • Anonymous
      June 9, 2013

      @lay apostle, you are so right, they forgot about a certain pasta in the north. Now the congregation he went with leaving him one by one because he crook them again. They help build church downstairs and now is professor that living in it lol

  103. Bernadine
    June 8, 2013

    Hearts of Jesus and Mary we place our Priests in Your care.

  104. maindesk
    June 8, 2013

    People scream for the bishop to take stern positions and when he does they scream against him. The only way the bishop could take such action is if he knows more about the case than is reported

    • Me again
      June 8, 2013

      I am sure there are policies and procedures to deal with such matters. We should assume the Bishop was guided accordingly.

  105. cricket fan
    June 8, 2013

    i ,m with you father lafleur we catholic are not giving up and you are not going any where such a good man

    • i am D/A R U
      June 8, 2013

      if it was a pastor layou river would not even be enough to wash him, but a priest can do no wrong? wait for the bishop to do what he has to do. what happen all u want to do the bishop work for him man

  106. Bernadine
    June 8, 2013

    Dear God, help us Your people, Jesus save us, Blessed Mother Mary cover us with your mantle, Holy Spirit Guide and direct us. I am Praying.

    • ??????????????
      June 8, 2013

      You only go to God through Christ who died for us on the Cross. Remember the Mother of Jesus at the Wedding of Cana said to listen to Jesus not to her. She did not want to be glorified for what her son Jesus was going to do ie changing water into wine.

      Mary was just a vessel to bring the son of God on this earth. The first part of the prayer is the greeting as given by the Angel. The other part was put in by the Catholic hierachy and this is not in the bible.

      • June 8, 2013

        just stupes!!!!

      • June 8, 2013

        @?????????????? June 8, 2013 “You only go to God through Christ who died for us on the Cross”

        I say Amen to that line above!

        That ideology of the Roan Catholic Church is the reason non Christians will choose to attack their Church first and foremost–and who can blame them.

        The people of the Catholic Church are conformed in their minds, to those religious doctrines–the things of human wisdom and philosophy–which are not of God’s message in the Bible; they refuse to get rid of those doctrines because human pride is what’s driving the authority of that Church.

        However they are not glorifying the God of Love in Spirit, Truth, and Holiness–as we ought to know Himthrough His Person of Love, the Son who is Jesus Christ.

        That is why the Church is plagues with so much misfortunes and embarrassment. And so, let us pray that God will show the His mercy and compassion, to those who are innocent and ignorant of His “Truth” at an appointed time, for they do not know what they are doing.

      • June 8, 2013

        Hail Mary full of grace, blessed are you amongst women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
        Holy Mary , mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

      • catholic
        June 9, 2013

        stupes! you have your belief we have ours. now is not the time to give us your religion lesson. so shut up! no wonder is question marks you choose for your name!

      • claudio
        June 10, 2013

        This message is not only for u????? That’s what ur post name is.but also for the other persons who do nt recocnise mary. We do not pray to mary we ask her to intcede for us through her son jesus christ. Just as the apostles did at the same wedding at cana u spoke about. The appostles knowing that jesus would surely listen to his mother went to her so she in turn would intercedeon their behalf.

  107. Doc. Love
    June 8, 2013

    Dictators are all around us. The leader of the country behaves like a dictator and absolutely nothing is done,what do you expect other leaders to do. The “take all actions,” I hope is protest actions, should be concentrated on curruption and the terrible governance of the country.Are the Grandbay people aware that the NATIONAL DEBT is alleged to be over $1 billion, no jobs for the hundreds of young people graduating from schools this year, the Tourism Industry is our life blood,no serious tourist ships are expected until next year, them people talking about taking action in support of a priest for an alleged crime that took place over nineteen years ago.Where is our priority, what a country.

  108. claire
    June 8, 2013

    i agree with the parishioners i dont believe in people coming out with allegations that late especially sex one unless if it is a child under age if it is and adult speak NOW or forever hold peace to me just like medication expire your story should expire .what for the bishop to do ban all ladies going in presbytery that is not dress appropriate my prayers go out to the catholic church leaders and members may god bring healing and fast conclusion to this story

    • claire
      June 8, 2013

      not only the catholic church all churches leaders look out for those kind of ladies God come first

      • Jean Zicack
        June 8, 2013

        ‘look out for these ladies’

        Yes!! Because ALL women are whores, right?

