Fr. Reginald Lafleur dismissed from the priesthood

Fr. Lafleur defrocked following allegations of sexual misconduct
Fr. Lafleur has been defrocked following allegations of sexual misconduct

A Roman Catholic priest in Dominica has been “defrocked” by Rome almost two years after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him. Msgr Reginald LaFleur, who has been a Catholic priest for over 30 years, was issued the decree by Bishop of Roseau Gabriel Malzaire on November 6, 2014.

The 60-year-old priest was put on administrative leave almost two years 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. The woman made the accusations against Lafleur in a series of letters to Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, the head of Dominica’s diocese.

Malzaire had sent the accuser to Trinidad & Tobago for counseling as a local church panel investigated her allegations.

In a statement, Bishop Malzaire stated, “You are aware of the allegations that were brought against Msgr Reginald LaFleur almost two years ago. After a Diocesan preliminary investigation, the case was forwarded to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which has exclusive competence in these matters. The Congregation having reviewed the case authorized the Diocesan Bishop to proceed with an Administrative Penal Process.”

He continued, “The accused cleric was duly informed of this process and invited to take part by leading a defense either personally or through his advocate. Two canonists from outside the Diocese were invited as assessors of the evidence gathered. Because the accused cleric had not answered to the invitation to participate in the process, and in an attempt to preserve the right of defense, another canonist from outside the Diocese was invited to lead a defense on behalf of the accused cleric.”

“After forwarding the judgment of the assessors and the canonist who led the defense on behalf of the accused to Rome the Congregation of the Faith authorized that the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state should be imposed on the accused cleric. The accused cleric was informed of the decision and the imposed penalty on November 6, 2014. He was also informed that he had 60 days in which to appeal the decision to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.”

Bishop Malzaire in an interview said the matter was “difficult” for him and has caused him and the church “much pain.”

“I am sure that one will appreciate that this is one of the most difficult things that I have ever had to do in my life as a Bishop and priest. I have always thought that the real key to leadership is decision making and some times and sometimes, decisions are very difficult and very lonely experience especially in such a situation where nobody want to be in such a situation where a brother comes to such space in his life.”

Malzaire stated that, “I would also say that it is one of the most excruciating pains that I have gone through in my life and it still remains so because, it is something that affects individuals, communities also the church locally and regionally. I always refer to the text of St. Paul in 1st Corinthians when he says when one part of the body is hurt, the whole body is hurt. So anything that happens in a negative way in the church it affects everybody. There is no victory in that, there is no joy, and it’s only pain. We know how much universally the church has been hurt in matters of that sort and the reasons why the church is taking the stance in matters of that situation. So any and every time it happens in any quarter it is painful so there is really no joy in the matter.”

Reginald La Fleur holds a Doctorate in Ministry (DMin) from The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.

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312 Comments

  1. Se Sa Meme
    November 25, 2014

    Ask him about the annulment of marriages that is compulsory in the Catholic Church, but not for his chosen few…Dominicans speak now. It was done bold and brave too. yet the many annulments that are there pending for years are disregarded…Sin continues and that’s how they take care of their flock.
    Heaven will surely have lots of surprises..

  2. November 25, 2014

    He without sin cast the first stone

  3. Grand bay I come out
    November 25, 2014

    :twist :twisted

  4. ????????
    November 24, 2014

    Francisco Telemaque why do you always attack Lizavier4Jesus. You calling the woman of God names. Francisco you should apologise and also you need to get over your high horses. You are always an insensitive human being who is very rude and arrogant.

    • November 24, 2014

      Francisco Telemacque have his faults just like any other human being but this individual Lizavier4jesus , base on some comments and replies to Francisco was also in poor taste . It takes two to quarrel, it takes two to tango.

  5. Romancia
    November 24, 2014

    People of Dominica Listen… The bible said any church which forbid people to marry is a false church marriage is and should be the peoples choice …….the scripture is taken in first Timothy 4 verse 3 Read it for yourself this is a doctrine of hell,,,,,,,,,,,,,, From a pastor who cares

    • Me
      November 25, 2014

      This is not about whether a pries t should be allowed to marry pastor. If the allegations against Fr. Lefleur are true he would be guilty of peadophelia, something entirely different.
      By the way, I do think priests should be allowed to marry

  6. Anonymous
    November 24, 2014

    first timothy 4 and verse 3 say those that forbid people to marry are devils …read it your self

  7. Wet and cold
    November 24, 2014

    As a catholic it hurts to continue seeing this mess in our church. It is not just Catholicism that’s affected. its Christ that’s being attacked from which ever angle it is coming from. I know of the said victim and have heard incredulous stories come from her mouth. Do i know the priest that well no. But listen here Catholics who said that they believe in the Holy Roman Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting be careful what you say on Sundays. For if we believe that the priest during the sacrifice at the alter helps bring forth the change of bread to wine to the body of Christ, then this is one less priest to do so and then the devil would have won. Young lady if you have been hurt, may God pour His peace upon you and make you whole again.
    Its just a sad mess. Father La Fleur continue praying, the devil has not finished aiming at you, but God has not forgotten you.

  8. God's Chil
    November 24, 2014

    God is not a Police,and there is forgiveness in the Lord

  9. bottom line
    November 24, 2014

    Well I must say this topic has come along very well……….It is my hope that with all this being seen and heard by the general public that all other matters especially the “unjust” one of buggery that we will no longer turn a blind eye and speak out about it. The way I see it yes true the matter was investigated from all technical angles but the fact of the matter is the judgement should be “weighed” cause what is gonna happen from this is that a lot more cases will be brought to the table and then more people will leave due to them not getting any back up. Now while we are on the matter of religious people I would like to see and there are many others within that said church also who would like to see “another priest” as soon as possible “refrain” from preaching politics during his sermon. Matterfact I would see it fit that the bishop him self get to this matter and approach as serious as Fr LaFleur s matter cause this as well will cause a bit of “Stir” within the catholic church of which I myself belong. All in all what is good for the goose is good for the gander and until then pli temp pli twist there shall be more to come especially with the “wrong sided ones”.

  10. November 24, 2014

    Father Lafleur God is with you .Please Malzaire please do not shed Crocodile tears
    We going all the way with Lafluer

  11. Hmmmm
    November 24, 2014

    So Bishop, allu dismiss this good priest and allu still don’t know for a fact what happened. Allu still cannot prove it. But just to save face and not seem to the world allu hidding molesters allu dismiss one of the best priests we ever had. Someone who gave his whole life to this Chrurch. Allu made him the sacrificial lamb. And don’t hide behind Rome. You know quite well what you all did. I am disappointed in this decision that my Church took. My heart is heavy. You did not get it right this time. Oh no you did not get it right.

  12. NEUTRAL
    November 24, 2014

    Not only that, the young lady remains annonimous, yet the clergyman is exposed worldwide. The truth lies in the hands of our Abled God and the parties involved. Let’s not condemn anyone, but pray for the victims. However, in my humble opinion this could be resolved differently, Bishop.

  13. Producer
    November 24, 2014

    Get rid of ALL religion that affiliates with Rome. They are wicked, manipulative, deceitful, unworthy of our money and time. Far too long we’ve been sending our hard earned $$s to a foreign church that detests Black folk and suppressed them for so many centuries.

    • philme
      November 24, 2014

      not only this one all religion

    • out of south city
      November 24, 2014

      Yes, Producer, I say the same thing. All religions are man-made and have nothing to do with us having eternal lives. We are spirit beings and when we exit this earth we are going back to the cosmos from which we came. We will always exist as spirit beings. Only religions believe in heaven. The only things that will come out of heaven are rain, snow, sleet hail, rockets and bombs. Our ancestors did not have religions. These were forced on them by their enemies, who still have our people bound to their religions. They had spiritual systems which the Europeans destroyed and called them witchcraft. All that we have learned from these people are lies and more lies. They associated Africa with nothing good but all negative and we have believed them to this day.
      Can’t we see the wars being fought throughout the world are fought by religious people over land and resources that don’t belong to them? These Jews, who people say are the chosen people of god are nothing but a war-mongering people. The Arabs themselves are not the original people of that land and the so-called middle-east is rightly North-east Africa. The Suez canal was completed in 1869, and that’s what has been used to divide the African land. Every foreigner wants a piece of Africa.
      If we take a look at these so-called evangelists, their focus is faith-based, lying to the people, telling them that if they only believe they will receive and all that they are doing is continuing to exploit the masses just as the slave masters did. The more churches there are, the more poverty that exists because those in the pulpit are taking from the masses who are too blind to see. See, the slave masters put their religions in place so that these Uncle Toms would continue their legacy. No longer do they need to be among our people in the churches. They have left that for the clergy to do. They exploit the people by encouraging them to give their money to god and god will bless them and some of them have jets and mansions, while some can’t even make ends meet.
      Away with the slave masters’ religions: christianity, Islam and Judaism; they were all involved in the enslavement of our forefathers/foremothers.
      Let the truth be told.
      One Love.

      • December 1, 2014

        You seem to detest whatever you think “religion” is but you have in your imagination created a belief system with no God, no heaven, and no hell.

        What you have are “spirits” that existed first in the cosmos or spirit world. Then they were born in human bodies. When their bodies die they return to the cosmos or spirit world.

        Good grief :!: You have a religion more complicated than mine. But is leaves me with a few questions. Please help me with this.

        Who created these spirits :?:

        Who decided that they would be born in human bodies and then return to the cosmos when the bodies die :?:

        Who energized these spirit movements or actually moved them through space :?:

        Now the most important question of all.

        How do you know these things :?: I mean by what authority do you make these statements :?:
        You have a lot to say for somebody who has no terms of reference. :oops:

        As a Christian what I believe is based on the Bible. :-D I invite you to visit my website

        http://www.livinghopeministries.ca

        Go to the EAGLE COURSE. The very first lesson is called “Let’s Make Sure.” In simple language based entirely upon the Bible it will tell you how to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior so you can KNOW – yes KNOW – that your sins are forgiven and you will go to heaven when you physically die and you soul leave this life.

        Then go to ARTICLES. Read my article called “Things that Cannot be Shaken.” These are things we know for sure because God has revealed them to us in the Bible . This is not “religion” whatever that is. No, no, no! This is God’s revealed truth.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  14. November 24, 2014

    that’s just bullsh*t 19 years ago………………………..
    and that bishop even have the audacity to send that to rome.
    give me a break

    • December 1, 2014

      For as long as I can remember the Roman Catholic Church has covered up the sins of its priest and shipped them off to other parishes.

      When scandal after scandal erupted in the church world wide costing them millions of dollars they were forced to at least make an appearance of doing something to remedy the situation. Pope Francis announced a zero tolerance towards priests who molest children. The church is feeling the pressure of the media and public opinion to clamp down on priests alleged to be involved in sexual child abuse otherwise they would continue to ignore it as they always have.

      Some suspect Father Lafleur is being made an example – a sort of scapegoat – at least to the people of the Caribbean – and are afraid there will be others in different parts of the world.

      The RCC is in damage control mode. Is it not true that the present pope is a Jesuit? In a religious organization where the end justifies the means this can be a dangerous situation for its workers.

      Had this man been tried in a real court of law and acquitted for lack of evidence or found innocent he would be legally innocent. Anybody accusing him could be sued! It is doubtful if even the church would touch him!

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  15. November 24, 2014

    Father Lafleur let not your heart be troubled .I think you should think of building your church ,I will be there with you whole heartedly .The church can be miles away from Portsmouth .( I WILL BE THERE)

  16. Beautiful
    November 24, 2014

    In the first place It supposed to be HIS LORDSHIP BISHOP REGINALD LA FLEUR !!!!! Not MALZAIRE….MALFETERE

  17. Wondering Eye
    November 24, 2014

    Let Priests be married. After all these years.. only now… stupes.. Alot more going on in the catholic church that’s what the bishop needs to look at.

  18. GG
    November 24, 2014

    Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, the head of Dominica’s diocese should be the one being defrocked! he crucified this man “like when Jesus was crucified on the cross” and destroyed his life!!!!!i It taken Bishop Malzaire 2 years to come to this decision. the VICTIM is in her 30th and still her name is tight lip and “Malzaire had sent the accuser to Trinidad & Tobago for counseling”Dominica dont have a qualified counselor?
    Father Reggie dont allowed no one to destroyed your Name and life like that !!!! (Bill COSBY victims names was revealed.)

  19. Really?
    November 24, 2014

    If Fr Lafleur did do the things alleged by this lady after all this time, then he needs to face the consequences since she seems to be still affected by his alleged actions. However, on the other hand, it can only be hoped that she was not party to any plan to get Fr Lafleur out of the way if he was seen as a threat to someone’s religious career. That would be just as bad if not worse than what he allegedly did. It would be sinister! Time will tell.

  20. Tomas
    November 23, 2014

    We all know who cast the spiritual drones on Fr. Lafleur. It is none other than one of his kind, the Hypocrite. Now, he and the skerrit are known as “false and angry leaders” and have become enemies of Dominica.
    May God Bless Lafleur.
    May God Bless Monel.

  21. Big Sis
    November 23, 2014

    Forgiveness people forgiveness, stop condemning the gentleman. Stripping the priest was very harsh, the lady is an adult now, she should have gone to him and demand an apology. everyone needs a second chance, In DA we are to quick to cast stones. HE had no right too he was totally wrong but it could have been done diffrently.

    • philme
      November 24, 2014

      differently how ? remember you got to pay for your sins on earth not when you we are dead! and what he did was harsh if it was a family member of yours what will say

  22. November 23, 2014

    “Well, satan mama” <<<<<<<

    Telemaque the reason I told you not to respond to my comments on DNO is because of your rude insults such as that Satan mama name calling here–I detest this, do you hear me?

    "I do not believe the authorities overreacted, but I believe that is a hypocritical action they took"<<<<

    I have told you many times before that I do not care for your twilight zone opinion; if you want to call people hypocrite that is your choice–I think that they overreacted, that is what I want to say, leave me alone, if you cannot speak without a stupid and negative contention–have you gotten that?

    And one more thing! You have no business judging people to be hypocrite–you are the greatest hypocrite in the world

    • Francisco Telemaque
      November 24, 2014

      Mama Satan, I could care less about anything you have to say; you are a young yellow, rude lips sucooyant.

      I put out me garlic red pepper, and salt to douse you when you fly and arrive here from Canada. De same speed you fly coming to Los Angeles, is de same speed you will fly back to North York; cause red pepper and salt splashed all over me house which keep all succooynt out oui!

      I doh responding to you ting, so doh respond to me ting!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • The Facts
        November 24, 2014

        Telemaque! Be nice. You appear to be a miserable person who cannot communicate amicably.
        DNO should restrict your comments. This is not what DNO is for. Can you not comment without insulting people and calling them derogatory names when especially it is uncalled for? You are no gentleman. You attack everyone. You are really arrogant – haughty and proud.
        So what type of man are you? Respond to the issue but do not hurl insults at people. Try commenting amicably to your fellow D/cans. Give your opinions but do not insult. Say something nice for a change.
        Common Telemaque! You have been doing this for too long. Time for a change of your heart, mind and words.
        Do you want to be a saint someday when you die? Do you want to age gracefully and healthily? Be kind!
        St. Vincent de Paul said: “Be kind! Be kind and you will be a saint! This also includes in words. Research – Google St. Vincent de Paul to know more about him.

  23. DUTTY SKRIT
    November 23, 2014

    Bishop Malzaire to whom should I report the priests, and yes I know some of them, who commit acts of buggery on many young men in the country? I want to report this matters because when I am through reporting them the ROMAN Catholic Church in Dominica will not have many priests left to preach Roman Catholicism… At least La Fleur not bulling like the others in your flock Bishop malzaire…All you using La Fleur as a scapegoat…

    Now is La Fleur did molest that girl, then he is wrong… and should be reprimanded but we all know the Roman Catholic Church in Dominica full of b** man :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • The Facts
      November 23, 2014

      Why do you not go ahead? Who and what is preventing you and your vindictiveness? :twisted: :mrgreen: One thing, no matter what befalls the Catholic Church, it will not fall. God has ensured that.
      God knows there are sinners not only in the Catholic Church but in all other churches, in Dominica for that matter. He knows what is occurring behind closed doors. Your sins are hidden from the public domain but not from the eyes of God. Therefore, while you are at it, expose those of the other churches.
      The manner you are carrying on, on this Website, it is as if you never sinned and are not sinning. God knows your heart. You will get your fair share of judgment and recompense soon enough when you least expect it.
      People as you, when you die, your mouth will remain wide open and your hands and feet will be up in the air. You will get exactly what you deserve. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

    • philme
      November 24, 2014

      Yes that’s Right

  24. Lucky
    November 23, 2014

    I am a devoted catholic, When are we getting a new bishop. Send that man back to St. Lucia please.

