Msgr. Lafleur’s alleged sexual misconduct matter heads to Rome

Parishioners in Grand Bay demonstrating earlier this year in what they say was in solidarity with La Fleur
Parishioners in Grand Bay demonstrating earlier this year saying they were in solidarity with La Fleur

Bishop of Roseau, Gabriel Malzaire, has said that an alleged sexual conduct case involving Grand Bay parish priest, Msgr. Reginald La Fleur, will be referred to the Vatican in Rome for a decision to be made.

A decision on the matter will be made by an office of the Catholic Church called the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, after a local review board concluded it was “beyond our competence,” according to the bishop.

“The situation regarding Monsignor Reginald La Fleur and the allegations of sexual abuse of a minor has caused much pain to everyone, let alone the accused and the alleged victim,” Malzaire said in a statement on DBS Radio on Friday.

He said a local Diocesan Review Board has been looking into the matter for a year now and it has concluded that the case “is beyond our competence and therefore according to the norms of the church, needs to be referred to the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, the office in Rome, which deals with those matters, for a decision.”

The bishop called on all the faithful on the island to pray for God’s guidance “in this special time of need.”

“I solicit the prayerful support and cooperation of the parishioners of St. Patrick to help build the parish in a way that God desires. Let us continue to pray for Monsignor La Fleur and the alleged victim and the entire diocese in this special time of need; we pray also for patience and divine guidance towards a just resolution to this issue,” he said.

Malzaire said Msgr. William Jno Lewis will act as parish priest until the matter is brought to a closure.

The matter surfaced in June after a woman, who is referred to as ‘Jane Doe’ in correspondence to Malzaire, alleged that she was the victim of abuse as a teen, by La Fleur, 19 years ago while he served in Portsmouth.

The parish priest was sent on administrative leave while the local review board looked into the matter. However, the decision did not go down well with parishioners who described the bishop’s decision as ‘dictatorial.’ They subsequently demonstrated outside the church in Grand Bay calling for La Fleur’s reinstatement.

The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith was founded in 1542 with the aim to “spread sound Catholic doctrine and defend those points of Christian tradition which seem in danger because of new and unacceptable doctrines”.

It investigates crimes which the church describes as ‘serious’ including crimes against the sixth Commandment (“thou shall not commit adultery”) committed by a cleric against a person under the age of eighteen.

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192 Comments

  1. cont
    October 15, 2013

    men will be men

  2. well said
    October 15, 2013

    strupes!!!! oh please! seriously??
    All these foreign priests who end up in scandals on cnn and the others, their stories ending up in Rome for any decision making? the priest that was caught in a parking lot or wherever over the weekend masturbating with his lube and cock rings, soliciting oral sex from a member of the public his story going to vatican? strupes
    ‘vog zaw leh’

  3. Ben Dong#-?`~
    October 15, 2013

    That priest must be high ranking to have his case called in Rome. That put him next to Paul? He might get to see Caesar Augustus and Festus.

  4. Justice and Truth
    October 14, 2013

    Throughout the years, attending Catholic spiritually-filled prayerful gatherings, thanks be to God, I was fortunate to get some Catholic information which I pass on to others and as circumstances permit.
    We know what Our Lord also said: Luke 12:48 – Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” I have considered this. This is one of them, to pass on the information:

    Criticism of Priests
    Our Lord Jesus Christ’s revelations to Mutter Vogel:
    “One should NEVER attack a priest, even when he is in error, rather one should pray and do penance that “I will grant him My grace again. He alone fully represents Me, even when he does not live after My example!”
    When a Priest falls we should extend him a helping hand THROUGH PRAYER AND NOT THROUGH ATTACKS! I myself will be his judge, NO ONE BUT I!”
    “Whoever voices judgment over a priest has voiced it over me, child, never let a Priest be attacked, take up his defense.” (Feast of Christ the King 1937) “Child, NEVER JUDGE YOUR CONFESSOR, RATHER PRAY MUCH FOR HIM AND OFFER EVERY THURSDAY, THROUGH THE HANDS OF My Blessed Mother, Holy Communion (for Him) (18:6:1939). “Never again accept an out-of-the way word about a Priest, and speak no unkind word (about him) EVEN IF IT WERE TRUE! Every Priest is My Vicar and My heart will be sickened and insulted because of it! If you hear a judgment (against a Priest) pray a Hail Mary! (28.6.1939).
    “If you see a Priest who celebrates the Holy Mass unworthily then say nothing about him, rather tell it to Me alone! I stand beside Him on the Altar!” “Oh pray much for My Priests, that they’ll love purity above all, that they will celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with pure hands and heart. Certainly the Holy Sacrifice is one and the same even when it is celebrated by an unworthy priest, but the graces called down upon the people is not the same! (28.2.1938).
    Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for them!
    THE PRIESTHOOD IS A MASTERPIECE OF CHRISTS’S DIVINE LOVE, WISDOM AND POWER!
    NEVER ATTACK A PRIEST!
    Jesus, Mary, I love You, Save Souls!

    • looking
      October 14, 2013

      How are so sure that this came from Jesus? Why don’t you use scripture to support your claim?

      • Justice and Truth
        October 15, 2013

        If you call yourself a religious person, you should be smart enough to know that we cannot go wrong praying and for especially those who are in need of, in distress and going through trial and tribulations. This is one of our Christian obligation.
        Some of you in Dominica are ignorant of alot. You do not get these matters. I have mailed some relevant information to my family and friends in Dominica and wherever else they reside in the world. I have been told, we do not get these things here. I have them and I distribute them as I could. They are not made up, fictional stories. They are facts which truly occurred.
        You better believe it! I have some more information, messages of Our Lord to the saints, all documented facts in books and literature.
        You want me to send the original information to you? :twisted:
        Some of you doubt everything that is Catholic and Catholic matters. Anything that is not Catholic and does not pertain to it, you believe. This is the height of ignorance.
        I am urging you to believe it! For as Our Lord Jesus Christ is listening to you, all these Catholic matters you doubt and renounce will be revealed to you and those others when you die to your regret, if not eternally.
        If you were weak of spirit and knowledge to renounce your Catholic faith, you are missing out on alot. Mark my words!
        For your ignorance, hatred of the Catholic Church, Its members and teachings, take care you do not miss eternal life in God’s Glorious Kingdom of everlasting bliss.
        My final response is always, pray to God for discernment and do not allow those false prophets of our time whom Our Lord knows, to deceive you and deprive you of the truth.
        Our Lord established His Church on earth. He said and gave much to His Church and those who are Its members.
        The Catholic Church has the answer and always will to the end of time, given to It by Our Lord Jesus Christ – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Amen!