  109. Lougaoo Mem
    June 8, 2013

    I am from Grand Bay and not surprise at the people’s reaction by their threat to protest Bishop Malzaire’s action.

    I can assure you that there are people in the village who know the irreparable damages done to a few of our young boys by those they trusted to guide them spiritually. It’s no secret that there are priests who fathered children with our women in Grand Bay. They know very well who they are. In fact a European priest ran away with his child’s mother and baby after it was known that he was the father of the child.

    To say that the bishop is being dictatorial in addressing what has happened, is hogwash and pure hypocrisy. The irony is, they are unable to see the dictatorial action that they support each and every day. What really went wrong with us?

    I’m convince our people need some serious divine intervention before a catastrophic event takes place in and around the village. All I’ll say for now, God forgive them even though they know what they’re doing.

    • June 8, 2013

      Lougaoo Mem is in conflict with whom it is he wants to follow. You cannot be Satan (lougaoo)creole name for Satan and seeking God forgiveness on his people. Oh me oh my, my heart cries.

  110. Jayson
    June 8, 2013

    The GrandBay Catholics who are ‘threatening’ to take protest action should ask themselves first and foremost: What would Jesus do in such a situation?

    Please be guided by the word of the Lord. Peace be with you all!

  111. Anonymous
    June 8, 2013

    You should seek advice from one of the Senior priests(Fr Clement Jolly,Fr Charles or Archbishop Emeritus Kelvin Felix) on the rules and procedures of Canon law that deal with such matters;and enlighten us accordingly!!

  112. June 8, 2013

    Why did she wait so long to come forward? Did something trigger her memory since he has been in this parish for 2 years now? I do think that the Bishop should have investigated this a little further before taking action on the matter. I read that he has sent the woman for therapy but for me something does not add up here.

    • Orange
      June 8, 2013

      he sent her for evaluation to see whether is the story is true. Not expense paid businessss at all.

    • June 8, 2013

      Are there not therapists in Dominica to deal with her situation? Just hope they not brainwashing her more in Trinidad just to make some extra cash on the Dominican gov’t. Maybe she might return to the island more crazy than she is

    • Tim Lennon
      June 18, 2013

      I was raped and sexually abused by a priest when I was a child. I did not come into memories of that abuse for 30 years. Sometimes the horror of sex crimes against children overwhelms the victim and only when they are strong enough to face the memory does it come forward.
      Believe the child. Believe the adult victim.

  113. Dr. Ben Haynes PsyD
    June 8, 2013

    At least Mr. Thomas and his group are going to pray for this priest. I hope there is a group out there that will pray for this woman who is also a victim. We can also hope that there will not be a blaming the victim here, and serious investigation of this accusation will be carried out not by the church but independently. You know West Indians like to say, “where there is smoke, there is fire.” So, it is fair to say that the history of this organization (Catholic Church) has been tarnished too often. This priest is a part of this organization. We all know that in the past the hierarchy dealt with these types of complaints/accusations by sending their fellow priests to other regions hence, covering up the crime. And to add insult to injury, some of these same members committed the same crime, making more victims. With this accusation it is difficult to ignore this victim, and that is why serious investigations must be possible. We expect many to demonize this woman because it is a Catholic priest in question, but we should condemn no one because the facts are unknown. it is what it is, but we must let the truth be known. We will all be better for it, even the church.

    • ??????????????
      June 8, 2013

      Let the priest get married so there won’t be those things happenning. They will satisfy their desires which they have to hide.

      Catholics do not blame the young lady. But demonstrate that the Catholic Church adhere to the word of the Lord and not do the opposite of doing traditional things that are against the Lords commandments.

      People read our bible more, Ask for wisdom, and give God all the Glory not any Man. Respect all the Elders but give the Glory to the Almighty Father. The Statues is Idolatry. Virgin Mary is also a human like us. The Hail Mary is a greeting by the Angel. The rest added was by a denomination and show me where in the bible this is? Where have you seen the rosary in the bible?

      Read, REad, the Bible, open your eyes to the word and let us give all the Glory to the Father.

      Give the pope respect but not one of us can take the place of Almighty Father Jehovah. Yes repect authority but do not give God’s glory to any man.