    Is that the way people handle cases. One woman made an allegation against a priest and was sent for counselling on our money. No reports made and next thing we heard the man is defrocked.

    One thing is sure Father Reggie’s qualification cannot be compared. Wicked people. I think I will leave that church enough is enough

    • lightbulb
      November 23, 2014

      You dont really think they would defrock him over a simple allegation like this?

      2 years administrative leave, the representatives from outside the country were represent.

      We have to be careful people, look at Bill Cosby, look at R Kelly, it always starts with one.. then..

      Let sleeping dogs lay

    • The Facts
      November 23, 2014

      You will be turning your back on Our Lord Jesus Christ who founded His Church. By the way, as a member of the laity have you ever prayed for The Catholic Church in general? Have you ever prayed for the Pope, the Bishops and Priests? What have you really done for the Church? Are you aware that you are obligated to do so including praying for Dominica and nationals? God expects it of you. If you fail to do this, God will hold you accountable.

    • !
      November 24, 2014

      See..thats the problem with you people. WE are all the Church. You seem taken up with the denomination (roman catholic, anglican, pentecostal methodist 7days etc…) or maybe its the building and group of church goers who u believe is the church; but not the message. All are reading the same bible. A lot of us here are lost sheep in a maze of religion. Religion aside, as a man of principle, you know right from wrong.

  25. Dr. Sam
    November 23, 2014

    All people of conscience feel for the victim. We rejoice that she has gotten treatment. Now she has gotten her satisfaction.

    Monseignor LaFleur is a highly trained and wise minister of the Gospel. I attended Corpus Christi mass which he celebrated in Grandbay last year. After the homily, he walked down the aisles and took questions from the congregation.

    Of course, I asked a question. Did communion wine have to be alcoholic? Fr. LaFleur’s answer was the wisest and most profound that I’ve ever heard from any man of the cloth. To this day, I have never seen any preacher anywhere take questions from the flock after the sermon.

    Fr. LaFleur is a friend of mine. He officiated my parents’ 50 anniversary renewal of vows in Maryland some years ago. He is clearly a victim of circumstance as the Catholic church has to atone for many past sins. He just happens to be the sacrificial lamb this time around. I have no doubt that he has much to continue offering humanity.

    Reggie, you are greatly loved! May you find great joy in your future endeavours.

  26. Malpardee
    November 23, 2014

    With all the stuff going on in catholic church with little boys in the world, they never put priest out, but is father reggie they have force on. What goes around comes around. No wonder why everyone running from catholic church. Father reggie is a very good priest and he will remain that way. I sense a personal thing with that bishop there, and that difficult decision, u claim , it appears so easy. Jesus forgives so all u decide to mess up father reggie. Well jesus is still on his side. I pray to god u all are genuine cause d wrath of god is no joke.

  27. hmmm
    November 23, 2014

    I believe in your innocence Fr. Reggie. I will continue to pray for you.

  28. becky ianni
    November 23, 2014

    My heart goes out to the victim.The Bishop talks about the pain he and the church feel. He should be more concerned about the pain the victim has endured and continues to endure.As a victim of clergy abuse I know how much courage it takes to come forward. I hope her courage inspires other possible victims of LaFleur to come forward so that can begin to heal. suffering in silence and feeling alone is a horrible thing.
    bIanni
    Snapvirginia@cox.net

    • Hmmmm
      November 24, 2014

      There are no other victims!

      • Becky Ianni
        November 25, 2014

        It makes it very hard for victims to come forward when they see negative comments. We should be encouraging victims of abuse to come forward instead of indicating that they are not telling the truth.
        Statistics have shown us over and over that false allegations are rare. We need to speak out so that children will be safe.

  29. marriage for priest
    November 23, 2014

    i rises up in salisbury as a boy of 12 i wanted to become an acolight but the priest his name was father thise dont have the correct spelling anyway that priest was having an affair with one woman that woman was like a secretary. her father was the caretaker, the year 1973, i lost all intrest in the church from then on till today.he was a white priest from belgium or Holland,my point is that them man should be married but because all man should maintain his wife, the church cannot have that, the church think of its money intrest first and only money.

    • The Facts
      November 23, 2014

      You do not know what you have stated. I could explain this bit about marriage but it will take too long. My views are that of a faithful and learned Catholic. I will not expend any time replying to your comments. If you want an answer to that, write Pope Francis in Rome.
      However, the advice I have for you, you are obligated to practice the faith. Keep in mind you will die one day. God will not ask you about any priest and their lifestyle or anyone else for that matter. He will ask you about you, how you lived and what have you done with the allotted time He gave you. You will do well to consider this and change your lifestyle for your mortal and spiritual benefit, the latter, an everlasting one.

  30. Francisco Telemaque
    November 23, 2014

    “O common now, authorities of the Roman Catholic Church, you have overacted here–it is just too bad that this priest will pay for it.”(Elizabeth Xavier).

    Well, satan mama, I know you ordered me not to respond to anything you submit on DNO: I complied for a while, but with this one I cannot resist. I do not believe the authorities overreacted, but I believe that is a hypocritical action they took.

    If in fact he fondled a twelve year old, in America, if his behavior was reported to the police he would have to prison for a very long time, and when he is released from jail, he would have to register with the state as a sex offender.

    The problem I have with the hypocrites in the so called Roman Catholic Church is that more than 90% of those parading as priest are homosexuals, now how can they tolerate homosexuality, and went as far as condoning it, and fired someone for having feelings for women, perversion in any language means the same thing!

    Let me tell you this, there are homosexual priest in Rome who have homosexual parties, and they does not hide what the are doing: they damage each other rectum, all night and then go next morning talking about God to people! Sin is sin, I agree, there is no such thing as a small sin and a large sin, but when you call yourself holey, at least you should try to live by the word of God.

    Homosexuality, murder, thievery, adultery, Idolater, and the lying tongue of some many people. Nevertheless, according to the Bible the sin of Homosexuality seems to be the one God hates the most, and because of hate for homosexuality, and lesbianism, he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.

    We have here a man who all Roman Catholic refer to as ” the holey father” if he is that means he is god! Let us not forget that the Bible teaches that only God is holy, and this father thing, I refuse to comment on. But what is happening here is expected from false worship, and false religion.

    If one assaults a little boy, or in this case a girl, it is one of the same thing. Sex should be in every case consensual, between adults, I doubt a twelve year old knows what is consensual sex. So this guy if indeed he touched her the penalty is fair, and we know there is one less homosexual posing as priest in our county; however, the homosexuals in Rome and elsewhere should also be fired too, but I suppose that little god pope cannot fire all of them because he is the king of the homosexual oui!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • The Facts
      November 23, 2014

      I suggest that you take care of your soul and become holy that you might obtain eternal life. How well are you doing in this respect?

    • wesley
      November 24, 2014

      dapwey you sacway mal twavay…lazy unproductive full just sittling on dno morning noon and night. get a life.

      • deal
        November 24, 2014

        Well said 100% well. Brags like a fool

  31. Boo
    November 23, 2014

    but he never made a statement on thr burning of Emmanuel and his wife’s home though . It”s almost four yrs now.

  32. The wise
    November 23, 2014

    “Malzaire had sent the accuser to Trinidad & Tobago for counseling as a local church panel investigated her allegations.”
    Someone has accused your priest of sexual asault. You, as a leader, embraced the accuser to such an extent that you are sending her to another country for counseling…………………..preposterous!
    The Bishop needs to be investigated.

  33. The Eastern Man
    November 23, 2014

    Fr. La Fleur did not get sufficient support from his local superior, The Bishop. Nothing more needs to be said.

  34. Jaime Lewis
    November 23, 2014

    An unfortunate situation. We pray for both Fr. LaFleur and the girl. May they find peace in the truth.

  35. rescue 911
    November 23, 2014

    Now you can get a woman and her married.you’ll see what you’ve missed

    • The Facts
      November 23, 2014

      You are not aware of that. Learn something. One of the messages of the Mother of God to a visionary which is always a message for everyone in the world, as God created all and all must face him for their judgment is, “Many souls go to Hell for sins of the flesh.”
      As the late US Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen said on one of his programs which are re-broadcasted on Eternal Word Television Network – EWTN, TV and Radio, when you stand before God He will say to you, “I will give you what you loved best on earth.” Obviously, if it is not God, Hell will be your lot. This is mortal and spiritual food for thought.

      • rescue 911
        November 25, 2014

        Lol.I don’t understand one thing you say……..and I’m not saying he did or did not.I’m saying now he’s free to have a wife.the men has feelings to

  36. denrecnoc
    November 23, 2014

    Please everyone, lets put this in its proper context. This is about a VICTIM who was only a 12 YEAR OLD CHILD, and the perpetrator who was an ADULT PRIEST. A 12 year old CHILD for God’s sake. What was he thinking! This behavior should neber be condoned any any circumstances.

    Let us all ponder this question for a minute. Women, how would you feel if at the tender age of 12 you, your daughter, or your sister was subjected to that behavior from any man, let alone a priest whom we are taught to respect and hold in high esteem? Gentlemen, I pose the same question to you.
    In Dominica, we are much too tolerant of the behavior that sexual predators and perverts perpetrate on our young girls and boys. Most of us have heard or read about the alarming statistics released by our Welfare Division, regarding sexual abuse of children in Dominica This type of behavior has got to stop! The public must stop minimizing the damage, both the mental and physical that sexual abuse has on our children. We are damaging the psyche of the future generation.
    Remember, we do not have all the facts. The evidence was reviewed by an impartial committee, and at this stage, we should all accept the results and pray that the VICTIM can now experience closure to this unfortunate situation.

    • Kaos
      November 23, 2014

      If that was indeed the type of person he is there would have been far more people coming forward and he wouldn’t have stopped at a tap on the bottom and a sweet eyes. That was 19 years ago and there are no more allegations. Stop, think and analyze the situation before you speak.
      The time frame and behaviour pattern does match.
      In that time frame if that was truly the person he was then there would be other victims of severe abuse.

      • Papa Dom
        November 23, 2014

        Would you consider that it may have been just one moment of madness? In which case it doesn’t mean that the charge is untrue.

      • Judy Jones
        November 23, 2014

        How do you know that there are no other victims of this priest.? And as we are seeing by most of these comments.. it is no wonder that victims would not want to come forward and speak up.
        This is the huge problem .. The victims feel they will not believed.. Also, you will notice in the Bishop’s remarks that there is no mention about the pain of the victim, and there is not mention of him reaching out to others who may still be suffering in silence and shame.

        To anyone who may have been harm by LaFleur, or anyone… please know that it was NOT your fault, please know that there are thousands of victims of clergy sex abuse understand and support you.
        tks, Judy Jones

      • Listener
        November 25, 2014

        OH Boy you speak of what you do not know and have no way of proving what you have written is factual. What you have read from the media is a fabrication of the truth and I challenge the Bishop to refute that. The evidence was co-corroborated for it would have be extremely difficult to convict the accused with the complaint of only one victim.

    • GodistheonlyJudge
      November 23, 2014

      Denrecnoc: You admit we do not have the facts but the contents of your comments have condemned Fr Lafleur. You have implied he is guilty. Did he admit to anything? Did he? smh.

      • Judy Jones
        November 23, 2014

        It is extremely rare that a child predator is going to admit to sexually abusing a child. Then he would lose his privileges and he just might land in jail.
        Child predator’s goals are to find their next prey… so they can abuse again.

    • CONCERNED
      November 23, 2014

      DENRECNOC
      So you mean you were there 20 years ago when that happened and you did not advise or help the 12 year old child to report this! Actually the only reason you post as you have posted, suggest you were there and can verify and clarify everything.

    • Victim
      November 23, 2014

      I am a victim of sexual abuse, and it takes a lot out of a child to report an abuse. I could not speak about my situation becaus I was so ashamed. She developed the courage to speak out now. If he did it, there are more victims who do not want to say anything. Most likely because of how the community would look at them. Pedophiles come in many faces, and ranks. Those who are doing this injustice to children I hope they’re reading this, because they will one day be exposed.

    • Forever Amber
      November 23, 2014

      You have just classified Fr. Lafleur as a sexual predator. REALLY?

  37. Me
    November 23, 2014

    Come on people, for God’s sake! He was found guilty of the alleged misconduct by his own church and did not enter a defence. What more do you want? I f you like, or even love the man that is fine but don’t let that cloud your judgement.

    • GodistheonlyJudge
      November 23, 2014

      Where was he found guilty? Show me. smh

  38. GodistheonlyJudge
    November 23, 2014

    The problem at this point in time in Dominica, lies not with Fr Lafleur nor the Government. The problem lies within every single one of us and our tendency to be too damn presumptuous. From the moment this situation was broadcasted, this was handled incorrectly. Fr Lafleur was tried and found guilty before all the facts of the case was presented. Was he ever treated fairly, with dignity, and respect? The Catholic church should for once in its life, practice what it preaches. Do not condemn before all the facts are presented. What were the contents presented to him? Is it that he felt perhaps – what was the point of responding if the bishop had already condemned him publicly? Look at our society – so small, so petty, so small minded. Our society loves to bring a man down – this is the Dominican legacy – their birthright – always a slave. Mentally locked. Perpetually anguished. Faces distorted as they condemn – yet still just attend a day of worship to be seen – just to dress up. But the souls remain empty shallow shells. Wallowing in condemnation but no one – absolutely no one wants to take a good hard look at their selves. A few quick prayers may not be enough – not if our hearts insist on remaining so shallow.

    People. People. People. Let Fr Lafleur be. Do you hear? There is an excellence reason when silence speaks. It chants. It strides. Silence will reach its destination. Let Fr Lafleur be.

    • The Facts
      November 24, 2014

      criminals, before “arrested and charged.”

  39. concern citizen
    November 23, 2014

    I honestly feel the Bishop did not handle that case properly,when the woman came out with that accusation the Bishop came to the media before even talking to Father Lafleur about it, I agree with him that he did not went to defend himself because he the Bishop was judge and jury. I am not a Catholic but i feel for the priest. And I cannot understand why is now she came forward after all these years i have a problem with that. the same thing that happen with Bill Crosby. Father just stay focus and serve your God,

    • DECEMBER 9TH
      November 23, 2014

      it eats you inside. sometimes that’s the only way to get closure.

      psychological damage.

  40. Mahaut talk roro
    November 23, 2014

    Ok brother now u can get real sex…forget about them get married now … Sex nice. So now is the time for you to enjoy it .. You now free from that nasty church mess

  41. The Choir
    November 23, 2014

    Father look at this an opportunity to go and form your own church.

    The Catholics who left need some where to praise their maker.

    • Lucky
      November 23, 2014

      Cant wAIT. Catholic church going downnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

    • The Facts
      November 24, 2014

      You are not aware that Catholics who left this Church to join other churches have sinned against Our Lord Jesus Christ who established His Church. One day they will see their error. As always, much more could be stated about that.
      I only hope it will not be too late for them to repent. Otherwise, woe to them for all eternity.
      Those who preach against the Catholic Church and influenced them will meet the same eternal fate. Some have predeceased us and no doubt have met their eternal fate.
      Keep in mind, Our Lord said, “Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” There is more in the Holy Bible of the New Testament.

    • Hmmmm
      November 24, 2014

      Even if the church did not support Fr. Reggie, he is a true Catholic and will not change his belief because administrators of the church did not have the guts to do the right thing, because they were so afraid of their own shadow. No, Fr. Reggie will not form any church. He is a true Catholic who believes in the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

  42. trut
    November 23, 2014

    19 yrs ago the man was still young in the faith come on

  43. Shirley Jarvis
    November 23, 2014

    I have a problem with women who come forward with allegations decades after an incident occurred. Were these allegations substantiated? What is the woman doing now? Is her identity concealed? Father LaFleur can ask God for forgiveness and move on with his
    life. This too shall pass!