    • 4progress
      October 15, 2013

      @Justice & Truth…you are not convincing or converting anyone with your bible diatribe. If you were so sure of yourself and more importantly your points you would settle for 6 sentences.

      I think DNO has given you enough fishing line to exhaust yourself, it is time to relax and try a different job, because you not good at this one.

      NO MAN IS INFALLIBLE, WE ALL ARE SINNERS!!!

    • what i say is true
      October 15, 2013

      Girl you are so sick, you need healp.

    • October 15, 2013

      Justice and Truth.

      Hello you are really brain washed and you must stop worshiping men and statues . Please open your eyes and your mind.

    • well said
      October 15, 2013

      @ justice and truth, you need professional mental help
      that is all

  5. Justice and Truth
    October 14, 2013

    Read the life of St. Francis of Assisi to know how he treated a fallen Priest and how we should treat them, should they fall. I saw the movie.

    A Prayer For Priests

    Keep them, I pray Thee, dearest Lord,
    Keep them, for they are Thine –
    Thy priests whose lives burn out before Thy Consecrated Shrine.
    Keep them, for they are in the world, though from the world apart;
    When earthly pleasures tempt, allure, – shelter them in thy heart.
    Keep them, and comfort them in hours of loneliness and pain,
    When all their life of sacrifice for souls seems but in vain.
    Keep them, and O remember, Lord, they have no one but Thee,
    Yet they have only human hearts, with human frailty.
    Keep them as spotless as the Host, that daily they caress;
    Their every thought and word and deed,
    Deign, dearest Lord, to bless them.

    Our Father…, Hail Mary… Mary Queen of the Clergy pray for them!
    Imprimatur: D. Card. Doughtery, Archbishop of Philadelphia

  6. John paul
    October 14, 2013

    Why are we thinking the Church is the Authority to deal with this? Have we not heard of the Police and the Court?
    Taking this through the Church is an attempt to hide it from the Public eye ,besides have You heard of the Fox guarding the hen house?
    Priests are not above the law !They have gotten away with this from time immemorial this has to change .I am not referring to this case specifically but it should be known by the Citizens of Dominica if a Priest is alleged to have abused someone that report along with the evidence must be taken to the Police and the abused must have their day in court and the alleged abuser will have His right to a defense.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 15, 2013

      What do you have against the Catholic Church in general? You should not use that name, John Paul, for it does not belong to you. I would think you are blaspheming. :twisted: :mrgreen:
      Some of you are so ignorant in these matters. Know the truth and what is contained in Holy Scripture. Study it! FOR GOD’S SAKE AND THAT OF YOUR SOULS, EVEN WHILE YOU ARE ALIVE, PRACTICE IT AND LIVE IT!

      1 Corinthians 6:1:6 – Lawsuits before Unbelievers – How can anyone of you with a case against another dare to bring it to the unjust for judgment instead of to the holy ones? Do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world? If the world is to be judged by you, are you unqualified for the lower law courts. Do you not know that we will judge angels? Then why not everyday matters? If, therefore, you have courts for everyday matters, do you sit as judges people of no standing in the church? I say this to shame you. Can it be that there is not one among you wise enough to be able to settle a case between brothers? But rather, brother goes to court against brother, and this before unbelievers?
      1 Corinthians 6:7:8 – Now indeed, it is a failure on your part that you have lawsuits against one another. Why not rather put up with injustice? Why not rather let yourself be cheated? Instead you inflict injustice and cheat, and this to brothers.
      1 Corinthians 7:9:10 – Do you know that the unjust will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived, neither fornicators or idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor practicing homosexuals nor thieves nor the greedy nor the drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the Kingdom of God.

      IT IS IN THE BIBLE!!!

      You who say you know the Bible, take note of the above. People are ignoring Holy Bible and following the ways of the world. God will hold you accountable. You will pay for this before God!

  7. Malgraysa
    October 14, 2013

    What I don’t understand is why this matter has to go to Rome for judgement. If an offence was committed why can’t the normal courts handle this. These church courts make me uneasy and make me think of the taliban and their sjarija law. Are churches above the law?

    • Justice and Truth
      October 15, 2013

      You will never comprehend it. Therefore, it is no use making you wise. You do not have that type of mind. Pray to God for enlightenment.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 15, 2013

      It is no use “trying to make you wise.”

  8. DFR
    October 14, 2013

    It is very easy to criticize when one does not agree with either the subject at hand or the comments. However there always seem to have some regular contributors who regularly seem to inject politics into everything; especially those hiding behind aliases. Do us a favor stick to the topic at hand.
    DFR

  9. Anonymous
    October 14, 2013

    In the mist of all of this, where is the police investigation. Has the the girl reported this “abuse” to the police to deal with. The police are in a better position to investigate, collect evidence and reach an outcome.

    Dispatching the case to Rome by the bishop will only take years when everyone’s memory is “foggy” or circumstances change.

    Chief of Police PLEASE HELP US SORT THIS ONE OUT FOR THE SAKE OF ALL PARTIES INVOLVE OR INTERESTED IN THIS CASE

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT

  10. October 14, 2013

    Who are the members of the Diocesane Review Board as described by the Bishop. Can the public and catholics in general know the members, or are they hiding behind the Bishop’s cloak. I hope they do what Pope Francis say to do, leave their high horse and come down the rocky road, and don’t make statements detrimental to the innocent. My Bishop, you say one year since this is investigated, and you did not send it to Rome, but sent the alleged victim to Trinidad instead? Why did you insist on sending someone that later put a rope around your neck to pay up? Unless you thought,”OK, I have Lafleur where I wanted him”. Let him think with all his doctorate he will become Bishop, and Rome will send me somewhere else”? Better come good, my Bishop! Another thing, every sunday Monseignor Thomas preaching about what catholics saying about the Bishop, but he aint saying what catholics saying about Lafleur! Wicked, but that politics will and must stop. In the 70’s Thomas was shouting FREEDOM against LABOUR, and in the 2013, he shouting LABOUR against WORKERS. There will be more Auguistes’ and Harris’ to let Thomas have it like in the 70’s when they were standing up to him. What GOES around COMES around.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 15, 2013

      So stupid and senseless! :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:
      What goes around comes around for you too! It is coming! :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  11. Mane
    October 14, 2013

    Hello. The Catholics system is a hypocritical system. Allow Priests to get married. They have feelings to. They need sex just as everyone else. Make provision for them. The Catholic system have created sexual beast that often prey on those who are often most vulnerable the young.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 15, 2013

      If there is a hypocrite, you are one of them, smack in the middle. You are condemning yourself before God. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  12. kunoo mounoo
    October 14, 2013

    is rome the only entity that can investigate a priest,does the law of dominica have no meaning to a priest,if someone in this country is accused of a crime they should be invesitgated by our police,not rome

    • Justice and Truth
      October 15, 2013

      The Law and the police cannot even investigate themselves. You are now giving them a back seat and not harassing them for a change and calling them all sorts of derogatory names. They should be happy about that this lull from the Dominican public. :twisted: :mrgreen:

  13. Talltall
    October 13, 2013

    God is the only one who forgives sins. In his word in says “Come now and let us reason together,” says the Lord,
    “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18). I know father Reggie you have been to the throne of grace, Do not fear God will see you through this.