      Do not condemn the priest too… He is human as well and all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God. We have to live the judging to God. But as I said Priest go get married like Alexander who just died. After marriage you can still serve God but make sure you have a Godly who can share your conviction to serving God.

      • Anonymous
        June 8, 2013

        Oh i see, well if you know so much about the bible and have problems with the teachings of the Catholic Church then wait when rapture time comes and you go up and just make sure you there before all catholics and tell God do not accept them in his bosom. Make sure you tell him about Mary because i know your argument with him will prove your destination. I have one advise for you. If you do not understand the Catholic Church then shut up because to every teaching we can link it to the apostles. You need to get some new mapwie for the Catholic Church because what you are giving now is expired. You get your liwey now so you talking. Let me remind you that GOSSIP is a sin that kills too. I reccommend that you purchase a catechism of the catholic church and educate yourself on the teachings of the Catholic Church. Our mother of Perpetual Help pray for us. See you on JOURNEY HOME.

      • Anonymous
        June 9, 2013

        Married men abuse young girls all the time…so marriage of priest will not the cure this plague that invades all societies…it is values we instill in our children both girls and boys that will reduce this evil acts….we have to also punish severely those who commit these heinous acts and anybody who we know falsely accuses another of it…

    • Prudent Bishop
      June 8, 2013

      Sir, I don’t have the facts but I want to commend you for sending the woman for counseling. That is a good start and it appears that you believe she needs it. Now, for the parishioners and other Catholics who seem to think that there is an element of doubt check the internet to assess the length of times before victims around the world came out with accusations. This is not as simple as we would like to make ourselves let alone others believe, there is shame and respect at stake for the victims and humiliation for the accused and so the victims and families are in a delicate dance here. I believe that at the end if the Bishop finds the priest guilty we need to respect that and pray for all victims involved and those who are too ashamed to come out; yes there might be others and they might be men in respectable positions who changed their sexual persuasions as a result of these acts and are living a lie in a married life.

    • HMM
      June 8, 2013

      Dominicans on a whole tend to blame the victim. Make it worst the alleged is a priest. Well well well.

      I think there are many more victims out there both male and female but they are afraid to come out.

  114. Anonymous
    June 8, 2013

    We want our priest and we standing by his side tooth and nail.

    • Peeping Tom
      June 8, 2013

      Will your love for him be strong enough to comfort him and heal him back from his fall IF it is proven that he has fallen? Or will your love prevent you from accepting that he has erred and he needs forgiveness? You see, if your love does not allow you to accept that he may have fallen, you will never be able to help this priest so that he remains a shining light in your eyes.

      How much do you love your priest, really?

      • Greg
        June 8, 2013

        Are you kidding me PEEPING TOM? You protect and condone I irruption that is blatant and in your face and you want to correct in.

      • IluvmyPm
        June 9, 2013

        Aye aye look who speaking for truth and rights the skerro supporter

    • Anonymous
      June 8, 2013

      so if he is found to be guilty or admitted it then what allu going to do?

      • Dawen Doway
        June 8, 2013

        we will open our own church with him as our priest

      • June 8, 2013

        we will then agree with the bishop decision, but without proper information this decision should not have been taken.

      • Anonymous
        June 8, 2013

        If he is innocent he will be vindicated

  115. Francisco Telemaque
    June 8, 2013

    You know I am not a fan of Malzaire, or any Roman Catholic priest, or so called bishop! However I totally agree with Malzaire and the action he too.

    Too often the world over; these wolves in sheep clothing masquerading as priest take advantage of women, little boys, and girls and expect them to remain silent and not talk about the physical, and mental abuse they suffered at the hands of such perverted so called priest.

    The people in Grand Bay argued that it has been a long time, more than twenty years they say; indeed that is a long time; however, they have forgotten that the woman has been suffering mentally for all of the twenty plus years plus since the incident!

    To stand behind Reginald, supporting him when he may have well destroyed this woman life is unconscionable!

    Malzaire would have failed to perform his duties if he had not taken the actions he took, he could be more effective if he had outright fired Reginald!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Me again
      June 8, 2013

      So, you have found him guilty without the benefit of an investigation??

      • HMM
        June 9, 2013

        Read! FET never said that. Alas comprehension is not our strong point nor!