    • Shaka zulu
      November 23, 2014

      You are OK with your 12 year old daughter getting sexually abused? Despicable….

    • GodistheonlyJudge
      November 23, 2014

      Shirley Jarvis: What is Fr Lafleur supposed to ask forgiveness of? Has any article stated that he admitted to anything?

  44. Massacre
    November 23, 2014

    I think the Catholic Church has done a mis-justice in this case. They did not take everything into consideration her. This bigger than Father LeFleur and We should all really around him in this time of sadness.
    You will always be my Priest.

  45. the truth
    November 23, 2014

    Skerritt was handed the Cross of “Prince Charles”. A cardinal of the Right Grand Cross of Merit of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George (of the Catholic Church?) and other members of the Freemason, Lodge, illuminati did the dishonours at a ceremony on the same Wednesday Skerritt disclosed the Election date.

    Did the Bishop ever inform the Lodge Order about the factual corrupt practices taking place on island? Mano and his wife are Christians who were firebombed. an attempted murder of fellow innocent Christians. We patriotic Dominicans know why.

    The secret sale of passports, diplomatic and otherwise. Quick enrichment not compatible with salaries, Bobols, take over/heavy influence of institutions, e.g., blocking electoral reforms that would ensure FREE and FAIR elections, and so on, and so on.

    Who invited that Order of Saint George? The Catholic Church or Gov’t?

    In light of all the evil ways, bad governance, corruption, quick amassing of wealth by dubious means, in public Office by authorities, election in 2014 without Voter ID Cards and a complete cleaning of the Voters’ list, and many , many more illegal practices,, the illuminati, in our face, sashing, applauding the infallible christian. Skerritt

    Place Fr. Lafleur and Skerritt side by side, research, seek the truth, nothing but the truth and objectively evaluate each one’s behaviour in all aspect of their lives. You would get goose bumps to know the real truth. But one is punished, demonized ,defrocked, condemned, the other is hailed as a disciple of the Order (Freemason?), an illuminatus, the christian to emulate according to illuminati teachings.

    Time will tell. The Dominican people are not asleep. Let justice rein for all.

  46. rosareo
    November 23, 2014

    Bishop, for your execuriating pain not to worsen, you most followup reports you have received about other priests before more go down the drain. They are men and have homones. They may not always reveal the truth to you.

  47. Hate liars
    November 23, 2014

    How stupid and unwise! why should father reggie be prosecuted for something that happened 19 years ago im sure that he repented and God has forgiven him, how unjust can some of us be…. Go in peace father reggie and may God be with you.

  48. Prot
    November 23, 2014

    At least he is a straight priest.

  49. truth.the
    November 23, 2014

    Quote from Pope Francis, ” for the worldto believe that Jesus is Lord, it needs to see communion ( unity) among christians. Unity always prevails over conflicts because our brothers and sisters are always of greater value than our personal attitudes. On the other hand if the world sees divisions, rivalries and backbiting, regardless of the cause, how can we Evangelize?” Let us think this over personally.

  50. SMH
    November 23, 2014

    The truth will reveal

  51. your brother
    November 23, 2014

    clearly these men are humans and their sexuality are active , this situation only cause one to examine the catholic church from a more objective position it must be noted that the catholic church started some 400 years A C.
    The church have so much hidden about it should a simple case such as imposed on father Reggie be degrading, be worse that all the hidden agenda.

    • Eyeballs
      November 23, 2014

      Maybe if he was having homosexual acts with little boys, he would be luckier; he would still be practicing as a priest.

  52. father & pas skerrit
    November 23, 2014

    I guess Msgr Reginald LaFleur will be replaced by the most holy and reverend pastor Roosvelt Skerrit, since the DCC and DAEC have found no fault in him.

    • Bomboclat
      November 23, 2014

      That’s why I say you guys are jealous of Skerrit. This post has nothing to do with skerrit, nowhere in this news article his name is mentioned. You guys just can’t go a day without calling his name. Wow! Says a lot!

      • Irma Francois
        November 23, 2014

        agree ignorance is like deodorant those who need it most use it less what ingod’s name has skerrit got to do with that

  53. deal
    November 23, 2014

    God is a good and forgiving God we should not say too much because we don’t know the truth. she say he say. We take the Lord for granting but remember he is in control. Father thy will be done, do your will in this matter.

  54. HYPOCRITE
    November 23, 2014

    if it was a little boy he had play up with everything would have been all good but bcuz is a woman…..

  55. November 23, 2014

    “Almost two years 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–News Article

    I struggle with that silly complaint above as a reason to defrock a priest; this sounds more like the decision of small children as far as I am concerned.

    In the first place that lady was 12 years old at the time, she should have been under the supervision of some adult–especially her parents, so why did she not complain to them at the time of that so called assault; why wait till she is 19 years to do so.? Sweet eyes! O common now, authorities of the Roman Catholic Church, you have overacted here–it is just too bad that this priest will pay for it.

    I know a priest at home–I will not mention his name–there was a time he kissed me on the lips in front of fellow congregation; he said to them that he had given me a holy kiss–I know that neither the others and most of all not me, believed what he said–I would have been my late teens at that time, but this behavior had no effect on me. And even if it did, I would not wait for 7 years to complain about it; I would have gotten over by then –that priest would have to know his place right away! One way or the other.

    “I always refer to the text of St. Paul in 1st Corinthians when he says when one part of the body is hurt, the whole body is hurt” news Article

    Mr Bishop you need to be careful in speaking the Bible, for your spiritual strength comes from its message–if at all you have any of that strength. 1st Corinthians is the whole Book, it speaks by its chapters, which are 1 to 16. I believe that you are speaking about 1st. Corinthians 1: 12–that is where Paul refers to the body as He teaches the gifts of Holy Spirit in us, the Church, When it comes to the Bible it is imperative that your congregation know the “Truth” Jesus has cautioned us saying–It is the Spirit who gives Life; the flesh profits nothing! The words which I speak are Spirit and they are Life. John 6:63

    The words of Jesus Christ are written in the Bible; as the Shepherd, we need to be careful in presenting that Word (message) to the people–if at all we, ourselves, know it. Perhaps if the Roman Catholic Church was grounded in the Word of Life–the message of Life through Jesus Christ, there would be a lot less of the fleshly mentality and sinful chaos among the people–both the leaders and the congregation.

    The apostle Paul also teachers: “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is Life and peace” Romans 8: 5-6

    • CONCERNED
      November 23, 2014

      Actually , lizavier4jesus, she did not wait till she was 19. She waited 19 years later.
      Amazing. Even if proven this does not warrant defrocking a priest.

      • November 23, 2014

        @CONCERNED November 23, 2014

        Thank you for observing my mistake and correcting it for me. I realized it after I posted my response. Too bad that DNO’s feature does not allow us to edit after posting; that is usually the time I notice all my mistake–I did not feel like writing a correction to that one

  56. religion my backside
    November 23, 2014

    i believe in God but not in religeion

    • The Facts
      November 24, 2014

      One does not go without the other. In order to enter Heaven, to be saved, you must practice the faith, the religion. You must attend church especially on the day of obligation. Too many as you are living in ignorance of the truth.
      You cannot save your soul on your own merit. Therefore, do not be ignorant. Pray to God for enlightenment and graces.

  57. religion my backside
    November 23, 2014

    it is not natural for a man that is not homosexual to live a life time with no sex,the catholic church and their are dissevers living a false life and they all will burn in the deepest fire of hell if there is such a place.

    • November 23, 2014

      Since you claimed not to believe in religion but you believe in God–I am the same as you, that is if you are sincere–I know for sure that I am.

      However, your idea that it is not natural for a man who is “not homosexual” to live a life with no sex, why did you use the term “not homosexual” you are not saying that a homosexual does not have sex are you?

      And since you believe in God, you should also believe in His Word, the message of Life in the Holy Bible. And that message at the Book of Revelation, written by the apostle John, it tells us that God has chosen 144, 000 men to rule with Jesus in Eternity, those men will be virgins, as the message says about them: “These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins” Revelation 14: 4

      Celibacy is a stature of Life by which both men and women live without sexual conducts–Celibacy is a gift from Holy Spirit. Jesus told His disciples that if the could live a celibate Life–meaning without a wife– they should go ahead and live it–that is to say that God, Himself think highly about the person who is living a Life without sexual conducts, and this practice is very natural–do not be fooled.

    • The Facts
      November 24, 2014

      If only you knew better. Your comment is futile and serves no useful purpose. You will burn in the deepest fire of hell for making such a comment which is imbedded in your heart, mind and soul. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  58. WELL
    November 23, 2014

    I will try my best to be objective and look at both sides of the story. Any kind of abuse is wrong and we all know that we were raised in a society of ‘cover up’ and ‘don’t tell’. I would assume that this young woman felt she had no one to go to at the time of the alleged incident which explains why it took so long before reporting it. I read that she wrote numerous letters about the alleged incident. It stated inappropriate touching and my humble OPINION is that although an uninvited touch can be a source of discontent, how much damage, emotional and psychological, can a touch cause that you made it a mission to get the alleged perpetrator punished? It is not to put weight on the kind of abuse but we have to be realistic.

    On the flip side, this is a man. A verile male. And thus comes into play the part in the bible where a man should leave his mother and cling to his wife. God made it so that a man should live with a woman and when we adjust laws to suit our own beliefs, we create monsters. If the church would allow those who want to marry to do so, it would prevent many young boys and girls from being hurt. I think celibacy should be a choice. The church has decided that in order to serve God in that capacity you must be celibate. According to the alleged victim, this happened several years ago. Is the man beyond forgiveness? What about those who continue to predate? It is not a case of being a hunter or predator or repeat offender. I can firmly say, if it was my child, there would be no bleach to wash him clean. I just think at this stage in both their lives, an apology would suffice. Defrocking Fr. LaFleur is going to accomplish nothing. It will not erase what has been done. I am guessing that the alleged victim feels she will attain some form of relief by not seeing him in an official capacity. That will not erase the memories.

    What this whole thing has succeeded in doing, is to dig up old wounds, open up a can of worms and now permanently destroy two lives. I think everyone is open to forgiveness and change. I am so disappointed by the actions and stance of Bishop Malzaire Now you want to downplay and downgrade the issue and say how sorry you are about the outcome. Well, when the issue was brought up to you, what actions did you take? Oh yes, you sent the young woman for counseling in Trinidad. You also forwarded the case to the highest authorities so they could do the dirty deed for you. It now looks like they decided and not you. Well Bishop, when you decided not to handle the issue yourself and to forward it to your bosses, you sealed his fate. You knew, you knew, you knew what they would do to him.

    In conclusion, I would just like to say good luck to Fr. Reggie on his future endeavours. You are an educated man. You are human and you have faltered but the ultimate healer will forgive you. We are all lucky that our future is in the hand of a forgiving God and not a judgemental man. To the young woman, I hope you achieved the desired result and your pain will now disappear. I also hope that the catholic church will continue to support you emotionally and spiritually.

  59. Kalinago in Roseau
    November 23, 2014

    Reggie you are still my friend, i love you, i trust you as a friend, ii know the work you were doing would have caused some pain to the evil ones, continue to work hard for Satan is always at work, and is certainly not happy for the way you triumph over him. my prayers are with you.

  60. The Facts
    November 23, 2014

    Father Lafleur, sorry at what occurred to you. My heart goes out to you. I do not judge you. For one, I have no idea if this story and accusation is true.
    You are still a Catholic, a Priest for life. God will not rescind your baptism and priestly consecration. You could be a helpful person in the world, what with your education and degree. Therefore, please make the most of your life in God.
    God bless you and continue to give you health and strength. You should know, no matter what, God has a plan for your life as He has for each and everyone of us. Keep the faith. I wish you well. Faith, hope and trust in the Lord. God’s love and peace be to you!

  61. Kalinago in Roseau
    November 23, 2014

    The illuminates grand master can comes from the Vatican, nothing wrong with that but a man touching a woman cost him and his vocation soo much pain humiliation and discomfort.
    i am Catholic but not any more as of now.

  62. Truth and Justice
    November 23, 2014

    Dominicans stop the ignorance. this is about child molestation by people in positions of authority. Teachers ,ministers of government, the church, fathers other relatives, it is time that Dominican society stop looking the other way and defend our children and protect them from child predators. Time parents realise that they have to protect their children and stop worshipping priest and pastor , time the PM stop sending our tax money on churches who abuse our young for life. Well done but this is the tip of the iceberg, time Dominica come out of the darkness into light and women and children are protected. The men who say women are made to give comfort to men yes, but when they are adult and can give consent. Child abuse is abuse. so if you are as guilty as the priest, rather than look for a scapegoat in homosexuals, stop your abusive behaviour towards young women or any women. Time to start respecting others be they young or old boys or girls. No body with a reputation for abusing women or children, be it sexual harassment or physical violence should be in position of power, not teacher, police, civil servant, minister of government PM.

    • GodistheonlyJudge
      November 23, 2014

      Truth and Justice? Is this what you stand for? Really? Did you have all the facts? If I want to defend Fr Lafleur – you dare to tell me stop the ignorance? Truth and Justice? Please verify the meaning of the words before use. You hear me?

      • The Facts
        November 24, 2014

        I wholeheartedly endorse what you stated. The issue here is Fr. Lafleur and not abused children.
        I do not believe that woman who brought the complaint against Fr. Lafleur and after all those years. Something is radically wrong with that woman. She needs to have her head examined. After she lived her life with other men, she choose Fr. Lafleur as her scapegoat. The devil made her do it. God will take care of her in time. My instinct is such that I am not always wrong.

    • Anonymous
      November 23, 2014

      J and T your mouth big papa, if you were chosen to write an article on this said topic your article would not be published…You make no sense but just to make people think you are schooled….stay in your lane…

  63. Realistic
    November 22, 2014

    The word ‘alleged’ still being used in this incident regardless of the outcome makes me wonder.. Did he really do it? If it is a proven fact why use the word ‘allege’. This only means to me that the outcome is not fully proven.. This just doesn’t sit right with me. Ever since this story surfaced , i have never believed it .. It is just not believable, a person who takes this long (i mean 19 years ,seriously!! )to reveal something like that either is lying or plain and simple want something. But that is life for you .. we all fall some way some how be it as a result of our own doing or as a result of others mischief.. However God is a just and forgiving God , he sees it all and he knows it all.. If this so called ” allegation is true , Fr. La Fleur has already been forgiven (i doubt he is guilty, just saying) but Alas for this young lady… I hope she has not lied. Because destroying a persons life and hard work is not worth it to make one’s self feel better. Fr La Fleur, you are in my prayers !!

    • The Facts
      November 24, 2014

      I would not call her a lady. She does not deserve this honor. Anyone who could scandalize another’s name and a priest at that, does not deserve to be called a lady. Those who know her know her reputation. Lady is reserved for women of honor and of good repute.

  64. Lori Kovac
    November 22, 2014

    I am truly shocked by those people who seem to be saying it’s ok for a girl that age to be molested and question why she took so long to speak up. Obviously they do not understand the dynamics of sexual molestation against children. I recall hearing a lot of stories about Dominican men in general, not just the priests.

    Secondly, the priest, if he is indeed guilty, ought to be in Jail. However, if the church finds it necessary to dismiss him, it is unbearably cruel to cut off a 60-year-old man with no source of support. They should provide some small pension.

    • The Facts
      November 24, 2014

      Not one person on this Website stated that it is OK for a girl that age to be molested. Either that or I did not read their comment. It is my feeling that an injustice has been committed against Fr. Lafleur. God will take care of all the perpetrators, ignorant and other.

  65. Anonymous
    November 22, 2014

    Dr Reggie La Fleur, lead your own church, ‘the Charismatic’ I will be one of your followers.

  66. mindbuggling
    November 22, 2014

    I won’t be surprised if that woman is tall and very fat and at 12, she looked like 19. If she is talking the truth, I see nothing in that to haunt her. All she has to do is tell her parents. I suspect that, in her asult life, that woman has turned against men and is now in that lgbt group.