    To the young lady i feel you pain and if that really happen to you i know it is not easy to let go of…. i think it is time you also forgive and let go on the load that you have been carry along with you. Seek the Lord and ask him to release you of your pain.

    Father Reggie you are on administrative leave from the church but not from preaching the Word of God. The Bishop CANNOT stop you from preaching…… Go out and continue to preach. I recommend you start your own church. The word of God has no boundaries…. MAy God Bless you and Keep you and MAy his face continue to shine upon you.

  14. Judy Jones
    October 13, 2013

    The very brave woman, who came forward and exposed this priest, is to be commended for her courage and for her determination to help protect children today. She feels very much alone in a country who will not accept that Msgr. Reginald La Fleur could do such a horrible thing to a child.

    Yes, it can be very upsetting for loyal parishioners to hear this about their beloved priest, and they do not want to believe that La Fleur has sexually abused a child. It was a rude awakening for me, when I learned that my brother and several of my relatives were sexually abused by our long time parish priest who baptized me and who married me. That was very hard for me to understand and accept.

    BUT
    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 a child. They have to be this way, in order
    to not get caught and to continue to abuse

    Sexual predators are often powerful and well-loved. 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. While they are grooming the child and even family members, they devote lots of time and energy building trust with them by giving them money and gifts. They tend to make the child feel that they are special and loved.

    Also, we must stop thinking that because a man is old, that somehow he’s
    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 around kids.

    It is extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many.
    Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever.

    This is why we urge others who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Msgr. Reginald La Fleur to please speak up and report it to law enforcement, not the church officials. They are not the proper officials to be investigation child sex crimes.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
    “SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

  15. Anonymous
    October 13, 2013

    I just want to know one thing: If the Bishop was told by a woman that a priest sexually molested her when she was a minor, why is this criminal matter being investigated/judged in ROME? Did this not happen in DOMINICA? So when is it going to be reported to the DOMINICA police? Is there not some charge which can be laid against people who have come by information of a criminal matter and do not report this criminal matter to the authorities? Should State Law be superseded by canon Law?

    • October 15, 2013

      All good points.

      (1) It is a CRIMINAL matter. Why is it (as far as we know) being investigated only by the church and not by the police :?:

      (2)Why is it being investigated in Rome so far away from any witnesses or evidence :?:

      (3 People – tax paying citizens – are asking “Is there or is there not – a law in Dominica that requires an adult to report to the police if he or she knows of a sexual assault against a child or minor :?:”

      (4) They want to know “If not why not :?:

      (5) They want to know “If not when will such a law be put in place :?:

      (6) I am not a Roman Catholic so I cannot speak for what they call “canon law”. In my church we believe:

      (a) The church has the God given authority to make rules to govern its own members and clergy, etc. but these rules must be according to – and in harmony with – the Bible which is the Word of God. This is why we have no church rule that says a pastor cannot be married! We are to obey these rules if we wish to be in communion with the church. (Hebrews 13:7 and 17).

      (b) God has given human governments delegated Divine authority to make and enforce laws that are according to – and in harmony with – the Bible which is the Word of God. (Romans 13:1-7) We are to support our government and obey the civil laws just as we would obey the laws of God! There are possible exceptions. If a civil law was passed that required us to disobey God – a law that would hinder us from practicing our faith – we would not have to – nor should we – obey that law! To see one example of this you would compare Matthew 28:18-20 with Acts 4:18-20. Otherwise we must obey the laws of the land because in fact they are God’s laws.

      Certainly the civil authorities; government, police, and courts SHOULD and MUST prosecute any person who commits a crime even if it is a bishop, priest, pastor, or evangelist! We are no different, no better, no higher than anybody else when it comes to the laws of the land. We are not above the law.

      If I committed a sexual assault against anybody – but especially, God forbid – against a minor – my bishop (in Canada we call him the superintendent) would support my arrest. No chance of me being transferred to another pulpit.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Pentecostal Evangelist.

  16. Alas
    October 13, 2013

    Dominicans need to realize that being a priest does not give anyone immunity. An allegation was made and it has to be properly investigated by the Church to find the truth. An investigation is in the best interest of all involved.

  17. TW
    October 13, 2013

    This stinks of a personal Vendetta to me. The fact that it became public knowledge so early on in the investigation alone is mindboggling

    These things are usually handled behind closed doors quickly and efficiently however it has been in the limelight so long If I didn’t know better i would have thought it was concluded

    • Justice and Truth
      October 13, 2013

      This is not what the woman wanted. She is looking for money from the Catholic Church. Why else would she go public with it and to the Media? She appears to be a bitter person who has an axe to grind.
      If she were a discreet person she would not have gone public. The fact that she did such a thing she did not want it or allow it to be settled “quickly, efficiently and privately”. She knew what she was and is up to. Money is involved.
      God will take care of all of them who are involved in tarnishing the priest’s name and also the Catholic Church. Their day is coming and who knows, sooner than they expect. On Judgment Day, there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth to their regret.

      • ..........
        October 15, 2013

        You that so called Justice and Truth ( LIAR) just staying and say what you want? You read other people in the know who spoke of money, and bam you stating she went public for money! When and where did she go public with the matter? You don’t even know about the situation, how it came out, and the person, you simply read other people’s postings and come back and vomit what parts of it suit you. It’s the same way you have repeating Lennox Linton didn’t graduate Grammar School because he was violent, a blasted lie told by a few clowns. Likewise you did the same thing with the Alcapone situation, claiming his sons mother instructed them to lie on him, because she told them they would get Alcapones’ house should he end up in prison. You don’t even know the people or their heartache. Stop lying and then still quoting bible. You are a very, very twisted individual. Have several seats in the stadium, sakway mantey!

    • sindy
      October 14, 2013

      I support this statement. I hate this church now. To many wicked people.

      One mistake and everybody on the man’s back. Wicked souls. All u forget all the demons he removed on some of all u. wicked souls!!!