    • ya
      June 9, 2013

      do you know this woman?

      do you know the results of her mental evaluation ?….oooops i may have spilled it!

      do you know that she yearns attention?

      just my knowledge on the matter

    • I care
      June 9, 2013

      My friend , this matter isn’t about denomination . It happens it in evangelical circles too . As a young teenager , I was going through some issues regarding not having my biological dad in my life and my senior pastor referred me to a prominent youth pastor for therapy . The talk therapy went on for a couple if weeks and it was truly helping me until the pastor turned to me and said to me , ” do you know that you’re an attractive guy and that you are unique ” , then he tried touching up my penis . I could see that he had an erection because he was wearing shorts . I am now in my early 40 s and have never forgotten the incident neither can I trust another pastor regarding talk therapy . I’ve shared this yo say that sexual abuse is indeed real and it can truly destroy someone’s life if they don’t seek closure from the past hurts . Let us not make this about religion and denomination . Thank you !

      • June 19, 2013

        I Care: I am sorry you had a bad experience with a youth pastor. This gives me a lot of grief because I can imagine how it must have hurt you. I hope you reported this to the senior pastor. The youth pastor should have been dismissed because what he did is symptomatic of a much bigger problem and should have been dealt with. We don’t expect this type of thing with pastors but it does happen. You may be surprised to know that it also happens among psychologists and psychiatrists. Talk therapy is a valuable tool in the right hands (so to speak) but churches are responsible to be sure those on their staff are people of good character, properly trained, committed to a code of ethics, and held accountable. Of course the same applies to mental health centres or any other place where professional counseling is done. Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Pentecostal Evangelist.

  116. John doe
    June 8, 2013

    I know that “jane doe” personally and I don’t trust her one bit!!

    • Vero Don
      June 9, 2013

      Who is she? Why they hiding her name but calling the priest name? Tell us.

  117. Bad news in d air
    June 8, 2013

    The Grand Bay people will have to ask Mr. Thomas to standing until Fr. Lafleur come’s back because Mr.Thomas is a real catholic and is a man of high morals

  118. grand bay
    June 8, 2013

    Like seriously????????? Malzaire if you know grandbay people best you don’t go to grand bay on Sunday because they will stand strong behind Father their priest. sending someone to trini based on allegations of something that happened yearsssssss ago??? Hmmmmmmm

    • June 8, 2013

      Why you coming on this site with your arrogancy about ‘if you know grandbay people’? This site it to comment and comment intelligently. Not to bash, excite anger or create hostility amongst each other.

  119. Anonymous
    June 8, 2013

    Why can’t Jane Doe reveal her true identity?
    When someone does not like you it shows its ugly head! Monseigneur, stay strong, you will be vindicated. As far as I’m concerned, you are qualified to be bishop too……

  120. concerned
    June 8, 2013

    I’m a Catholic, and I say you have taken action already? Lord, the Bishop send the lady to TRINIDAD, and you tell me I have to give money to build the Cathedral ? who supporting her while she in Trinidad? Fr LaFleur you are in my prayers, the church is under attack. Pray for the church and the congregation.

  121. Yes Fada!
    June 8, 2013

    Sigh

  122. concerned
    June 8, 2013

    :cry: this is such a sad situation.
    Had it been the truth, do you think this man would cry infront of his parishoners? Knowing his character and personality, if it was true, this is not how he would have acted. In addition to that, why did Jane Doe decide to come public only now? What is really he motive for that? Is she trying to destroy the man personally because of some problem she might have with him? Does she want money? If the bishop sent her to Trinidad and Tobago for therapy, under whose expense was she sent? Did the bishop speak to both parties about the situation.
    Chandi, you said that the Jane is already back, how long ago has this thing been going on? How long was she sent to therapy for? Hmmmmmm many questions are raised and I will not ask all that is in my mind right now. I am upset, shocked, afraid. Maybe too filled with emotions but those things are dealt with WRONGLY. That “can of worms” now opened, I hope it does not bring further destruction. I will pray for all parties involved.

    • jr
      June 8, 2013

      the bishop had the woman in Trinidad for three months at the church’s expense and now the woman want more money
      something does not add up here

    • Anonymous
      June 9, 2013

      Yes concerned the can of worms open and mind it doh smell in your face! You expect if the man is guilty he would play wrong and strong? You just posted two stupid comments the other one is about the length of time since it happened only a dumbo living in the dark ages would ask that stupid question, good thing concerned is not your real name, foooool.