  67. Anonymous
    November 22, 2014

    A lot of people looking for a place to worship, they fed up with politics in the churches. Fr Reg please open your own church. U will have enough follower

  68. Anonymous
    November 22, 2014

    praying for you father you will be alright never stop praying.

  69. me
    November 22, 2014

    Hope you do something about that priest that was preaching politics from his red bible.

  70. November 22, 2014

    Hello and good evening my people. Well I read about this a week ago on Russia Today and I was wondering why it’s not in the press in Dominica. I am not a follower of any Religion but how can one prove this allegation where this allegedly occurred nineteen years ago and there isn’t any witness. The Catholic Church is under a lot of pressure because so many allegation of Sodomy and Sexual Abuse have been proven. Many of those cases are costing the church millions of dollars in civil liabilities therefore they have to protect themselves against any further liabilities.

  71. hmmmmmmm 2
    November 22, 2014

    priest should be celibate by choice or by the Holy spirit not by religion let married men be priest to

  72. kiki
    November 22, 2014

    nothing she havent got to do man

  73. hmmmmmmm 2
    November 22, 2014

    Married men should be come priest and bishops that way the Blessings of Jesus Christ will be heavier and wipe out satanic distractions with even more ease

  74. November 22, 2014

    The Catholic Church is a very strange Religion and it is Like a Church within a Church. God sanction Priest to be married. In the old Testament God set aside the Tribe of Levi for the Priesthood and they were allowed to be married I believe that this practice of not allowing priest to be married is not of God but of man and is a Pagan practice . Now the matter with Father LaFleur is settle , there is another notorious Priest who abuses the Pulpit and is preaching an entirely different Gospel. He cast doubts as to whether he gets his guidiance from the Holy Spirit or not. In most churches and even the Seventh Day Adventis the only offence that they have zero tolerance for is a sexual one but lying, cheating, gossiping, casting stones at people while preaching, and using the Gospel as a cloak of Malice is the Order of the day. in these Last Days the church in general is in a very sorry state.

    • The Facts
      November 25, 2014

      What do you really know and about the New Testament when Our Lord Jesus Christ came to earth and taught us according to his teachings. If you are only concerned about the Old Testament, if you are a Christian I suggest that you concern yourself with the New Testament.
      We Christians are New Testament people since the Birth and Teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I am not insinuating that we should ignore the Old Testament; by no means. However we must be knowledgeable of what Our Lord Jesus Christ told us for our mortal and spiritual benefit.
      This is what He stated about those who follow him. This pertains to the priesthood, the priests not marrying. Read carefully. If you do not comprehend it, pray to God for enlightenment and graces. Note the following, what Our Lord Jesus Christ stated:

      Matthew 19:11-12 – Marriage and Divorce – Not all can accept (this) word, but only those to whom that is granted. Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.
      Matthew 19:29 – The Rich Young Man – Everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of My Name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life.

      The Ten Commandments. The Law was given through Moses. Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ.

      • November 25, 2014

        it seems to me you who calls yourself the facts, have a problem with sex and marriage . sex was created by God and marriage was also instituted by him. if someone makes a personal choice not to marry or having sex then so be it. but to have a church which imposes this unatural law on priest is against God and nature some of them after taking the vows they go around fornicating and buggering young boys.

  75. Eyeballs
    November 22, 2014

    It’s amazing how Dominicans can be so quick to come online and condemn their very own when they know there are worst things happening behind closed doors in their bedrooms. ALL THOSE WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE. Ft LaFleur may be defrocked or whatever from the church but they will not take away the special gift he has received. He just needs to cast his burdens on to the Lord and things will be alright. Maybe it is time for him to move on with his life. He never said he was the Messiah….he is human just like you and I. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. The word ‘Forgiveness’ has no meaning these days. “I will get you back” is the new theme

    • November 29, 2014

      My own understanding is this.

      Everything we believe and practice must line up with the New Testament to be valid. There is not one verse of scripture that says a church leader cannot be married. Both the words of Christ and the writings of Paul indicate that God does call some individuals to the single life so they can devote themselves more completely to His work. With this comes the grace to live in moral purity. This is the true gift of celibacy! However, it is a personal matter between the individual and the Lord. It was never mandatory for a minister to remain single in the early church. Paul taught that marriage is also a gift from God. Forced celibacy is not only contrary to nature . It is against the Word of God. It is strictly a human invention and has never worked well. The New Testament shows that Peter and some of the other other apostles were married. In fact Paul wrote that a bishop (pastor or church elder) must be the husband of one wife. This does not mean the man must be married. The emphasis is on the word “one”. Assuming that he would be married Paul is saying that he must have only one wife. He must not be a polygamist.

      However as the years rolled by the mainstream church departed more and more from the pure teachings and practices of the New Testament in the first century. The smaller congregations had come to look to the pastors of the larger congregations (who were by then called “bishops”) for guidance.
      The bishop of Rome gained prominence since Rome was the capital of the Roman Empire. In 607 A.D. Boniface 3 accepted the title “Universal Bishop” which had been offered to the then bishop of Rome Gregory 1 in 604 A.D. by the wicked emperor Phocas but was refused. So for all practical purposes Bonifice 3 became the first actual pope in 607 A.D. The congregations that accepted this power structure became the Roman Church or the Roman Catholic (Universal) Church.

      In 1079 that Hildebrand known as Pope Gregory 3 ruled that priests could not marry. It was hard to enforce. The the Council of Trent confirmed this in 1545 passing severe penalties on priests who transgressed their rule of forced celibacy. The reasons were more practical than spiritual. The church found it easier to financially support a single priest than a priestly family. It was also easier to move a single priest around than a man with a wife and children. Added to this is the fact that when a priest died the church wanted to receive his earthly possessions rather than have them left to his family.

      If only our Catholic friends had been Bible reading Bible believing people. The Word of God would have been a lamp for their feet and a light for their path. They would have avoided so much hurt and pain.
      But thank God there are congregations that seek to follow the simple teachings and practices of the New Testament. Theses are places with an open door and a light burning in the window where the good news is preached – the gospel – that men and women can be saved by grace through faith in Christ by simply trusting what HE did for us on the cross apart from our own “good works” or human efforts! We only need to BELIEVE and RECEIVE Christ as our personal Savior.

      Please read the following scriptures:

      I Corinthians 15:1-4, Romans 1:16, Ephesians 2:8,9, St. John 1:12, 1 John 5:11,12, Revelation 3:20.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  76. Hmmm
    November 22, 2014

    I would like to know on what real evidence they had to fire the priest . As far as i know there was no physical evidence etc, just her word . Did the priest admit to committing the act and they are not letting us know ?I truly find it hard that , that particular priest went after a 12 old child, only if she lied about her age and she allowed him to do that and 19 years later she did not get the attention she wanted from him and started getting jealous of him and other woman and decided to tell a story . Well i always blame the Catholic church for preventing these men from being married and enjoyed what god created for them. Well Priest you are free to be with what God created for you WOMAN , Good luck. I am not a believer in the catholic church , but i know this priest around for a while and i know how women are in the church especially when a new priest comes to the parish, I was once a child in the catholic church and i would find myself sitting at the front so the priest could see me , because i was just infatuated .

  77. Far, Far Away...
    November 22, 2014

    After all these years how distressing….I hope you can live with yourself… :?: Accuser went to TNT, she got a trip out of it on who’s $$, were these Letters even authentic? If so how were they proved to be real. To tarnish a mans name after more than 30 years.
    U should be happy a man would even look at you :-x ….19 years later…this wasen’t rape.
    U can go now and try this nonsense on Bill Cosby and try to make a name for yourself….. :-x SMH, don’t be a copycat from the Islands you will be a disgrace. :oops:

  78. carismatic
    November 22, 2014

    Well at least, he is not gay for sure :-D :-D

  79. John Paul
    November 22, 2014

    I am taking note that the Bishop said that it was painful for Him but did he express any sorrow for what the victim in this case has undergone?
    Mr. Malzaire while we are at it ,You collected the half a million Dollars on the eve of election from Skeritt then You turn around and invite Lennox Linton to sign a code of conduct/ What moral ground are You standing on?
    In order for the Catholic Church to receive Tax payers money we should know the assets of the Church.i would suggest You sell Your Palace to repair the Cathedral.If You want to keep Your Palace how about selling off some Church lands then?
    Remember Skeritt made a comment about acquiring the property of People in Your infirmary so that their care could be covered .This same Principle should apply to the Church ,We should not be giving it tax money when it has assets that can be liquidated.
    Finally 500 years of abuse of People under the authority of the Catholic Church and one Priest defrocked in the year of Our Lord 2014 what a record!
    When one does good He gets rewarded and when He does bad He is punished,The good does not cancel the Punishment and the bad does not cancel the reward they run on entirely different tracks

  80. islandkid
    November 22, 2014

    How are you allowed to marry people but your faith wont allow you to get married. this systems needs to change. the church must understand they are men and having sexual needs is natural. so how the hell all other men can enjoy some pussy and priest cant. am not saying if he did it, he is right, but if they were allow to enjoy females, we wont be hearing so much of this type of abuse.

  81. Far, Far Away...
    November 22, 2014

    Because the accused cleric had not answered to the invitation to participate in the process, and in an attempt to preserve the right of defense, another canonist from outside the Diocese was invited to lead a defense on behalf of the accused cleric.”…/.WHY DIDN”T U GET LEGAL COUNSEL AND DEFEND YOURSELF???

  82. CynFyah
    November 22, 2014

    LETTERS….really :roll: …How do we know these letters weren’t made up and fabricated? How authentic is any of this for there to be a committee to decide.
    Imagine a ‘priest’ with more than 30 years would even look at you when no-one else would. Go now and say Bill Cosby gave u ‘sweet eyes”…lawd a mercy :-|

  83. CynFyah
    November 22, 2014

    So women are coming out of the woodwork now…19years ago, and she didn’t tell ANYONE :-? , I hope her conscience is clear, a touch…seriously :oops: . To defrock a man after 19years of service, I disagree with removing him, this wasen’t rape :-x
    Something went wrong, was promised Gold and she got nothing and still has nothing …I hope it was worth it.

  84. John Duffin
    November 22, 2014

    This video explains a lot of what is going on.
    http://tinyurl.com/kpy7y5v

  85. Anonymous
    November 22, 2014

    Well, I think this video helps explain a little of this.
    http://tinyurl.com/kpy7y5v

  86. ma gw gwa
    November 22, 2014

    Good, now the bishop should be in like manner defrocked and made to return the half a millon dollars of Dominican’s hard working taxpayers money so that public work payers can be paid, the hospital can buy sutures, Roseau can be cleaned, the Marigot hospital can be fixed and public servants can receive at least a Christmas bonus since they were denied a salary increase.

  87. shaka zulu
    November 22, 2014

    Mr. Bishop oh how you and the church feel pain. What about the victims that are messed up for the rest of thier lives. You spend so much time reflecting on the pain of the church. You guys make me sick. While you are so hurting can you ask skeritt how he was able to come up with 500k to donate to you. The end result does not justify the means. I will have to send letter to vatican as to your political dealings and lack of due diligence. They seem to get it right.
    By the way is there a statute of limitation on such crimes in Dominica? If not then i hope lafleur is brought before the courts.
    Its disgusting when men of God behaves that way cause in thier capacity they are to be held at a higher standard.

  88. rasta for-i
    November 22, 2014

    Wat happen to forgiveness…. If the church can’t forgive who am I, one who only knows so little….u guys are the example and this is ur results….shame….given up on Christianity still know that jah is there….wat a shame. Wat a waste…. Sure there is more to it than that….

  89. Titiwi
    November 22, 2014

    Roosevelt Skerrit received the Military Constantinian order of St. George on 5 Nov. followed by a special Catholic service. One day later, On 6 Nov. the bishop tells Fr. Lasfleur that is defrocked. Coincidence? I don’t think so and believe the bishop kept that behind not to cause a stink. Even now, 16 days later is DNO that is breaking the news, not a release from the bishop palace. But now he is wringing his hand like Pontius Pilate and saying is he that is suffering. The bishop is a molokoy.

  90. DANZIGER
    November 22, 2014

    Fr Reggie, God is good I will continue to pray for you cuz you are a good man, no matter what they say about you hold on to yr faith. I remember when I had bad times you helped me, may God bless and keep you. If is a plan to get reed of you leave it to the almighty. We love you brother.

  91. catholic
    November 22, 2014

    alzaire did not empower you on the Day of your ordination. God did.No one c an take away your power o ff you. Malaire sees you as a threat. Remember Fr Lafleur was nominated for bishop? those other monsignors who were investigating Father Lafleur , one divorced a family. why didnt they defrock him. Time will tell.

  92. eye
    November 22, 2014

    People priest are humans like all of us and they do fall short of the glory.

  93. FORGIVE!!
    November 22, 2014

    Am I missing something? So where does FORGIVENESS comes in, for the Bishop in this alleged story??? ” Bishop Malzaire stated, “You are aware of the allegations that were brought against Msgr Reginald LaFleur almost two years ago. The Bishop should know better than anyone else, the benefit of FORGIVENESS, Malzaire stated that, “I would also say that it is one of the most excruciating pains that I have gone through in my life and it still remains so because, it is something that affects individuals. Forgiving Father Reggie, the Bishop would have forgiven his own self, and so his pain today would be less, He’ll now live with the pain of UNFORGIVNESS for the rest of his life, that is Bishop Malzaire.

    Matthew 18: 21-22 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? “Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” DOESNT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH PRACTICE & TEACH FORGIVENESS????Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. FATHER REGGIE, U WERE DEFROCKED IN THE EYES OF YOUR PEOPLE, BUT NOT IN THE EYES OF GOD. 7. John 8:7
    When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

  94. Disgusted
    November 22, 2014

    I am not going to judge the priest nor the young lady. I know father Lafleur was/is a good priest. But he is human too. it’s alleged he had affairs with women. I am saying this to say that the priest should be married. now Mr. Bishop what about the priests who are sexually molesting the young boys? that too is no secret investigate that or were you scared that father Reggie woud be your replacement and mind me ask I asking a question eh

  95. Anonymous
    November 22, 2014

    Sad life goes on father you can be forgiven

  96. Okay then
    November 22, 2014

    that girl too foolish

  97. tell
    November 22, 2014

    If this woman is telling the truth only God, the priest and woman who knows what happened, but if she is telling a lie I feel sorry for her as they said she accused other people before. We can put our two cents and three we don’t know what happened. God if he is innocent the truth must reveal one day.

  98. don't point finger
    November 22, 2014

    God gave man and gave him a very strong sexual drive to be taken care of on the marriage bed. The Catholic Church somehow feel they smarter than God our creator, and made it mandatory for priest/ bishop not get married. So when that piece of pipe gets hard and cannot be satisfied, those poor priests, most of them do their little thing in secret, both with men and women and priests bishop and all are guilty.

  99. rol
    November 22, 2014

    Wow! I guess she can now sue the church

  100. roseau
    November 22, 2014

    It is a sad day indeed. However everything happens for a reason, I think we should stop blaming the bishop saying it is as though the bishop dint like him etc. The bishop did the right thing and put him on leave until he was fond innocent or guilty. Had the bishop not done that we would have heard the out rages of all of you all saying the bishop is covering up. Now the bishop did the right thing we are quarrelling with the bishop. What will please us we do not know. Let us remember that we are all humans and we all make mistakes in our lives that sadly have consequences. Peace.

  101. Anonymous
    November 22, 2014

    Get married and settle down.

  102. E. Manon
    November 22, 2014

    So he was defrocked for attempted de-frocking. Frock it man, this is soooo confusing!! :twisted: :twisted:

  103. Malgraysa
    November 22, 2014

    What I don’t understand is why mr. Lafleur did not defend himself against these accusation, which may be interpreted as an admission of guilt. Anyway, why does the church have its own ecclesiastic justice system instead of using the courts of the land applicable to secular society? That sounds very much like unholy shariah to me. Would mr. Lafleur have recourse to the action taken by his employer in a civilian court? I’m just curious that’s all while at the same time my sympathy goes out to the victim of mr. Lafleur’s actions. We must not forget her.