      Father take courage

      • Justice and Truth
        October 15, 2013

        What Church do you hate? Fr. Lafleur is a member of this Church. You say one thing and then say another. As St. Paul said, “Let your yes be yes and your no be no.”
        If you hate the Catholic Church, you will be in for a lot of trouble and surprises and will condemn yourself to all eternity for this is the Church Our Lord established on earth which is why it is so hated and persecuted and such things are happening to it.
        The Catholic Church will come out strong and triumph when on that inevitable day, its enemies will be wailing and gnashing their teeth forever. Take note!
        No church on earth is superior to the Catholic Church! They are not even at par or anywhere near it for Our Lord did not establish them.

  18. Cyrique
    October 13, 2013

    I think that this is the right thing to do if that’s in line with the complaints procedure. I also hope that we accept the outcome whatever it is so that we can have closure and move on.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 13, 2013

      Pope Francis I will not hear the views of others who knew this woman. I may very well write him and inform him of what I read about her that he will go further in his investigation, right to Portsmouth when she was a child and her lifestyle later as an adult. Do not think her side will be taken sitting down.

  19. me me me
    October 13, 2013

    It seems like every time someone agrees with LaFleur, it ends with:
    He did this for me, he did that for my family etc. put yourself on the back burner for once and think clearly about the issue at hand. Think about both parties involved logically and realize that you and your family are not a part of this case.

    • John paul
      October 14, 2013

      The Good that You do does not cancel the Bad !If You sow good You reap good and if You sow bad You reap bad.
      Whatever You sow so shall Ye reap

      • Justice and Truth
        October 15, 2013

        The same goes for you. Are you sowing good that you will reap good?

  20. >>>>>>>>>>
    October 13, 2013

    I do not support the disrespect of the church ground by those who are drunk, those who who want to fight, those who are in their carnival spirit, by those who are using profane language, etc, etc, etc,.. It is WRONG, and those who know better should say it BOLDLY to those concerned that the disrespect for the authority of the church, and the disrespect of the church in general, all in the name of protest SHOULD STOP.
    I AM SURE FR LAFLEUR DOES NOT SUPPORT THAT MADNESS!
    THIS TYPE OF PROTEST IS SHAMEFUL!

    • John paul
      October 14, 2013

      what else can You be sure about ?
      Can You be sure that any Man when given absolute power over others with no watch Dog will not in time abuse such power ?
      People open Your eyes You can show respect to Men who hold High places but not for one moment think that they can if You turn a blind eye be abusive of that position of high esteem which You have given unto them or accepted that they hold

      • Justice and Truth
        October 15, 2013

        Speak for yourself. Cease generalizing. :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  21. Fear
    October 13, 2013

    There are many girls that can come forward but is to afraid ,because of how some Dominican behave.am a shame of some of you.I know about 2 woman that went through that same thing and when they heard this they wanted to come forward ,but when they saw how people are reacting they change their mind.you all must remember the priest is human and only God is perfect.so before all you make many more priest, pastor, teachers, policeman,politician or just your everyday so call upstanding man in your commuinty get away with such behavior, do the right thing.cause your children will be next or your children ,children ,your sister or even your niece.please remember we are all human ,give the people who are hurting the respect to heal and don’t bash them,cause the next victim will stay quite and allow the bad things to go on to another person.who feels it knows it.God is good.

  22. jesus
    October 13, 2013

    I do not see the need to take this to Rome. as the people say, “only god can judge me”. what are they going to do in Rome? are they god? they cannot do anything if Dominicans in itself cant. then, I was a catholic. raised in Portsmouth and loved Fr. La fleur. he was a very good priest and down to earth. I cannot judge. I cannot say that the lady is telling a lie or if she is speaking the truth. only Fr. Regie and the woman knows who is speaking the truth no one else. I do not see the need to bash on the woman. I was a vivtim of rape to. NO NOT BY FATHER REGIE. and when I cam forward no one believed me. up till this day, this man is still in society living his life. deep down in his heart, he knows that he did it. as he was my relative. I hate to see things like that go unpunished. so if father regie actually did it, the woman has a right to speak up and let truth be and punishment be served. I love father regie, but right is right.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2013

      Prior to judging him, they must wait for the verdict. There are two sides to a story.
      Some people, judge and condemn him. This is what many did on this Website when DNO posted the article. They went so far as to speak evil against other priests, some of whom are good priests. They forget that they are human and are by no means perfect as God knows for nothing is hidden from him. Furthermore they who cannot foresee the future have children and who knows how their children will turn out including other relatives and themselves.

    • pure Dominican
      October 14, 2013

      I support this. The Bishop could have handled the situation behind closed doors.

  23. Jail-corrupt-leaders
    October 13, 2013

    We getting skerrit a break why not LaFleur, pastor bj did it so did pastor rodney, this LaFleur case is personal the man is a popular priest and they jealous of him.

    • Fear
      October 13, 2013

      that does not make it right.we need to think before we write.wrong is wrong and in this case no one has been found guilty.so lets just pray and wish that this mess gets cleaned up.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2013

      I tend to believe that. A person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
      Our Lord Jesus Christ said: “Forgive one another.” He also said: “Unless you forgive, neither will My Heavenly Father forgive you.”
      He also spoke about an eye for an eye. That is what some people want, those who call themselves Christians. People are not obeying God and His Commandments. How can they expect him to forgive them?
      Our Lord said: “Hypocrites!” Well did Isaiah say: “These people honor Me with their lips but their hearts are far from Me. In vain do they worship Me.”
      This is what the Lord said and commanded! They who say they know the Bible, who teach and preach the Bible should live by the Bible and up to it for God is taking vindictive and unforgiving people and for something which occurred 18 years ago! My Lord! Oh my! They are spiritually sick people with no heart and compassion. Their hearts are hard and evil.
      Woe to all those people as also this woman and those who encouraged her. Those who haul the priests to Court as they call themselves Christians. I want absolutely nothing to do with such people.
      In fact, God looks with disdain on them. They are the scandalizers of the twenty first century. It will not be good for them later on. She better feel sorry for herself for the worse for her is yet to come including those who encourage her and are her sympathizers.

      • Justice and Truth
        October 14, 2013

        DNO, your server or someone at your office changes words that I wrote while I am writing them. This is not the first time. It has occurred many times and I have written your office about it. Do I have an enemy at your work place? Does the Catholic Church have an enemy at your place of business? Does God have an enemy at your work place?
        Please tell me it is not so!

        For instance, this is what I wrote: “They are vindictive and unforgiving people and for something which occurred 18 years ago!”