    • HMM
      June 9, 2013

      Didn’t Bill Clintont boldly tell the people “I had no sexual relations with this woman”. Thats untill the dress proved otherwise!

  123. Proud Catholic
    June 8, 2013

    Father God…smh…have your way in this ugly situation.

  124. June 8, 2013

    I’m not a catholic but I feel for Fr. Laffeur but God do not give us more than we can handle and no weapons form against him will prosper that’s what he have to hold on too.It’s 19-21 years to come now to file a complain against someone what was she doing all these year I guess we will have to wait to see what the investigation turn up.
    To the people of Grand Bay I’m proud of you standing with Fr.Laffeur untill the result of the investigation is known.

    • Jean Zicack
      June 8, 2013

      Victims often take long periods to come to terms with what has happened to them. They do not have to conform to your timeline in reporting their abuse.

  125. A Voice
    June 8, 2013

    Well you never know, all stories have two sides. Since the Bishop could send the woman for therapy in T&T, then he is convinced that something went down.

    But when you take strong rugged man in their prime and rob them of the comfort of a woman, then these things will always happen.

    Either which way you check it, no one wins here…

  126. Mwen konet
    June 8, 2013

    Portsmouth? Not only!!

  127. Anonymous
    June 8, 2013

    My prayers are with u hold tight

  128. african queen
    June 8, 2013

    as cgurch people let us not wash our linens in public; not everything can be said by the bishop or the priest. Please be patience this is a sensitive matter. May God bless us all. Remeber Satan is busy and he will do anything to destroy God’s church.

  129. rescue 911
    June 8, 2013

    19 years ago and now she needs therapy??????but my dear faithfull catholics the bishop has made the right descission ,i am not saying that the piest is guilty but in an aligation like that the priest has to be suspended until the investigation is complited(that possie woman must have just wake up)

  130. Possie
    June 8, 2013

    19 years ago and now she talking? i smell a rat. As for the bishop, with due respect to you sir, but i think you should be more professional in handling matters like these. waiting to hear the final verdict. Fr La fleur, hold on strong. the devil is a liar and has been defeated.

  131. dee
    June 8, 2013

    After 19 years she reporting abuse? Priests were sued in America after decades of abuse I am not putting my hands in fire for Fr. Lafluer but something sound fishy.

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      She is looking for money to spend the rest of her days in luxury. It will be a hanger for her jacket and a noose in her neck.

  132. SMH
    June 8, 2013

    This is utter rubbish. How can you just dismiss the priest without thorough investigation? There are liars all around us. Therapy? Oh please. Show us the facts first.

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      I agree with you. I have commented about this.

  133. God's way
    June 8, 2013

    Wow. I like that move.

  134. Helas!
    June 8, 2013

    What a new way to show ignorance. There may be a victim who has suferred for 19 years and instead of seeking truth and justice you foolish people instead of backing up the bishop wh, you wearing your ignorance as a badge of honor- shame!!!!! well done bishop.

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      So she never had a boyfriend? Never got married and have children? Give us, the Catholic Church and Fr. Lafleur of all a break, you hear!

    • June 9, 2013

      The point is the Bishop did not handle the complaint in the most appropriate way it’s an issue if not delt with properly could escalate and that’s what happened,all the people are saying the bishop didnt handle the matter in a professional manner the bishop should have come to the people a long time before now and to those who run the chruch together with Fr. Laffeur after all it’s not only the priest that run the chruch I hope things will work out for all involved.

  135. Brathwait
    June 8, 2013

    What’s this, guilty until proven innocent? The woman is sent to Trinidad for therapy, and what about Fr, LaFleur, it’s quite possible that he is the real victim here.

    • Anonymous
      June 8, 2013

      so true

    • Justice and Truth
      June 8, 2013

      Oh please, after 19-21 years she is seeking therapy for what? Ridiculous! What about the type of life she lived during that time? Who paid her air fare and who is paying for the therapy? Where is she staying in T & T? I hope the DA Catholic Church has nothing to do with this.
      This woman is up to something. By seeking therapy, she will use it against the Catholic Church of all to get money from It. Know that she is out for money and nothing else. She also wanted a trip to T & T probably free of charge.
      She will give the therapist a fake story. I should contact the T & T newspaper and inform them to check out the article on DNO.

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