  104. CATHOLIC
    November 22, 2014

    I have to give my piece. The allegations are strange and have been from the very beginning. Knowing the accuser there is much to be questioned. Hethlyn Whyke has accused many of doing quite a number of things and I hope she is happy now. He touched your breast at 12years, wow how many 12 year olds have breast to even touch and touched her bottom and made sweet eyes for her. I wonder about my church because homosexuality is hidden but someone accused of touching a 12year old 20 years ago is defrocked. Wow how interesting. God will continue to bless Fr Reggie because he has helped many and is a good man.

  105. Sick
    November 22, 2014

    It is time someone put a stop 2 that, those persons feel they can take advantage on other people, the Bishop of Dominica should give the Bishop of st.lu some advice of how 2 deflock some of those priest that uses they title 2 manipulate. …!!!! Have them confess 2 u Bishop of St.l

    • The Facts
      November 22, 2014

      Be fair. Consider this and do not be a hypocrite. Where do you fall into this category? Consider, how were you conceived?
      There are many men in Dominica and elsewhere who have taken advantage of women and young girls, even children. This week, I had such a conversation about this with someone. I stated, if all those women, some who are adults came forward and lodged a complaint, how many men, married and single would be implicated. Some of those could be your past and present ancestors. Therefore, be careful of stones that you throw. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  106. Francisco Telemaque
    November 22, 2014

    “The 60-year-old priest was put on administrative leave almost two years 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. The woman made the accusations against Lafleur in a series of letters to Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, the head of Dominica’s diocese.”(DNO).

    Based on the quote above, we know that this man is not a homosexual, if the allegations of his accuser are true!

    I am not a supporter of False religion, such as this so called Roman Catholic Church, what I do not understand is the firing of this man, when in fact this so called pope condones homosexuality, there are homosexuals priest out there with bible pretending they are presenting God to their followers. Would the pope who is a homosexual himself prefer the man ravage the rectum of some boy, or man than expressing and having feelings for a woman? Women are created by God to be a comforter to the man, that is why after he created Adam from the dust of the earth, and breath life into him, he decided that Adam should not live alone among the creatures of the earth, birds, and other species of animals, and so out of Adams body he extracted a rib and created woman, to be with Adam.

    The Roman Catholic has denied these men, these so called priest with human feelings the comfort of a woman’s body, yet they condone homosexuality, which God himself condemns!

    I would rather tolerate a so called priest who touched a woman breast, and other parts of her body than dealing with a homosexual. Now, in our culture the winking of the eye in the direction of someone; particularly a woman, is termed sweet; eye that is nonsense, how do we define sweet eye, since there is no such word as “sweet eye.”

    That word may only exits in the Dominican vocabulary, If she said he sweet talk here that can be defined; nevertheless, the whole thing is total nonsense. If at age twelve (you are a child) and you discover someone who could be your biological father is making sexual advances towards you by winking his eye, your duty should be to inform you parent about it, and let them deal with the perverted priest. If you stock around until you matured, and have mature breast, and a bag of sugar you know located where, and still associate yourself with some you know is attracted to you sexually, from the time you were a baby, everything that the man did to you is your fault!

    I believe she may have had an affair with that man and something went wrong between them and she has now decides to cry foul, I bet if he offered her money to remain quiet the scandal would not have surfaced!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Bomboclat
      November 22, 2014

      Why you bashing homosexuals and you say you are one?

    • Judy Jones
      November 22, 2014

      Child sex abuse has nothing to do with being homosexual or heterosexual. — It is about a sense of entitlement and power over a vulnerable child.
      Also, sex abuse with a child is not an affair. it is a crime, and for good reason. It causes lifelong pain and suffering to those innocent children.

      • November 28, 2014

        Judy Jones:

        You have said “Child sex abuse has nothing to do with being homosexual or heterosexual.” Please allow me to address this statement.

        I was raised in a town of 17,000 and attended a large elementary school. Naturally most of the men in town were heterosexuals. We knew of three homosexuals who repeatedly – again and again – molested young boys. They were the talk of the schoolyard. To this day these men are remembered by the boys who are men now with families. We never heard of these men being reported to the police until eventually one man was arrested. He owned a horse ranch and used the business to his advantage. The ranch was shut down. In all the years I lived in that town I heard of no similar case involving a heterosexual man.

        It is often argued that most child sexual molestation cases involve heterosexual men. This may be true because there are more heterosexual men. A much smaller percentage of men are homosexual. However, two things should be noted . (1) A homosexual paedophile will molest more children than a heterosexual offender. (2) A homosexual paedophile is more prone to molest the same child repeated times.

        In 1992 the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy reported that “Homosexual men are three times more likely to engage in paedophilia.”

        Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons – a US psychiatrist – has stated “Every priest whom I have treated who was involved with children had previously been involved in adult homosexual relationships.”

        Alfred Kinsey found in 1948 that 37% of gay men admitted to having sex with children.

        In the Roman Catholic Church we see a world wide example of the connection between homosexuality and child sex abuse. The majority of RC priests are heterosexual. Yet the percentage of heterosexual priests who molest little girls – though it does happen – is low by comparison. On the other hand it is the smaller number of homosexual priests who molest boys who have created a world wide scandal and costs the church millions of dollars.

        It should not come as a surprise that a higher percentage of homosexuals than heterosexuals are inclined towards paedophilia. Once they have broken the taboo against same sex relationships and entered that dark world it is easier for them to take one more step into forbidden territory.

        To those who would argue that the priests who molest little boys are “paedophiles” not “homosexuals” I say “GET REAL!” Where you have a male to male sexual relationship at any age you have homosexuality! If they were not homosexuals they would be going after girls not boys. Not all homosexuals are paedophiles. But studies like the one I have quoted show that homosexuals are three times as likely to be paedophiles.

        Not having a wife does not turn a priest into a homosexual or a paedophile. They are homosexuals before they enter the priesthood. Homosexual men are attracted to the priesthood for a number of reasons. (1) It provides a perfect covering for his homosexuality. Nobody is going to ask him why he is not married or why he isn’t dating. (2) A homosexual is not planning to get married anyway so the single life is not a sacrifice for him. (3) The priesthood brings him into what seems to be innocent contact with an ample supply of young men or little boys. (4) The Catholic homosexual knows and rightly so that homosexuality is a sin. He believes that by his life of priestly service and prayer he will have a better chance to be forgiven and receive salvation. Because of the “good” he will be doing he feels God will be more apt to overlook his failings.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist. (Pastoral Counselor Certificate)

        .

    • Anonymous
      November 22, 2014

      We Dominicans ought to teach the Pope a lesson! since we know more than anyone else.

    • Unknown
      November 22, 2014

      Francisco, once again you’re making yourself sound like an idiot. None of us know if it true or false. Regardless of how long it took her to bring it out, doesn’t make it right. At the age of 12 you’re saying its the victims fault “I’m not just taking about her. I’m talking about all victims at those ages that waited to talk” I hope you have no kids because let pray that it don’t hit home. I support some of you political views but you’re crossing the line on this one.

    • Tierry
      November 22, 2014

      Can’t help it. Some people like yourself are just idiots and I do not argue with idiots.

    • tell
      November 22, 2014

      God be with you Sir. the tongue is a weapon. Le God be te judge.

    • November 22, 2014

      Your comment is wrong on so many levels Mr Telemaque, that it’s difficult to know where to begin, but let’s start with your concluding statement. You may not yet have been enlightened by the campaign to educate our fellowmen about the definition of child molestation, but it have never been legal in Dominica for a 40 yr old man to get sexually involved with a 12 yr old. Never – not even in the days when Britannia ruled. It is impossible for a child of that age to legally give consent, no matter what words come out of her mouth. So 12 yr old child cannot “have an affair” with anybody. That is rape, pure and simple. And it’s never legal except perhaps in the backwoods of some stone-age nation.

      Maybe tomorrow I’ll come back to discuss your misrepresentations regarding my Church, but for today I think this comment is important enough to stand on it’s own.

    • Anonymous
      November 22, 2014

      Francisco Telemaque, you sound like a damn pervert yourself.

    • The Facts
      November 22, 2014

      Telemaque, the Catholic Church is not a false religion. It was established 2000 years ago by Our Lord Jesus Christ when He said, “Thou art Peter and upon this Rock I will build My Church.” He did not say, you will build your church as some have done.
      On the night before He was betrayed, He took bread and wine, blest them and gave them to his disciples, saying, “Take eat and drink all of you. This is my body and blood, given up for you. Do this in commemoration of Me.”
      This is what the Catholic Church is doing daily at all Holy Masses throughout the world in addition to its religious devotions. Furthermore, were it not for those Holy Masses and devotions, with all the sins committed in the world, Our Almighty Father would have rained down his fire and brimstones on the earth a long time.
      Catholics do not expect you to comprehend this because you are not a Catholic. What you and some others perceive the Catholic Church to be is not what it is. When you die, if not before you die, the truth will be revealed to you.
      The Catholic Church has many enemies and you have projected that you are one of them. There are many false religions in the world, those that were formed after the Catholic Church. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not establish any one of them. Perform a research of all those churches that were formed in the world. If you are broadminded you will realize they are not true churches. These have caused divisions, disunity and animosity. God knows this too well.
      Be careful what you state about the Pope and Priests. The Pope is not a homosexual or a pedophile. Not all priests are. There are some very holy Priests. In every institution, there are always bad eggs. You find them in the married and single life as well. Why is it that there are so many marital relationships breaking up to the point of divorces? Those who escape from injuries and fatalities in those marriages are extremely fortunate. Dominica is no exception.
      I do not expect you to listen to Catholic TV and Radio of all. If you did, I would hope with the help of God and his graces you probably would become enlightened.
      As for this woman, if you recall those articles, some have stated that she is not all there in her head. Her mother and herself want money from the Church. Why did she not report the other men whom she knew during her lifetime that she had affairs with? Surely, they must have approached her at any age. Why the Priest? Ask yourself that question. God will deal with her and her mother in time.
      As Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “Let he who is without sin caste the first stone.” And, “Judge not that you may not be judged accordingly and two-fold.”
      While some that are in the world are lambasting the Catholic Church and the priesthood, they are consistently sinning. God knows that. Therefore, when others make such statements about the Clerics, they must examine their conscience and their lifestyle. God will judge them and their judgment may not be a happy one for all eternity.

    • Teresa
      November 23, 2014

      I’m assuming you know that telling any adult who himself or herself is a “bidoh l’eglise” would not have advanced her cause, right? I’m assuming you know that, if not, I can tell you it likely would not have worked. What that woman has said happened to her could be repeated by too many women in DA. I’m reading the comments with great curiousity.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        November 23, 2014

        You know I understand your point, I do not know what this word “bidoh le’gise” means in English, as you may already know that Wesley people do speak patios, if you find someone there fluent in patios that person is from some other village, the same applies to Marigot.

        I any event I you are saying some people who kiss up to so called priest, would not believe the word of their child over that of the they believe is a man of God.

        I experience that when I was a young boy while I was a Cub scout.This man so called priest was stationed in our village, the time came when he need a bell-ringer, the priest encouraged the parents to let their son, about nineteen, or twenty years old to live with him on church premises. It turned out the priest is a homosexual, he assaulted the guy. So one night after the our Scout meeting, about 8: 00 P. M. when we all were getting ready to go our separate way, we noticed the assaulted went and sat on the Church steps, The Scout Master knew something was wrong.

        We, stopped to find out what was his problem, he told us the priest kissed him and there was no way he was going to sleep in the church house again, the Scout Master ask him why not home, said he told his parent what transpired, they did not believe him, all they cared about is their association with the priest, and their son ringing the bell.

        And let me stress here in the fifty’s to some people when a white person, priest, or as the call their parson visit their home, they automatically felt they were different to other blacks, so come hell or high waters, the priest could have murdered the son, he they may have contended the homosexual was not responsible for his death.

        I contend at twelve years old, if she realized she was sexually assaulted now that she is in her thirties: why complain now, why she did not complain at age twenty, or as soon as she became and mind you I am not defending that perverted man, because I do not believe any body in their right mind would fabricate such, unless they are pathological! Nevertheless I believe has an ulterior motive

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • jaquot T
      November 23, 2014

      Well that’s a ridiculous comment.

      You do realise she was only twelve years old when this PERVERT TOUCHED HER BREASTS AND BACKSIDE AND YES!!! MADE SWEET EYES AT HER!!!
      And YES IDIOT that’s a CARIBBEAN SAYING NOT JUST A DOMINICAN. And you should also be informed that some parents thinks that PRIESTS
      are pure and holy and they’re DEMIGODS who can do no wrong. Also, how do you know she didn’t tell her parents and that they just didn’t believe her. I think you’re biased against women. For years both men and women alike have been making allegations against those WOLVES IN SHEEP CLOTHING. THEY HIDE BEHIND FROCK. They’re nothing but a bunch of BLOODY RAPISTS AND CHILD MOLESTERS. PREYING ON DEFENSELESS CHILDREN. AND YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!! I WONDER IF YOU’RE A PARENT??

      • GodistheonlyJudge
        November 23, 2014

        Jaquot T: It the same damn thing…… ALLEDGED!!!!!!! No where the man said he did this. You all want to be judge and jury and you all were not there. And who is the woman? Jaquot T, who gave you the right to cast judgment? Who gave you that right, hmmm?

    • Anansi
      November 23, 2014

      Francisco you’re missing the point…a vow is a vow. We’re talking a breach of service contract here, so forget about submitting to whims and fancies of human nature. Father Lafleur, in my opinion, is a good human being. However as the stated reasons for his dismissal, he violated the terms and conditions of his employment.

      • CALL IT BY IT NAME
        November 23, 2014

        Nonse. Are you Bisexual or homosexual? They must allow the priest to be married.

      • GodistheonlyJudge
        November 23, 2014

        Anansi. He did not respond to the communication. This does not make him guilty. God almighty. What is wrong with you?

      • Francisco Telemaque
        November 23, 2014

        Which is more important? A vow to some so called pope who emphasize celibacy, the word of God which instructed humans to “go into the world and multiply?” How can a man multiply, as far as children are concerned without a wife?

        A man is supposed to multiply in wealth, as in money; and materialism. Humans are supposed to reproduced human life so that the earth can be inhabited by humans. The Bible also teaches “some men are born Eunuchs.” Those are men who can live without a woman, and are by no means homosexual, however, they have no desire or feelings to be with a woman.

        And the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch is well documented in the Bible!

        Peter, and the disciples who followed Jesus when he was on earth, had wife’s and children. We know that for a fact for the scriptures said: When Jesus came into the house of Peter mother-in- law: if Peter was not a married man he could not have a mother-in-law, search the scriptures, you may read the actual scriptures a bit differently; since the way I explained it is not verbatim as in the Bible.

        As long as people deviate from the word of God and follow the philosophy of man, there shall always be problems such as this; for all man are born in sin! One should not allow any so call pope to deprived them of having a wife and children, that is not the will of God.

        They also take vow of poverty, God never told anybody to take a vow of poverty, he said the poor will always be among you; he will allow you to do whatever you wish, do nothing to accumulate and you will suffer the consequences of ben poor, but it not the will of God that any human he created should be poor. If all the members of the Roman Catholic Church in Dominica were rich, there would be no need for Skerrit to snatched five ($500,000.00) thousand dollars of taxpayers and give it to his boy bishop, causing so much controversies in Dominica. If all your members are living on starvation money, there will not be enough to contribute to the church via tithes and offerings which could have done the work need on the building!

        In the case of the accuse man, I am careful not to refer to him as father, nor priest, because I can debunk all of that based on the word of the God, he is not the father of anyone nor a priest!

        He should have a wife, rather than trying to live without having sexual intercourse with women: for that is one of the reason he created a man, and a woman. How can someone condone homosexuality, which God hate, that is the sin God hates the most. The man has done nothing wrong, except if he knows that he cannot live without having sex with a woman, he should get married. There are so called priest who are married here in the United States, and in Europe also.