        Note where the words “vindictive and unforgiving” appeared: “…preach the Bible should live by the Bible and up to it for God is taking vindictive and unforgiving people…”

        How could this be? It is not what I wrote! This is totally wrong! I have never seen or experienced such and not anywhere else but on your Website:

        IT IS NOT WHAT I WROTE! SOMEONE IS CHANGING MY WORDS TO CONTRADICT WHAT I WRITE AND MAKE IT LOOK OUT OF PLACE! WHOEVER IS DOING THIS PLEASE STOP IT! IT IS NOT FAIR! ALL THE TIME I HAVE TO PROOFREAD OVER AND OVER AGAIN! LETTERS AND WORDS ARE CHANGING. I BELIEVE YOUR SERVER OR ONE OF YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE TAMPERING WITH MY WRITING.
        ANYWAY, THE LORD HAS TAKEN NOTE AND KNOWS WHO IS DOING THIS!

    • John paul
      October 14, 2013

      I am not jealous of Fr. La Fleur,I would not like to be in His shoes especially not with this new Pope in the Vatican.
      What can People be jealous of fr. La Fleur for ?Because He is spiritually advanced or because He have material goods and attributes? Tell me Please !

      • Justice and Truth
        October 15, 2013

        Just leave Fr. Lafleur alone. If you are Catholic you should know better. If you are not a Catholic, you are an enemy of the Catholic Church as you depict on this Website. Therefore, stay out of its business. This situation has absolutely nothing to do with you. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  24. pool lacour
    October 13, 2013

    Those womaen should check their dressing..the tight short dresses and PANTS they wearing to go to church like is warehouse they going.The other sunday i saw some women going to the catholic church in Canefield with some three quarter pants and trust me the priest should have sent them home to change…

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2013

      I agree with you. This is a source of conversation which I always bring up. The priests should speak to the entire congregation about this immodest attire. It is scandalous. They do not even give it a thought that they are going into the Consecrated House of the Lord, His Palace. This is why some of them remain as they are or go from bad to worst. They do not appear to have the blessing and grace of God. They only go to Church for the sake of going. I could state more.
      A US Priest on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) spoke about it. I taped this Homily. One thing he said: “If you (they) go to Church dressed in such a manner, how could they progress spiritually?

      This is a world-side situation. They are disrespectful to the Lord, to the priests and to the congregation.
      Pope Francis I may change all that. I would also like to write to him about that for it is a disgrace and a soresight. This is something I would like to address in a book as well.
      In Toronto, I spoke to the parish priest about it. I gave him relevant information about modesty in Church. He placed it in the church bulletin. I told him not everyone reads the church bulletin and that he should mention it on the pulpit. It is as if they are afraid to mention it. Is it any wonder the Church is in this dilemma, this mess? Those who dress immodestly to Church contribute to it. I have seen it and realized it.
      You keep dressing modestly. The Lord expects this of us. He will bless you for that. The others who dress immodestly to go to Church, men or women will not receive God’s blessing.
      The late US Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen said: “Before God cleanses the world, He will cleanse His Church first.”
      Well, this is what is occurring in our Church. God is cleansing His Church and some of them are not aware of that. Reason too, why some renounced their Catholic Faith and joined other religions. God has cleansed them from His Church who are not building It up and defending It of all. They should know that.
      God bless you!

    • BRAIN DAMAGE
      October 14, 2013

      Mybe he got hard on that scenario.

    • John paul
      October 14, 2013

      Well if that is how You feel You should ask the priest to speak up and hopefully He will send them home but to which home/ His or theirs?

  25. D/can to de bone(f)
    October 13, 2013

    Monsignor La Fleur should have called on his parishioners to behave in a manner as christians and god fearing people.

    let the investigation takes it course. We all know the amount of scandal that have taken place in the catholic church all over the world where the church has been established, Dominica is no exception,these crimes make have been commmitted here to, but the norm of day was the victims was scared to tell no one.Who was there to accused a priest in Dominica in those days.

    I remember my grandmother saying in her days certain prist(s) would try touching girls inapporately…..

  26. Faithful & Fair
    October 13, 2013

    I am not Dominican but as a fellow Catholic in the region I have been closely following this case. I have noticed that most of the comments here are rarely backed up by facts. I have also noticed the Bishop has never made public these “official” procedures he seems to be following, so I did my own research and I would advise everyone else to read the documents below to get a better understanding of what is happening. The Caribbean Bishops Conference has these documents publicly available on their website: http://www.aecrc.org/documents/vaticanguide_procedures_sexabuseallegations.doc
    These are the rules that bishop is suppose to be following:http://www.aecrc.org/documents/commonnorms_aecdiocesanpolicies_sexabuseallegations.pdf

    This quote from Article 12 of the Norms is very interesting. Basically it is saying the allegation doesn’t have to be proven, as long as it “seems” to be true the bishop has to refer the matter directly to Rome and Rome only advises about what to do next, they may not necessarily make a judgment. They may require the bishop to have a trial. So my question is why did it take a whole year to determine if it could possibly be true. The fact that they put the priest on leaves proves that they felt there was some truth to it.

    Here is the quote: “…if the results of the preliminary investigation lead to the conclusion that the information obtained at least seems to be true of commission of an offense, the diocesan bishop is no longer competent to proceed with the case in conformity with canon 1718. He must refer the case, including his votum, to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Congregation which will determine the course of action to be taken on the basis of information it has received from the diocese and will inform the diocesan bishop of its decision and the future course of action.”

    • Apostolic
      October 13, 2013

      Thanks for that info,,,,,

    • John paul
      October 14, 2013

      . Furthermore, if civil law of a
      particular country requires reporting of such allegations to designated authority within its jurisdiction, the Delegate should report to that authority such allegations.

      I would suggest that the Bishop turn over this case to the Police

      • Northern Gal
        October 14, 2013

        We have no civil law that requires this! The police can and will do nothing. Please show me where in the law books of Dominica it states that these crimes committed 20 years ago must be reported to the authorities. if this is the case then half of the Dominican men should be in jail.

  27. October 13, 2013

    First I read 8-O the update in DNO, along with the comments. Then I posted my own comments.

    I have just read the update and the comments again
    for a second time.

    Here is something that troubles me. In all that is said pro and con there seems to be very little objectivity. :idea:

    Those who think they must be good and loyal Catholics and defend every priest who is accused of wrong doing have no interest in even knowing the facts. :-?

    Those who are angry over all the priests who have assaulted children assume the man is guilty and nothing could convince them otherwise. :twisted:

    You are both wrong. All that matters is the evidence. And this is difficult to get with only one witness after nearly twenty years. :oops:

    If other people know anything it could only be people this woman told about the alledged incident and that would be people in the Caribbean. Any additional evidence would also have to be gathered from near where the assault is alledged to have taken place. This is why it is raising eyebrows to have the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome take over the investigation. Here is another thing. Is the lady going to Rome to give testimony and be cross examined? It sounds too much like the church has already decided what their verdict will be but they feel it is safer for it to come from far away – namely from the Vatican. That way nobody in the Caribbean gets blamed. Catholics will be able to forgive the bishop and it will soon be business as usual!