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • sacha
      November 23, 2014

      I hope when a grown man touches your 12 year old daughter on his underdeveloped breasts in a sexual gesture that even a grown woman would call harassment, your response will be different. You are an embarrassment for thinking that it is ok for him to do such a thing. And that does not prove that he is straight he could very well be bisexual. if he is guilt at best he is a pedophile and preys on the most vulnerable amongst us.

      • December 1, 2014

        I have read numerous accounts of men who molested both little boys and little girls.

        I refer to them as homosexuals if they have an attraction to males of any age even if they are also attracted to females. However, a psychologist or psychiatrist may reserve the word “homosexual” for a person who has an exclusive sexual attraction to his or her own gender and refer to somebody who swings both ways as bisexual.

        Some homosexuals are also bisexual. A homosexual paedophile who assaults both boys and girls will usually show a homosexual tendency by assaulting a much larger number of boys than girls.

        Homosexual paedophiles are the most difficult to treat and almost impossible to cure. This is especially true if the case is one of a homosexual paedophile involved in incest.

        I am an evangelist with a pastoral counselor certificate who has worked as a pastoral counselor. I’ve had my share of both success and failure. I am not a mental health professional. Although I am aware of some studies published in journals much of what I share comes from observation and reading case histories. I am not educated in the behavioral sciences. I have a doctorate in Biblical studies and believe the Word of God holds the answer to this very complex and dark side of human nature. Jesus Christ came “to seek and to save them that are lost.” His shed blood has the power to wash the vilest sinner clean and His Spirit can set men and women free and give all who believe and call upon Him a new beginning.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. international Evangelist.

    • Crommie
      November 23, 2014

      Anansi and Francisco: Interesting points of view. This issue has nothing to do with vows or sexual preferences or male sexual desire. It has everything to do with the Church’s new and aggressive approach to the accusations of impropriety by priests.
      This is not the first time that a priest has been accused of or involved in improper sexual behaviour. In the old days the priest would have been sent back to France, if the evidence could not be rationalized, hidden or someone bullied into silence. Not withstanding Pope Francis’ administrative determination to do the right thing, the old way of doing things is expensive.

      I know nothing of this woman and will not assume that her accusation was malicious or vengeful. What I will assume, however is that the evidence against LaFleur must have been overwhelming. This does not mean that he has not done very good things for very many families, girls and women in Dominica; as does the religious Church. What I do know for certain is that these days the concoction of priest, sex, women, church and law will create an explosive bowel movement. This woman has a voice and it is being heard and taken seriously.

      Now that the Church has, by example, taken the lead in acting against the exploitation or children in Dominica, I wonder who else is will to put the pressure on the rest of society to do the same and effect a similar outcome. If every woman in her 50s would come out and identify every man in a position of power and control who in any way engaged them sexually when they were still children will the people of Dominica support their voices? Start at the top: government officials, police officers, lawyers, doctors, employers, family members. It was against the law then. This is bigger than LaFleur. Yes. LaFleur is a priest, but neither he nor the Church make the laws and the penalties for protecting women and children from exploitation. The politicians do. The biggest danger here is for people in the society to become self righteous and point fingers at LaFleur and the Church. LaFleur will be disgraced and eventually disappear. What about others?

      • Judy Jones
        November 23, 2014

        Thank you for your comment… This also has more to do with the brave victims who are speaking up to get this horrendous abuse stopped and to protect kids today. There is no going back to the good old days of power and secrecy within the church hierarchy.. and this is just the beginning.
        This link has posted over 4,000 credibly accuse priests of child sex abuse.
        http://bishop-accountability.org/
        But keep in mind, this is not NEARLY all of them. These are only the ones who have been made public and only the ones in the USA..
        The brave victims are to be commended for breaking their silence and forcing the church to expose this ugly truth that has been going on for centuries..

      • Ms. Educator
        November 24, 2014

        Thank you! This is the first balanced comment I’ve read on this hot button topic.

  107. zulu
    November 22, 2014

    Life goes on for the God we serve is a forgiving God

    • The Facts
      November 22, 2014

      There are some priests who were wrongfully accused. This also occurred in the US and in Canada, no doubt elsewhere in the world. Satan is in the offing. Those who wrongfully accuse them will pay an extremely dear price. God is good and patient.

  108. Anonymous
    November 22, 2014

    I’m sad,very, very sad. Father Lafleur we’re praying for you and during this darkest hour I pray you hold on to your faith. :( :( . I knew you as a child growing up in Mahaut.

    • The Facts
      November 22, 2014

      He has other friends who will do likewise. We have empathy for him. As a Christian Catholic who will always have respect for the Priests, no matter what, thank you for standing by him and praying for him. God is pleased with you and those who do.

    • CALL IT BY IT NAME
      November 23, 2014

      If you are a Catholic study the word of God and leave that church.

  109. genie
    November 22, 2014

    i am lost here “sweet eye”?…….well look out fellas here i come alot of you have sexually harassed me……any lawyers in the house?

    • Emailing
      November 22, 2014

      genie, Are they priest too?

    • The Facts
      November 22, 2014

      During a relevant conversation this week, someone informed me of a D/can man who would give a little girl a ride to school. He would constantly molest her. The parents found out and of course were angry. One promised to sue him. Since he is a well-known person, they avoided exposing him and he may have settled financially with her father (parents).
      You know, in those days in D/ca, suing such men were unheard of, even today. I was informed that he is a church-goer. Therefore, there are many who are guilty of molesting women and young girls who pose as decent gentlemen.
      Many young girls were impregnated by adult men. If there was such a law in D/ca but for a small country, many would have been arrested, convicted and imprisoned.
      They expect the Church to take action on those priests but the law of the land will not take action against those men who abuse underage children and adults, the latter if it was not consensual. This law has to be reformed.
      Consider countries which allow two men and two women to get married. They are also allowed to adopt children. If this is not also child abuse, bringing up children under such abnormal and immoral conditions, what is? These are also the people I would arrest and imprison for their sins against nature and of God. Much more could be stated about that.

    • sacha
      November 23, 2014

      is sweet eye alone you read about. the person was 12 years old and claims there was touching involved. And yes if everytime you pass someone makes sweet eyes at you or calls names and you don’t like it then you can call that sexual harrasmment and they can be prosecuted for it. But you see in D/ a everything is a joke and for you ladies with the low self esteem you bask in the attention. Silly Kids. one day you will learn.

    • Anonymous
      November 23, 2014

      If you are list, then educate yourself about the facts of the case

  110. concerned catholic
    November 22, 2014

    very painful. it is a trying time for the Cathiolic Church and we hae to join hands together in prayer. What can I say to Father Reggie. Just hold the faith. hE WHO HAS NO SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE.

    • Malgraysa
      November 22, 2014

      A trying time for the Catholic church indeed. I was born into that church, received my education from that church. It is a church that did, and still does s lot of good things but i is time for them to recognize that their membership has come off age and engage with them in a democratic way. It is not realistic to expect members to blindly accept their dogmas for instance, like the infallibility of the Pope. They should not be afraid to face these issues and discuss them frankly so that the church does not ossify but remains relevant to people in the present age.

    • Dominican abroad
      November 22, 2014

      To hell with that statement about who has no sin cast the first stone, these damn people use their positions to use and abuse young children male and female, some of us put them on a pedestal, and think they can never do any wrong, and always blame the victims, There is no smoke without fire, all over the world this behaviour by those nasty disrespectful people has been going on it’s only now some people find the courage to speak out about and good for them, STAMD UP AND SPEAK OUT, SHOUT TO THE TOP OF YOU-ALL VOICES IF YOU HAVE TO. Many of them has escaped the consequences of their behaviour, just like some teachers, doctors, ministers and others in position of power. Good for the lady who spoke out about his behaviour…..

    • November 22, 2014

      To Concerned Catholic.

      Hello and good evening my people. Ok so why don’t the Pope allow those priest to have a wife. Many of them have children in the villages where they preach. Also how many babies are buried on the Church property.

    • The Facts
      November 22, 2014

      With God and Our Blessed Mother at our side, all will be well. They know if Fr. Lafleur was wrongfully accused by that woman. Let’s keep praying for him and for the other priests. You know this is what the Heavenly Holy Ones want of us.

  111. massacre
    November 22, 2014

    it was abt time, coming from a priest who has had a girlfriend for years and that was public knowledge. many questioned this womans motive people like that abd there are many more who need to be taken down. Disgrace to the church.

    • The Facts
      November 22, 2014

      Look out for yourself that you are not taken down. What is your lifestyle like? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  112. BRAIN DAMAGE
    November 22, 2014

    They sent the young lady for counseling in Trinidad, so there are no counselors here. technically, hiding her there from giving more details.
    Well priest, Jesus came to save the sinners, as you and I, it’s not too late to confess and to make it right with Him.

    • Dominican abroad
      November 22, 2014

      So damn ridiculous for Dominica to be spending sooooo much money to build so called state home Why? and they have to take money out of the Island to pay for someone to have counselling. What a load of Bull. good on the woman for speaking out.

    • The Facts
      November 22, 2014

      You need to do likewise for yourself that you do not perish eternally. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

    • November 23, 2014

      Father La Fleur do not have to confess to no man because we are all sinners plus you and others didn’t seek the guidance of the almighty father you took it upon yourself and condemned him, He is a child of God and that’s the only one he is accountable too and that’s the only one Father La Fleur can depend on, So to all those out there who are quick to tear down each other think about that, and to the woman in question and the Bishop who I have no confidence in I say confess your own sins to the Lord because you a both part of the problem
      I have no right to judge any one all I know God forgave us of our sins so who I’m I not to forgive another, Father La Fleur my prayers are with you and just trust the almighty father and you will make it because the God in the valley is the same God on the mountain top, so continue to believe in him my brother God bless you.

  113. anotherdaynodoller
    November 22, 2014

    The bishop can defrock father La Fleur but he cannot take his qualification. The most distinguished Dr. Reginald LaFleur will be with him till death. It is better for one to hate you than to be envious.

    • Not a herd follower
      November 22, 2014

      You seem to be putting greater value to academic qualifications than personal reputation. How can a doctorate ever negate a bad reputation? As Shakespeare said,

      Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
      Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
      Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
      ‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands:
      But he that filches from me my good name
      Robs me of that which not enriches him
      And makes me poor indeed

      For sure, the former priest’s reputation is tarnished.

      I agree with the Bishop there is no joy in this matter for anyone.

    • Kovac
      November 22, 2014

      dollar

    • The Facts
      November 22, 2014

      You know in Holy Scripture: “You are a priest forever . . .”. Likewise being a baptized Catholic for life to eternity. No one can change that; no other type of baptism can change that.

  114. Judy Jones
    November 22, 2014

    quoted by Bishop of Roseau—
    “Bishop Malzaire in an interview said the matter was “difficult” for him and has caused him and the church “much pain.”

    What about the pain and suffering of the victim/victims.? Not one consoling word from Bishop Malzaire…

    • The Facts
      November 22, 2014

      Ask yourself, did this really happen?

    • November 23, 2014

      Judy, I’m not a supporter of the Bishop but the victim as you call her .. well that’s what black mail is all about and sometimes it never work so you should have a talk with her concerning the monies she was asking for. I’m not going to say she is a lier or not but she have to entre the court of the almighty God and testify so she can be healed.

    • Crommie
      November 23, 2014

      You are right Judy. The bishop should have said something about the victim. To do that right away he would have to step away from his personal sadness and pain for losing one of his priestly brothers. I am sure he will say something, if he has not already done so.

      I would like you to also raise the issue of the sexual molestation of children in the society as large. Ask your women friends of their experience. Some men who are now in powerful positions may have done some molesting. Someone needs to point at them too. This is a bigger issue than LaFleur. Time to start asking questions.

  115. Hmmm
    November 22, 2014

    I guess the accusations were true afterall smh

    • GodistheonlyJudge
      November 22, 2014

      It does not mean the accusations were true. Take your time and read the article please.

    • Malgraysa
      November 22, 2014

      Maybe so but that is hard to accept at face value from an institution that likes to be its own prosecution, judge and jury. The dictum of the church has always been to protect the interest of the church first and foremost.

    • The Facts
      November 23, 2014

      Prove it. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  116. je dire
    November 22, 2014

    what a shame, but still a man of God. politics in the church too. glad u did not answer….god bless u fr. Reggie

    • The Facts
      November 22, 2014

      Consider when Our Lord Jesus was arrested, He did not give his accusers any satisfaction. I do think that Fr. Lafleur did the correct thing – no response on his behalf.

  117. aa
    November 22, 2014

    Hope the young woman is pleased Witherspoon herself.

    • aa
      November 22, 2014

      With herself

    • The Facts
      November 22, 2014

      She will pay for what she has done. Wait and see.
      Our Lord said, “Vengeance is Mine. I will repay.”
      St. Paul said: “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of God. For our God is a consuming fire.”

  118. Unknown
    November 22, 2014

    I’m hurting for both parties involved, seeing that I knew them both. I wish you both all the best in the future though it may not be easy.

  119. November 22, 2014

    FOR THE GRANDBARIANS WHO STOP GOING TO CHURCH I HOPE YOU ALL WILL COME BACK TO CHURCH AGAIN BECAUSE FATHER REGIE IS GONE FOR GOOD NOW. I WISH HIM ALL THE BEST .THANKS REGIE FOR ALL WHAT YOU DO FOR US IN GRANDBAY/MAY THE GOOD LORD BE WITH YOU ///////

    • Great
      November 22, 2014

      Change is coming be careful what you say. We will not be coming back and i think that decision is going to affect the whole ‘Catholic’ church in Dominica. I am a catholic/believer and i am not in favour with that decision.

      Bishop Malzaire said the decision was a difficult and painful one for him. Tell him stop pretending… we all know why he persued that.

      The God that i serve is a forgiving God. Father Lafleur you do not have to be on alter and wearing a chausible to preach the word of God. Go out and do your ministry you should form your own church too. I will be the first to follow. God’s mercy upon you

    • Anonymous
      November 22, 2014

      Seems like u gloating. Change is a must according to the workrs
      But the lord we serve is a good god .He’s a forgiving hod. Just u watch behind d door you will c d key. Fr. Reggie is a man of God. Amen.

  120. Overseas line
    November 22, 2014

    There is a God after all. To bad the horror you imposed your victim will never go away. Sir, I hope when you go down on your knees and close your eyes you see their faces.. when you wear headphones you hear their cries .Someday when the memory of their pain overpowers you, you’ll confess in public and begin their healing process.

    • GodistheonlyJudge
      November 22, 2014

      Who gave you the authority to judge?

    • The Facts
      November 22, 2014

      The strange thing about people as you, you do not think of yourself and what you look like in the eyes of the Lord. Should you not consider that? You do not know if the accusation is true. Heal thyself and thy soul. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

    • Anonymous
      November 23, 2014

      for sweet eyes?? #afterall

  121. my take
    November 22, 2014

    A touch on her buttocks and a sweet eye? Is there any mark on her buttocks to so conclude? who were the witnesses who saw what was alleged?

    Was Fr. Lafleur any threat to anyone within, re. position due to his higher learning.

    Didn’t she accuse at least 3 other men of sexual abuse?
    No excusing any culprit for such acts. I am still reading through the lines.

    We live in a funny, funny world. Justice for all. What about officials in Gov’t allegedly accused of sexual abuse of our women. facts are there to prove. Young women have openly, publicly come out and expose the abuse. Some others are too scared to do the same. What about all the money-laundering, corruption in the society by “big boys?” What about the firebombing, attempted murder of two innocent elders? What about the 42 charges of fraud filed, yet no case up to now. What about…….. what about…………? are those not criminal offences worse?

    Granbayrians protested, they still love their defrocked priest, but will not get him back.

    • Serve Justice
      November 22, 2014

      We should follow suit and de-PM Skrit & and de-minister the sheep on Dec 08th 2014.

    • forbidden
      November 22, 2014

      What the Bishop and priest have to do with Government?Can they “defrock ‘the government?

    • The Facts
      November 23, 2014

      The problem with some authorities, some people of the world, women approach them with a story which occurred years ago and immediately they believe it. There is no statute of limitations for this. There should be. What happens to, “It takes two?”
      You must have heard what occurred to Bill Cosby. Take note from this. These women are bent on destroying men, their reputation and career. I visualize their end will not be a good one. They do not forget and do not forgive if what they accuse the men of are true. How they expect God to forgive them? Furthermore, they do this to reap an exorbitant sum of money from the men. Money could be the root of all evil.
      I have concluded that it is a scandalous age whereby some women come out with all sorts of stories about men. Why did they not come forth sooner? Why wait 5, 10, 20 or more years? Those cases should not be given credence. They should be thrown out. To save face and additional criticisms, the Catholic Church had no alternative but to take action. It is not even proven that he committed what he is accused of.

  122. Judy Jones
    November 22, 2014

    Something to keep in mind—-
    Child predators are very cunning and manipulative. They know every trick on how to groom, threaten, lie, and put the fear of god into their victims and sometimes even their family members. They also appear to do a lot of goods things, they can be very charismatic and you may think they would never harm anyone. They have to be this way, in order to not get caught and to continue to abuse. They devote lots of time and energy building trust with their victims by giving them money and gifts. They tend to make their prey feel that they are special and loved.

    Sexual predators are often powerful and well-loved, we must overcome the dangerous myth that because someone is successful or warm or caring, he or she couldn’t have done that! It would be comforting if those who preyed on the vulnerable were obvious social misfits whose appearance would somehow set off alarm bells and give us the willies or the creeps. They rarely do. Usually, predators are among the last people we would suspect of sexually violating others. At a party, the predator isn’t some oddball sitting alone in a corner because others feel uncomfortable with him. Most often, the predator is the guy throwing the party.

    And we must stop thinking that because a person is old, that somehow he/she is automatically safe. It’s just irresponsible to endanger kids by assuming an adult is harmless simply because he or she may be losing hair, wearing glasses, using hearing aids or walking with a cane. These can be signs of advancing age, but they are not signs that an individual is safe..

    Child predators can never be allowed near children. So let’s hope that any others who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Reginald LaFleur, will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement.no matter how long ago it happened.

    Judy Jones, (SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

    • Dianna
      November 22, 2014

      I agree with you.100 percent.

    • callmekathleen
      November 22, 2014

      If only all what you keep ranting about was true. Judy Jones you have every right to defend victims but that woman I’m sure already has her eyes on her next victim. This is he m.o. but she needs to accuse the right man for her to see. A very loose individual with a sick side. Grew up with that woman and this is an act perfected with a sudden onset of erratic behavior when cornered. With semi coklish eyes how she can claim the man made sweet eyes for her.stupes

    • Dominican abroad
      November 22, 2014

      Judy Jones, I totally agree with everything you have said, and as a child protection officer, It makes me sad how all these people seems to be attacking the young lady for speaking out, and seems to be on the side of the Priest, because he wore a robe doesn’t make him god, and many of them hide and pretend they are well meaning law abiding citizens of the community while they pull the wool over people’s eye, manipulating, deceiving, and abusing…
      He is no different from anyone in the community, and Yes more young women should speak out because am certain she was not the first… As a child growing up in Dominica I have seen this sort of thing happen to too many of my school friends, and when the tried speaking out they weren’t believed, they were called liars, and told this person would never do that….. What saddens me even more is that it’s mainly the females who seem to be victimising this young lady, we are our own worse enemies. Before they judge her the need to put themselves in her position, also think! what if it was their child, sister, niece, cousin, grand child etc..?

    • No Nonsense
      November 22, 2014

      You must be a real jackass eh. There is no proof to dismiss him, so why the hell would you dismiss him on simple allegations. You people don’t know if she lied in the first place and there is no proof to so that its fact. Only God knows, and the Bishop really has to think long and hard for the evil that he has done.

    • Anonymous
      November 23, 2014

      Well said

  123. anotherdaynodoller
    November 22, 2014

    This allegation just cannot hold enough water to warrant dismissal, I would like what form of defense did the bishop submitted, because he knows for a fact that the accuser had multiple stories of that nature and made mentioned of other persons who did similar approaches to her. I would like to know how did the bishop proved that the allegation was in fact enough to condemn the priest.The bishop choose the dayafter election nomination to take action, yet he is saying this was the most difficult thing to do in his entire life.That discussion is going to hunt him for the rest of his life.He further deprive Grandbay of alternative representation a second time around, that is as mush as I will say on that level, just read between the lines. There was an incident in the same Grandbay when a priest impregnates a woman from Bodeau and that priest was transferred to St Lucia till he retired, The bishop worked with that same priest in St Lucia and did nothing about it.
    Let us be real if a person accused a priest for touching her breast and bottom, is that enough to defrock him, Let us look at various forms of greeting, with a hug breasts make contact with breast or chest hands can either go on waist or bottom so what is that tauch all about. Iwould like to ask the bishop if in his life time he has never gotten in contact with breast , I do not mean his mother’s breast. I will continue to call my belovered father Lafleur father for he is a true father for he cares. Who God bless he is forever blessed. Love you father Reggie. As a form of protest I call on Grandbay people do not vote for LABOUR a vote for LABOUR is a vote for the bishop for he is in it too.

    • Not a herd follower
      November 22, 2014

      I am not taking side in this as you are. Why didn’t you appear for the defence if you had all facts?

    • Anonymous
      November 22, 2014

      Where did you amass your stupidity?

    • @ Peepip
      November 22, 2014

      One correction only NEO DLP not Labour they are DFP strays who infiltrated the movement post all the stalwats passing.
      The rest I concur .

    • The Facts
      November 23, 2014

      If I were you I would not inform Grand Bay people which Party to vote for. I have previously stated that Bishop Malzaire is not a voter. He is also not a Member of Parliament. Even though it appears that someone is a friend of a candidate, would you say to that person do not vote for the Party you did not approve of? Allow them to make their own decision.
      This case is baffling. A woman accuses a Priest of this since she was twelve. She has had other relationships with men but did not publicly accuse them. From what I heard she is a crazy woman. This is a case I would throw out of Court. In this day and age, once those women make accusations, they are automatically believed. Let it be. God will deal with her in his good time. Many Catholics are saddened at this. Pray for Fr. Lafleur.

    • Lonesome
      November 23, 2014

      Was the Bishop annoyed because of the reaction of the Parishioners of Grandbay? Was he angry because the local priest did not get involved in his own defence? I agree that even if they could prove that the priest did this 19 years ago he should be disciplined but not defrocked. What about what he has contributed and achieved these last nineteen years? How has he lived his life these last nineteen years? This is the local priest that offers the most profound teachings in Dominica. He provides the most spiritual food/nourishment and peace of mind to Catholics. He is never involve in ‘beth and gossip’. His messages never divides, but rather unites the flock. It would be interesting to see the report and recommendation from Dominica that was sent to the Vatican. Make this public. So we can see and know who wanted him defrocked. Its amazing that the most gifted and most accomplished local priest has been dealt this blow. But it was also very amazing how Dominica’s Arch Bishop Fr Kelvin Felix was disrespected, and vilified and basically brought down in St.Lucia. So what really is all this about?

      • November 23, 2014

        As Shakespeare wrote “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”, or more specifically in this case, the state of Dominica. For sure the report and recommendation from Dominica that was sent to the Vatican should be made public. Speculation and statements of praise and disparagement of LaFleur offer no enlightenment. But it is most callous for commenters and the Bishop to blame the victim. Indeed, if scripture is going to be invoked (“the text of St. Paul in 1st Corinthians when he says when one part of the body is hurt, the whole body is hurt.”), the act of an abuser is the first blow to the body. The whole body is now suffering because of these abusive acts … no matter how long ago. … no matter how many or few.

  124. Judy Jones
    November 22, 2014

    This very brave victim is to be commended for her courage in speaking up and getting this child predator exposed and defrocked. This is not an easy thing to do but at least the Vatican officials believed her and now Bishop Gabriel Malzaire needs to make sure that Reginald LaFleur is kept in an independent secure treatment center. Child predators can never be allowed near children.
    It’s extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many. So let’s hope that any others who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by LaFleur, will find the courage to come forward, get help, and contact law enforcement.
    Sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day
    Silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com
    SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

    • GodistheonlyJudge
      November 22, 2014

      Judy Jones. Stop it. The article does not state Fr Lafleur was found guilty of the charges. It is obvious you have a personal agenda. Just stop it.

    • Anestine LaFond
      November 22, 2014

      Judy, seems you want to relocate to Dominica.
      Be on the alert. The sacrament of Confession is for all in our faith.
      Your double entry seems to indicate that you have information that you are longing to release.
      Hope to see you in Heaven.

    • callmekathleen
      November 22, 2014

      Get a life go deal with your predator priest in america. Brave my rass. You sit your area in america comnenting on hog wash. Why are you so bitter? Your so called victim is a loose canon and liar.

    • Lapuet
      November 22, 2014

      Judy it seems obvious that you are out to sabotage Fr. Reginald Lafleur. I have spent all my childhood life around him. I was a member of the choir. A parish memger. Never saw any signs but an example of Jesus” let the children come to me” A man strong in faith, a man loved by many. I am in the legal system and work with predators. If you have met this man obviously not, you wont be so persistent in your request. He is bold and would not molest children too many women out there. He won’t waste his time to molest children. You are backing up the wrong tree• Maybe you should encourage other priest that are having affairs with men to come out. What you are trying to do wont work. It is all about jealously in the dominica diocese were you part of the team to bring him down. Judas

    • November 23, 2014

      Judy you and your garbage is for your corner of the world so don’t come or pretend you know what really happened, you find people in a small Island that accept everything that some out sider want them to believe especially if they are from the USA too bad because I’m not one of those.
      I research for myself and all the training you may have will never convince me that Father La Fleur is a child predator so your dirt is not getting thru to me. I just hope to others whoa are reading your comments will read with an open mind before joining you with condemning father La Fleur, because no weapon formed against father La Fleur will not prosper because God is in control of the situation.

      Judy, lot of us have heard and follow your website therefor I ask what about the other persons who are going thru the same as the victim do you reach out to them or to you they are not important but it’s much better you prefer the publicity when Priests are involved .

      • Judy Jones
        November 23, 2014

        Patriot… SNAP is now international. The sex abuse and cover up of these crimes are consistent within the Catholic church hierarchy through the world.
        Also, you and others might like to check out our web site and read about how SNAP has gone to the UN about this problem. We are mostly all volunteers who are family members and/or victims of clergy sex abuse.
        Thank you,
        Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com

        (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, teachers, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

      • Becky Ianni
        November 25, 2014

        My heart goes out to any victims of childhood abuse. I was abused as a young child by a religious figure who I loved and admired. I never told anyone until the age of 48. I was told I would go to hell if I told. He was a man of God so I thought his sexual abuse of me was a punishment by God because I was an evil little girl. Even at the age of 48 I feared God’s wrath should I talk about my abuse. It takes a lot of courage to speak out and I hope the bravery of the victim who has spoken out about LaFleur inspires others who have been abused to come forward. You are not alone and there are others who understand and who will support you.
        Becky
        SNAPVirginia@cox.net

    • Irma Francois
      November 23, 2014

      why is it only the catholic priest you are looking at what are you doing about the other pastors are their abuse less painful

  125. Judge
    November 22, 2014

    The Bishop is not telling the truth tell him to tell the truth. The first matter was dealt with and the priest was not found guilty instead another matter came up and he sent it straight to ROME with his own evidence. One day the Bishop will be Judge like all of us.
    This man should be out of Dominica.
    TEL THE BISHOP TO TELL THE TRUTH

    REV. LAFLEUR it is time to make our church, I am out of this Catholic none sense in Dominica.

    • GodistheonlyJudge
      November 22, 2014

      Agreed

    • The Facts
      November 23, 2014

      While this upsets you as it does many of us near and far, I would not encourage you to leave the Church. Know who established the Catholic Church. It is not a man or men. The Catholic Church is not man-made. Our Lord Jesus Christ himself established it. Be acquainted (more) with your faith and knowledgeable in it. Those who do will never allow themselves to be influenced by others and renounce their faith. Live in the Lord and for the Lord and practice your faith. the Catholic Church is not a fly by night religion/church.
      Fr. Lafleur is a Catholic. In the world, he could better serve it. He has a degree. He is intelligent. I hope he makes the most of his time.
      The thought crossed my mind. He probably was not dismissed empty-handed. I hope he was well recompensed for the years he spent in the priesthood. He is wise to remain silent. Let God be the judge.

      • Saddened
        November 23, 2014

        Great advise, intelligent and sound.

    • Kalinago in Roseau
      November 23, 2014

      I am with you

  126. Hope
    November 22, 2014

    Regrettable. Like all of us wish our shamefull actions erase.
    As people of faith we. Confess, we pray and ask for the
    victims forgiveness. Let God do the rest.
    ,

  127. MasterMind
    November 22, 2014

    The bishop accepting gays now; that is more of a sin than ALLEGATIONS of harassment.

    Reginald, the best thing I can tell you is get out of that CATHOLIC business. Get a woman, seek the truth in another religion,vmarry and make some children.

    Everything happens for a reason! Maybe this is the time for you to GET OUT before they force gays on you!

    • Alex
      November 22, 2014

      Now, this is called scapegoating! You are ignoring the real issue and throwing the blame on another group (a minority one at that) that had nothing to do with the case. This posture of scapegoating typically happens when persons are prejudice, hold on to their cherished positions and conveniently and stubbornly ignore the facts.

    • If I was Fr Regie
      November 22, 2014

      Fr Regie, may have his weaknesses for the opposite sex, a totally normal emotion. I doubt very much he is a pedophile. He may have struggled with his commitment to the Priesthood which I know he loves and at the same time wish the church at least allowed for priest to be the husband of one wife which is totally biblical. Well its not too late to marry and settle down and you need not do it in any other church. You are a catholic, not for any Bishop or pope. I will not comment on the young lady that wrote the letter, because I know her better than the Bishop and the Magistarium.

      I trust those young boys touched by the many priest in the church are brave enough to come forward and write to the Bishop. So many Gays in top offices of the church in Dominica linked to St Lucia and no one yet to be defrosted. hmmmmmm, yess saaa ma gway saaa. I know is not Fr Reggie alone that guilty, but God knows best. Father, Dr Reggie move on…….

    • JoJo
      November 22, 2014

      I think the bishop should also come clean about the abuse of young boys by the clergy. That is just as important as the alleged misuse of women.

    • The Facts
      November 23, 2014

      Who said that the Catholic Church is accepting gays? We are tolerant and have to respect people. This does not mean that we condone their lifestyle. Love the sinner, hate the sin. This is as far as it goes. God is the judge of all. He will judge everyone according to their lifestyle, what they have done in the flesh. Leave well alone and leave this up to God.

      • Saddened
        November 23, 2014

        The Pope has said time and again, if people who are gay love the Lord, who is he to judge? does that mean he is accepting of their behaviour. Love gays but their lifestyle is sinful.

      • The Facts
        November 24, 2014

        As also heard on Catholic TV and Radio – News, Pope Francis stated, If they “seek the Lord” or “are seeking the Lord”; not love the Lord.
        We love God if we obey His Commandments, practice the faith and live a moral lifestyle according to what is contained in Holy Scripture and as the Church believes and teaches.
        The Pope was very careful to choose his words. For the Media, as they have done are quick to distort his words and blow them out of proportion. They are very good at that.

  128. Anonymous
    November 22, 2014

    This is really sad. Nowhere says he admitted the crime and I know of stories of saints who were accused of sexual misconduct and were dismissed. They had not committed any wrong doing and were waiting for when God was ready to reveal their innocence. So I am not going to make any judgement on this case or Fr. Reggie. If he did something wrong then they are doing the right thing. If he did not do wrong, then someone will pay. Either way it is very sad. I pray that the holy spirit will come upon all of us and improve our souls regardless of who we are and what position we hold.