    The issue is not do you LIKE the priest or do you NOT like him.

    For those who like him it seems he could do no wrong. For those who don’t like him he is already guilty.

    It does not matter if you like or dislike the man. What matters is whether or not he is guilty. And this must be based either on a guilty plea from the priest, or evidence.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Pentecostal Evangelist.

    • Apostolic
      October 13, 2013

      Very reasonab

    • The Authorites
      October 14, 2013

      You say “What matters is whether or not he is guilty. And this must be based either on a guilty plea from the priest, or evidence.”

      There are numerous people who have been sexually abused by priests in Dominica but the religious system here actually punishes any victim for making such an accusation.

      The unavailability of evidence or a guilty plea does not necessarily prove innocence.

      We the Authorities will be requesting if Mr. Lafleur would agree to a polygraph test.

      • October 15, 2013

        A guily plea from the priest or evidence is the only thing that PROVES guilt.

        However, a person CAN be guilty and yet there be NO guilty plea or apparent evidence. So you are right. An absence of a guilty plea or of evidence does not PROVE innocence. But it does make a legal conviction impossible. :roll:

        You have said “…the religious system here actually punishes any victim for making such an accusation.” I am not familar with the Roman Catholic system in Dominica so I am not qualified to agree or disagree with this statement. But I have followed the cases of priestly sexual abuse for years in Canada and the U.S.A. and this sadly :cry: causes me to say you are probably right.

        The church should investigate for the purpose of determining if the priest should be allowed to continue in his priestly duties or if he should be defrocked. If the priest IS guilty the church should FIRST take definate steps to provide practical comfort and counseling for the victim and THEN do whatever can be done to help the priest overcome his problem.

        The Congregation for the Docrine of the Faith in Rome is too far away to access either the witnesses or the evidence if such does exist. Is the woman going to go to Rome to give testimony and be cross examined? Not likely! Of course what the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith could do is either hand down their own pre-decided verdict, OR rubber stamp whatever Bishop Malzaire sends to them! This way nobody in Dominica can blame the bishop and life will go on. 8)

        However, if the alledged offence broke a law in Dominica – it is more than a CHURCH matter. It is a CRIMINAL matter. It should be investigated by the POLICE. In fact it would have been wise for the church to wait for a POLICE investigation and base their own actions upon the verdict of the court.

        In my country anybody who knows of a sexual assault against a minor is required by law to immediately report it to the police. When I worked as a pastor in an inner city church and then as a paid pastoral counselor in a large health center I was very aware of this. Not to report an alledged sexual offence against a minor was (and is) in itself a serious criminal offence in Canada. Many people feel the bishop had a moral (if not a legal) obligation to immediately place this allegation in the hands of the police.

        This would protect priests against false accusations. The woman would be less apt to make a false accusation against a priest if she knew it would be investigated by the police and would have to stand up in court.

        On the other hand if the story is true she would be less afraid to come forward if she knew she would be talking to the police who tend to be victim friendly, and would not have to face the scorn of the bishop who (it seems) has an obligation to protect the priests and the reputation of the church.

        Nobody is above the law or the civil courts. Christians believe God has delegated to governments the authority and responsibility to make and enforce laws that are in harmony with His own Divine laws in the Bible. We must obey these laws and be subject to those who enforce them according to Romans 13:1-7. No true Christian church or ministry has a problem with this.

        Those who are sexually assulted or know of a sexual assault against a child or minor should report it to the police IMMEDIATELY. If it involves a priest or pastor (yes, even an evangelist!) go DIRECTLY to the police. Do not confront the offender. Do not talk to the bishop. The offender will deny the action and the bishop may scorn you, belittle you, and may even threaten you! You do not need anybody to talk you out of reporting the incident.

        The nastiness :twisted: will continue until good people stand up and fight back.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Pentecostal Evangelist.

    • John paul
      October 14, 2013

      In the meantime those who are abused must be urged to report this crime to the Police and present evidence in a timely fashion without fear of reprisal from anyone. This should become common knowledge and acceptable to all and should be encouraged by those who wear the Cloth with Dignity.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 15, 2013

      The good and loyal Catholics are not defending the Priest. They have weighed the situation. They are not gullible to believe what the woman said. For one, none of you should be. You have yet to hear her side of the story and you are condemning the priest. You do not even know her and have not yet seen her picture. Until all these are released and revealed, only then can each one of you decide for yourselves, what truly occurred and who is right and wrong and is she telling the truth. We want to hear it!
      Until then, we have no alternative but to stand up as good Catholic Christians for Fr. Lafleur. It is not wrong to do so.
      All of you are wrong and projecting your ungodly ignorance of this matter.
      A case cannot be heard without hearing both sides. She has accused him and her side should be told first. Why is it hidden? She went to the Media. She should have told DNO her side of the story.
      Catholics have a right to stand up for Fr. Lafleur. He is our brother as a member and in Our Lord Jesus Christ. He is your brother in Jesus Christ. Cease being a hypocrite and traitor.

  28. Ferbreze
    October 12, 2013

    people must understand that the human body needs sex and alot of it. the body cannot function without sex, and there is only one sex,the only sex involves penis and vagina anything after that is not sex. so in that regard, all priest should be married and have a wife and children and function as a normal man in society.

    you cannot have a person listening to confessions and when they get turned on cannot go home to execute it.

    i think that the priest hood has gone through enough, too many different allegations of sexual abuse or involvements by the priests.

    please put an end to their suffering

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2013

      The Catholic Church will thank you for staying out of its affairs which is none of your business. If you are a Catholic you should know that you are to believe and obey all what the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church believes and teaches. You should not question their beliefs and teachings but obey them. Guided by the Holy Spirit, The Catholic Church has Its religious teaching and has spoken and determined it. Pray to the Lord for this discernment.
      Many do not want to make sacrifices for the Lord. Genuine worship, prayer, penance, sacrifice, restitution and holiness. These only will enable you to obtain eternal salvation and Heaven.
      None will go to Heaven with the “Me” mentality and “leaning on their own understanding.”
      As it is said: “We will go to Heaven on Jesus terms; not ours.” Also based on all what the Catholic Church teaches.
      If you think God is in control, He is very well in control of His Catholic Church which He established on earth 2000 years ago. His eyes are keeping watch on It.
      Hope you learned something. If you do not comprehend it, I reiterate, pray to God for enlightenment.

    • John paul
      October 14, 2013

      I concur !It will cost the Pope a few more Dollars but He is one of the richest so let Him take care of those who have dedicated their lives to Him

  29. October 12, 2013

    An investigation was warranted but the Bishop didnt handle the matter professional and now he is looking for a way out, but we have a God who see and knows all things and as we all wait for the decision from Rome let’s pray for Father Lsfleur and his suporters because we are all hurting .

    • October 13, 2013

      i was at church in the diocses of roseau early when this thing surfaced and the bishop did explain the canon law in this matter. it is not him, the bishop, it is the vatican’s law. the bishop has a boss u know

      • Justice and Truth
        October 15, 2013

        And the Pope’s boss is God! He has to pray over this matter to God and wait for his response. :)

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2013

      What do you know? Can you manage your household properly? This is what you should do, ensure that your life and your household are not in shambles. This is what happens to people when they do not mind their business and speak evil and mind the business of others, giving them advice but do not have advice for themselves. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  30. Views Expressed
    October 12, 2013

    This process has certainly taken too long. We must learn to review, gather much information and data, consult the relevant resources and then give a timeframe to conclude.
    The process of investigation must be seen to be done but also for all concerned MUST he brought to a speedy closure.
    It is rather sad hat this process is still on going

    • Natural Living
      October 13, 2013

      you have absolutely no idea if anyone else has come forth since and how complex the situation may have been….not saying you are wrong but bringing a different perspective on why it may have taken longer than you think it should have…

      • John paul
        October 14, 2013

        I dont think that there is a statute of limitation on such crimes

  31. contact
    October 12, 2013

    I am a Catholice and know and love father Lafleur. However this is the right procedure if the Bishop does no follow the rules some people will say the church is covering up and the others will see the priest is nto guilty. Dominicans it is time that we accept and follow rules. All priests are humans and they are sinners like all of us.Jesus was the only one without sin.Remember” Paul why do you persecute my people” he was pardoned by God.we all can be when we ask forforgiveness no sin no sin is too big for forgiveness.If the girl lied she will be dealt with.If the priest is guilty he will be forgiven cause I know this Man can pray. so my people do not be mad with your church.I wish the members of the political following in D.A. would use their mind when something is wrong it is wrong no matter who does it and no matter how much we love the person. I hope my people learn from this. Let your first love be Jesus Christ which is Truth ,love and Justice.

    • PP
      October 13, 2013

      Dear, I understand and totally agree with your opinion. What is wrong is wrong. However, I heard sometime back that the victim was send for therapy ( using church and country money), what was the outcome of therapy. Just that it is beyond their control? God alone Knows!!!

      • Justice and Truth
        October 14, 2013

        A lot of you do not use your common sense. Set your mind thinking! Weigh the situation in your mind and around it.
        Oh please! Give me a break! After 18 years? What was she doing all that time with her adult years? She, too, may be covering up, saying she needs therapy.
        Did I not read that while she was ? Where was she? She wanted a trip to T & T? Now they do not know where she is. Hiding somewhere? She may have pretended.

      • Justice and Truth
        October 15, 2013

        We need to know about that too and her entire lifestyle to this day. I think she placed her foot in her mouth and is in a lot of hot water for her response.
        Some state that it should go to the DA Court. Well, in front of a lawyer consider she will have much to answer and may feel very embarrassed when certain questions are posed to her. She may decide to call it quits. Let us wait and see.

  32. Justice and Truth
    October 12, 2013

    God knows what has occurred. He wants our prayers. We faithful Catholics of all must pray for Fr. Lafleur. Give Holy Masses, pray the Holy Rosary, make some Novenas to the Blessed Trinity and the Mother of the Church, Our Dear Blessed Lady, in his honor. Get all your Catholic relatives and friends to do likewise.
    Satan is rampant and out to destroy. He adversely influences people to do harm to others. He uses them against the Catholic Church. He knows what he lost forever. I need not elaborate further on this for you are aware of it and of the cunning one’s tactics and evil influence.
    Those who know something about this case, if they have not yet approached Bishop Malzaire, please do so.
    I recall previously reading two or three comments about this woman which indicated that she had planned to sue the Catholic Church and her mind may not be all there. These should be brought to his attention and Pope Francis I for that matter so that it could be determined if this woman told the truth or not.
    The VIII – Eighth Commandment of God – Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor –
    Commands: untruthfulness, respect for the good name of others, the observance of secrecy when required.
    Forbids: lying, injury to the good name of others, slander, talebearing, rash judgment, contemptuous speech and the violation of secrecy.
    Pertaining to this story, I am not referring to secrecy. I am referring to the other information.
    If that woman told a lie and should she win this case, will she ever have to answer to God. Whichever way, she will have to answer to God for what she has done to the good name of Fr. Lafleur. The Lord did not command us to divulge personal information and use it against others. We do know what is contained in Holy Scripture especially the New Testament. God knows the entire story and the truth which was and is not hidden from him.

    • October 13, 2013

      Justice and Truth.

      Hello what about the allegation and if this lady was your daughter would you be praying for this man. The Catholic Church is paying millions of dollars in damage claims for such conduct yet our people just blindly supporting this priest.

      • Justice and Truth
        October 14, 2013

        Tony, I should not be responding to you. Are you a Christian? A genuine one at that? Go to Holy Scriptures and read what Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us. Therein lies the answers.
        Some people have forgiving hearts and others do not. It is not yet ascertained if the priest committed the crime that he is accused of.
        This woman could also have followed the priest as some women have done. This is what they do. They go behind men and when they get what they want and were looking for, they cry foul and abuse in this era.
        How do you know that as a young woman, she did not go after the priest and now she is accusing him of molesting her? Some of them have married priests.
        I have my personal enlightenment. There are times people are accused of what they did not do. How many are in prison and were executed who were not guilty of the crime they committed? Too late, they cannot bring back the dead when they find out that they were not guilty.
        Some of you on DNO have already judged him and convicted him. Think of yourself and your lifestyle.
        Some of you think you are God and want to act as He. Some of you lack godly enlightenment, His blessing and graces.
        Just think of your ancestors and the present ones. Think of yourself, other relatives, contemporaries, coworkers and neighbors and see how they live.
        If you are without sin caste the first stone.
        I am informing all of you, when you die you will see the truth as it will be revealed to you. Some of you are big-time hypocrites. Sinners that you are. God knows you and your heart.
        Let us face the truth. I am speaking the truth and telling it like it is. Who do not like it, too bad for them!!! The truth offends.
        If I were to write a book I will also place this information in it. The world must know how hypocritical some of them are and how unforgiving.
        Those who are not forgiving, will surely go to Hell. Only forgiving and holy people will go to Heaven.
        It is not I but the Lord and the writings of St. Paul.
        Live according to God’s Words, based on Holy Scripture and as the Church teaches. When you are that Holy, then you can accuse, judge and condemn. Until such time, keep quiet everyone of you. God knows your name, has your number and how you live. You ae already judged by God just as you are; each one.