    • November 23, 2014

      That’s what I know about Dominicans they think things thru before making foolish moves or statements I went thru my own church our Pastor was a very loved man he had a family and it just turned up side down or better said all hell broke loose investigations upon investigations went thru the process at the end after years of investigation the Pastor was found innocent . I am a woman and we all know that it only takes one word “NO” and the wheels of injustice begin to take whole and by the end the damage was done for the Pastor and his family even if he won the case.
      But that’s why we all know that God doesn’t give us more than we can bear and only he knows what happened and he will deal with both of them. But I don’t believe we should be rejoicing as we call ourselves women

    • The Facts
      November 24, 2014

      Down through the ages, some saints were accused of much, what they never did; some through envy. Some were executed; beheaded.
      Bishops and priests were also wrongly accused. If you listen to Catholic TV and Radio specifically transmitting from the US, from time to time you will hear about it when they talk about saints. There are times we tend to say, it is an unfair world.

  129. Duncekyat
    November 22, 2014

    Hmmm, touch a woman donkey years ago and you’re defrocked, but fondle and rape little boys continuously and it’s business as usual. I see!

    • Alex
      November 22, 2014

      wrong is wrong. You should not be denouncing bad behaviour whilst excusing another form of bad behaviour. Your fallacious argument does not help Reginald La fleur.

    • November 23, 2014

      There are more heterosexual priests than homosexual priests. Yet it is the smaller number of homosexual priests who are creating the problems for he church and costing the church millions o dollars.

      This is because homosexuals are more apt to molest children. In 1992 The Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy reported that “Homosexual men are three times more likely to engage in paedophilia.”

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

      • Lil
        November 23, 2014

        I am disappointed in your use of selective perception. The evidence and truth is there for us to find out. Pedophilia/child abuse of children have little to do with sexual orientation. As a Christian you should be well aware that the Bible says about the heart. The heart of man is exceedingly wicked – gays and heterosexual alike – so it not just about sexual orientation. Persons of various sexual orientation all engage in evil because ALL have sinned.
        And furthermore, you cite a 1992 finding? You mean there are no current findings to confirm/support this 22-year old conclusion? I think that’s a problme right there. Here is a study which came out in 1993 with relevant links of subsequent studies (on google scholar) that you can look to (of course, there are more but it’s not my job to do the work for you). The findings indicate that “The children in the group studied were unlikely to have been molested by identifiably gay or lesbian people.” Meaning anyone is capable of such behavior. So instead of focusing on sexual orientation, let’s look at man instead, I think that’s what God intended. Oh and here is the reference of this one article: “Jenny, Carole, Thomas A. Roesler, and Kimberly L. Poyer.”Are children at risk for sexual abuse by homosexuals?.” Pediatrics 94.1 (1994): 41-44.”

        We really must be cognizant of how our personal biases can stand in our way as leaders and teachers.

      • deal
        November 23, 2014

        If I were you Sir I would never comment on such keep it to yourself in life things happened.

      • The Facts
        November 24, 2014

        As much as you made these comments, those types of priests you mentioned were already that way. Those priests did not become so overnight. They had that tendency long before they approached the Church to join the priesthood.
        Unfortunately, Church authorities were not aware of that. Their private life was not investigated or that they hid their abnormal lifestyle from them. They joined the priesthood under false pretext.
        When they became parish priests, they could not resist their evil urges. These have embarrassed the Church in a worst manner and cost it much. Those who are knowledgeable, broadminded and enlightened will be fully aware of that.
        This is why you or anyone else should not generalize as if all priests practice this evil. There are some very good and holy priests. While I write this the US Catholic Radio is on. A priest is now speaking.
        The Church authorities are more careful in recruiting priests for the priesthood. They are doing their utmost to ensure that no new priests possess those evil tendencies and traits.
        A few years ago I read that Hitler said he will destroy the Catholic Church. He sent some very young men at the age of seventeen years to become priests. Some of these were homosexuals and pedophiles. Some of them eventually became bishops and other Church hierarchy. Some of them were the ones who were the unfaithful priests.
        I read a small book which is entitled Alta Vista. If you can get that book to read, it will give you some relevant information.
        As the late US Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, said on one of his radio programs which is re-broadcasted on Eternal Word Television Network – EWTN, TV and Radio, “Before God chastises the world, He will first cleanse His Church.” Well, this is what has been occurring. I consider similarly for those who renounce their Catholic Faith. It is a form of cleansing to get the redundant ones out of the Church with their own free will.
        However, keep in mind, some priests could be wrongly accused by those women. They hear that some of them got exorbitant sums of money, thanks to their lawyers, others want their share. This is what has been occurring throughout the world.
        I do believe in Fr. Lafleur’s case this is what occurred. If I am wrong, I ask God and God alone forgiveness. He knows our feeling and that some of us are in a doubt about this case and that the woman told the truth. Money can be the root of all evil and money corrupts.

      • November 24, 2014

        Lil: You failed to reply to my main argument when I said –

        There are more heterosexual priests than homosexual priests yet it is the lower number of homosexual priests who have committed the most sexual crimes against children in their case little boys or young under aged men. It is the homosexual priests who have cost the church multiplied millions (I have heard billions) of dollars.

        This is proof enough that homosexuals are more likely to molest children because this is a world wide example of it. The situation with priests is not limited to one country, or one province or state in a country, but is world wide in scope. It is something that cannot be refuted.

        As I have already stated the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy in 1092 stated “Homosexual men are three times more likely to engage in paedophilia.” For a statement like this to find its way into a professional magazine of this type it would have to be based – not on one or two small local findings – but on scientifically conducted research involving a reasonable number of people covering a significantly wide area. Has human nature changed since 1992? Or have sociological conditions changed enough since then to negate the 1992 findings? If either of these things are the case would you please provide this information for me?

        But there is more . Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, a US psychiatrist, said “Every priest whom I have treated who was involved with children had previously been involved in adult homosexual relationships.”

        In 1948 Alfred Kinsey found that 37% of gay men admitted to having sex with children.

        When a heterosexual is beginning to write in defence of gay “rights” for DNO they so often begin their comments by saying something like “I am not gay but…” Why is this? It is because they know homosexuality is wrong even when they are defending gay “rights”.

        How many of the people who say there is no connection between homosexuality and paedophilia would want a homosexual babysitting their son?

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

      • Lil
        November 25, 2014

        Rev Hill, in short, here is my response:
        1. Your opening argument is an opinion that may very well be correct but you offer no data/evidence to support it so it is opinion. Or it could very well be that the homosexual cases are the ones we hear about more often in the media so it appears that it is more likely than the same behavior commited by heterosexuals.

        2. In trying to put together my response to you I went to the past publications of the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy of 1992 but could not locate any alleged study or anything similar to this study you are talking about. I am hoping that you and I are referring to the same journal – The “Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy” – which is a peer reviewed journal that scholars publish in. In my first response to your post, I demonstrated that present day research (the present day body of research, not an isolated study) shows that your argument is flawed. Again I challenge you to use google scholar NOT google. I will add too that people even scholars are a product of their times, so it may well be that the 1992 study was one that was discredited, and the present day body of research refutes it, but I can’t make a determination because I couldn’t locate your article.

        3. I am not sure which aspect of Alfred Kinsey’s reports you are referring to but you can’t just selectively use information as you do, this is an example of trying to make data support your argument. So you say, “37% of gay men admitted to having sex with children” but what about heterosexual men? How many of these heterosexual men did the same? Or did you mean 37% out of 100%? So does that mean that 63% or homosexual men did not do such acts? What were you really trying to say? Furthermore, Kinsey’s work, although receiving much publicity, and a beginner in the discussion about morality and sexual behavior etc. has its methodological flaws. Please look it up, I do not have the space and time to go into it.

        4. So, I will tell you again, that there is no evidence of homosexual men being more ‘likely’ to abuse children than heterosexuals, and furthermore as Christians that should not be our argument. We should be equally be against abuse regardless of the sexual orientation. Does being more likely make one set a worse sinner than the other set who engage in the same behavior?

        5. One more thing, I’ve met many persons who do not have a problem with someone who is gay/lesbian babysitting their children, so my reality is different than yours.

        This is my final comment on this issue.

      • December 1, 2014

        Lil, you have said:

        “This is my final comment on this issue.”

        How convenient! You are allowing yourself to have the last word by making it impossible for me to respond to your comment. Also your last comment to me did not contain the usual REPLY opportunity at the end.

        But I will respond through this channel in the interest of academic honesty.

        The Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy presently publishes five times a year. I do not know how often they published in 1992. Unless you are use to doing this kind of research you may find it difficult to find a particular article or if you do find the article you may have a problem finding the statement or information you are looking for. The statement I gave may not be an exact quotation from the journal but the essence of what I said is there.

        I think the following will take you to the article you could not find. Please look for the information that homosexuals are three times as likely to assault children than heterosexuals, but do not necessarily expect an exact quotation as I gave it in my comments.

        K. Freund and R. J. Watson, The Proportions of Heterosexual and Homosexual Pedophiles among Sex Offenders against Children. An Exploratory Study. JOURNAL OF SEX AND MARITAL THERAPY. 18, no. 191/992)pp. 34-43.

        Re: Alfred Kinsey saying that 37% of gay men admitted to having sex with children. We are not saying that no heterosexual men have had sex with children. What we are saying is that the percentage of gay men who have been sexually involved with children is disproportionate.
        I do not have stats for the percentage of heterosexual men who have molested children but if anybody has evidence it is even near this figure please share it with me.

        Lil, you have commented on quotations I have given. But far from proving me wrong all you have done is comment without proving anything. Anybody could pluck a statement out of my comments and mull it over and this is all you have done. The references I have given still stand on their own merit as a warning against homosexuality which is a behavior or lifestyle God has forbidden in the Holy Scriptures of the New Testament according to Romans 1:26,27, 1 Corinthians 6:9,10, 1 Timothy 1:9,10, Jude vs. 7. Homosexuality is a proven factor in the spread of AIDs and a cause of other physical diseases and injuries. It contributes to mental disorders. Homosexuals have a higher than average suicide rate and are known to have a shorter life span.

        Much of the evidence for these things can be found in the book HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH by Jeffrey Satinover, M.D., who has practiced psychiatry for over 20 and has lectured at Harvard.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

    • sunflower
      November 23, 2014

      the bishop need to go back to st lucia

  130. DT.
    November 22, 2014

    They are more serious at home than in foreign country, good luck to father Regie I know him very well from Pointe Michel.

  131. # Dominican.#
    November 22, 2014

    Pray for the brother, bad things happens to Good people, he is human and is subject to some of the desires humans are subjected too. The moral of this story is when your neighbor`s house is on fire take water and douse yours. Seven times to fall seven times to rise, the stone that the builder refuse might become the main corner stone. God is good all the time, all the time God is good. Our prayers are with you.

  132. Hmmmmmm
    November 22, 2014

    This man was my parish priest for many years and had open relationships with women his age,. Many villagers knew that and buried their heads in the sand. The sad thing is I dont believe he is a pedophile and preyed on young girls when he had older women he was dating. Personally, I never liked him because he was preaching something he did not practice but I think he is getting a raw deal after all these years and being labelled a pedophile ( since she was 12 yrs at the time ). When it was blatant and open everyone kept their mouths shut.

    I want the church to investigate how many children these priest fathered in all these villages since the 50s…….

    • Lapuet
      November 22, 2014

      Would you prefer him to have affairs with men. Why comment now if you knew why you buried it? He does not need you to like him. Jesus loves him.

    • The Facts
      November 23, 2014

      You have not given this a good thought. Who was the pursuer? Women must comprehend that they are priests and yes, men who could easily be tempted. They must not get close to priests. Be friendly to them but do not allow themselves to be alone with them especially if they detect something more than priestly duties. Blame the women too. They will not escape God’s just judgment and recompense for placing themselves in that situation.

    • Judy Jones
      November 23, 2014

      It is not uncommon for priests to be sexual with adults and also be child predators.. tks, Judy Jones

    • GodistheonlyJudge
      November 23, 2014

      Can you prove this? Will we ever be free from slavery?

  133. Doc. Love
    November 22, 2014

    I am confused, the church spent thousands of dollars and time to educate the priest only to be dismissed on the strength of allegations. He has given approximately thirty years of service, I wonder, any pension, any compensation, any social security benefits. Right in our faces, their are priests who are allegedly doing worst, both politically and intimately. On behalf of the patriots, we wish you luck in your future endeavors. I understood, the priest was encouraged to run for the UWP in the Mahaut Constituency, had he taken the advice, the present embarrassment would not have been so hurtful.

    • GodistheonlyJudge
      November 22, 2014

      Dr Lov. Was he dismissed on the strength of the allegations? You see how you all Dominicans are victims of your own shortcomings? Is this what you read in the article? Jeez.

    • Lapuet
      November 22, 2014

      Oh boy really look stories? I thought it was skerrit that ask him to run. Rumors

  134. Ebeh
    November 22, 2014

    The deeds men do come back to haunt them. Sad, but true.

  135. badside
    November 22, 2014

    father do not worry with them only god can judge , but do not worry that woman will see no good . you were one of the best priest.

    • Fouchette
      November 23, 2014

      I see that you are playing God. You seem to know all the details of this incident and therefore can prove that the young lady is lying. You have already judged the case, proven the priest innocent and the woman a liar. Fouchette you talking!!!

  136. Partisan
    November 22, 2014

    Really sad but I guess thats just Karma! You inflict pain (emotional, Psychological, Physical…) Likewise you will eventually feel the same pain.

    I wonder what’s next for you… :?:

    • ParoInRoseau
      November 22, 2014

      What an idiot!!!!

    • Imagine that
      November 22, 2014

      Are you stupid? Or just stupid!?!?! Anyway, innocent people go to prison. He who has not sinned cast the first stone! You nor I was there and we don’t know the truth. Only, Father Lafleur, the girl and God. God has his way with people and this is Father Lafleur’s way…good things come from bad things!

      • Saddened
        November 23, 2014

        Very true, this is a teaching moment for us and the rest of the world.

    • November 22, 2014

      In the interest of public safety many people will be glad this case is finally settled and hopefully laid to rest after so long.

      On the other hand many of the faithful will wonder if there ever was a real threat to the public when they look closely at the actual nature of the allegation. A 12 year old girl is accusing a priest of making “sweet eyes” at her. What are “sweet eyes”? How objective is that? Obviously, the touching should not have happened. But this may be open to interpretation. It appears that unless there is information we are not privy to this was a one time offence in the life of the priest during 30 years of ministry.

      If the event happened as the woman says it did (the touching not the sweet eyes whatever that is) It should have been investigated by the police at the time and a charge should have been laid if the police thought the accusation would stand up in court. However, it seems the woman did not report it at the time. We wonder how accurate is her recollection after 19 years of something that happened when she was 12 years old.

      Some are wondering about the case being tried by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome. It seems the woman did not go to Rome to testify and be cross examined. Obviously, the authorities in Rome would have a problem calling witnesses or examining evidence in Dominica for something that is said to have happened 19 years ago. It seems all they had to go by was a written report from Bishop Malzaire based on letters he received from the woman, and maybe copies of the letters. At best (I am surmising) there may have been a telephone conference, or her recorded testimony. Few people in the secular justice system would think this is the proper way to hold court.

      The case against Fr. Lafleur would be further weakened if it can be shown that this is the only allegation that was brought against him in 30 years of ministry! Men who commit such offences against children are almost always repeat offenders. The condition often worsens with successive attacks being more serious than the previous one. They are difficult to treat and seldom truly cured.

      Let us pray for Fr. Lafleur, Bishop Malzaire, and the parish members the priest served. All of these in their own way are hurting. Let us pray for the woman who is involved. And we must pray for ourselves! None of us are beyond temptation. We all need the grace of God every day.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

    • Anonymous
      November 22, 2014

      Partisan, what you should be concerned about is what next for you? God will deal with Fr. Lafleur for He knows what happened. Our concern is to make sure our life is right and stop placing our ‘ wonderings’ in the wrong place.

    • Eyeballs
      November 22, 2014

      Leave the man alone…. don’t rejoice on the downfall of others, especially those who have not done you wrong. Pray that the day goes on well for them. None of us knows what will happen to us in the next minute etc

    • The Facts
      November 23, 2014

      Ask yourself. What is next for you? :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

    • D/can
      November 23, 2014

      Who in the heck disliked this comment? 21 people either didnt read properly of thinks he is innocent.

    • GodistheonlyJudge
      November 23, 2014

      What is next for you Partisan? Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life’s been showing you? Do you know? Do you?

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