    • John paul
      October 14, 2013

      Maybe Her mind is not all that there because of Trauma She suffered

      • Justice and Truth
        October 15, 2013

        I am laughing. :lol: What trauma? :?: Ask yourself who caused it and what did she do to cause it? :?: :lol:

  33. Justice and Truth
    October 12, 2013

    The Lord inspires. If there is one thing I detest is hypocrisy. Consider how the Lord feels about hypocrisy. As God, worst than I a mortal do.
    Do not lose sight of this. Throughout the ages, sexual harassment and abuse were committed by numerous adult and young men, married and single ones. Some forcing the women to have sex with them. As God knows, if they were known, certainly they would be too many names to mention. Some of these acts resulted in women and teenagers being impregnated.
    How many women came out and accused them of carrying out this act on them? How many of them brought them to Court, publicly exposed them and tarnished their names?
    Some of them who are products/children, now adults of such men who may be aware how they were conceived are some of the very ones who speak against the Catholic Church and Clergy. It also includes those who willfully committed this act on women, some also of today. Know that the sins of the fathers follow their children.
    Those who have children and who will have children, ensure that you live a godly life and nurture and discipline your children appropriately that they may not go astray and live an immoral lifestyle. Know that you are accountable to the Lord for your lifestyle and how you nurtured your children.
    Many derogatory comments have been stated against this Church and the Clergy specifically on this Website. This is why people must be careful what they say. While they ignore their lifestyle and the goings-on in their household, they lambaste the Catholic Church and the Clergy, putting their mouths/minds in what does not concern them and should not.
    Be careful that your words do not place a curse on yourselves (they may already have) which may have an impact on you, your children, your household in general and undertakings, throughout your life. God who knows the future, knows in what manner.
    Likewise that woman who brought this case against Fr. Lafleur, causing him and the Church much anxiety.
    There are only “three” who know if she is telling the truth or not. God, Fr. Lafleur and herself. No one else. If she told a lie, as she lives, only God knows what will happen to her and what her end will be like.
    As the Lord said, “Let he (she) who is without sin caste the first stone.” Be careful of stones that you throw.
    At all times, the Lord’s eyes are on each and everyone. He slumbers not. He never sleeps.

  34. salop
    October 12, 2013

    The situation is so messed up in the Catholic Church. .u can make up anything and get and get a good man fired.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2013

      What about your life and your household? It is not messed up? You who have children or will have ensure that their lives are not messed up including yours. This is my message for all you critics.
      As God is listening/hearing one day all of you will pay for your words. Try living a holy live to appease God to forgive you for your sins. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  35. DANZIGER
    October 12, 2013

    Fr Lafleur,I am praying and will continue to pray for you. Courage my brother.

  36. block 44
    October 12, 2013

    people of dominica when we have a young priest named la fluer , which means the flower .this man has done very well resisting the devil for many years.some time in life with a name like this young ladyes expect you to live your name.father may the lord be your judge and protector. chistianity is base on forgiveness ask every one to forgive you, and you are on your way to heaven.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2013

      Did you notice the unforgiving ones? They are those who give thumbs down. This is why it is said, not all will go to Heaven. Only those who do the Will of The Father and one of it is, forgiving. If they cannot forgive they do not love God of all. They are not smart people.
      No forgiveness, no love, no Heaven. The next level – step is Hell for the unforgiving ones who lack love. They are already judged and have condemned themselves.
      Heaven is comprised of only love – those who love and those who forgive. May they not deceive themselves otherwise for they will be in for a great eternal shock of tears and suffering.

  37. better be right
    October 12, 2013

    Why should one continue to pay their tythe and bishop using it to send people that complain about priest to Trinidad. I just hope after all that, he wouldn’t still be giving that woman our collection money. I just have a feeling d woman going a sub on Bishop. It better be blessed money, or else, Bishop and Jane Doe, woe be unto all you. Father Lafleur go fix all you up. Better late than sorry, REPENT both r u! culprits in human form.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 15, 2013

      She must have cried to him. He felt compassion for her. I do not know if he evaluated her lifestyle from 18 years ago to today when she approached him. I do not think he wanted it to go public but since she went to the Media, it had to be public. She probably wanted money, a certain amount and right away and did not get it which is why she went to the Media. Woe to her for what she did!

  38. Pundit
    October 12, 2013

    I am happy that this is being handles the way it is………….and it is rather suprising that those who are his biggest supporters are women, who some are mothers themselves. It almost appear that they are blaming the victim for coming forward. Only in Dominica such actions would happen.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2013

      They are doubting the victim after 18 years. They should ask themselves, what does she want from the Church why she came forward?
      I have my reservations about that woman. She may be mentally sick, bad enough spiritually sick. Was she given a psychiatrist evaluation?

  39. October 12, 2013

    When a pastor is accused of committing a sexual sin (or any serious offence) it should be borne in mind that he is innocent until proven guilty.

    It is the responsibility of the bishop to initiate an investigation.

    If the accusation involves an alledged sin but not a crime (an act that breaks the law of the land) it can be contained and dealt with within the church family. There is no need for those outside the church to know anything. The bishop may share that which he is comfortable sharing. But beyond that we should respect his professionalism.

    But if it was a crime – if the law has been allegedly broken – it should be reported to the police and investigated by them. No clergy is above the law. The public supports the justice system and has a right to know it is working to keep them safe. Any citizen has a right to know the present status of any ongoing police investigation.

    Some must be wondering how the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome could possibly investigate the case when it was too difficult for the church authorities near home to investigate. This looks like they are passing the buck! The folks in the Caribbean who disagree with the verdict will have to blame the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome!

    In my church strict discipline is exercised when it comes to clergy moral failures. If the offence was considered “minor” the pastor would be placed in a rehabilation program and he could eventually be restored to the ministry. However, if the offence was more serious he could be expelled for life. A sexual transgession against a minor would be considered grounds for his minister’s licence to be permanently cancelled. We do not transfer an offender to another pulpit and continue to place the public in danger. History shows that priests who are transferred continue to offend. This does not help the priest and it hurts even more innocent people.

    Needless to say, it is a difficult time for all ionvolved. Our prayers are with each one.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Pentecostal Evangelist.

  40. Prayer
    October 12, 2013

    I believe Monsignor La Fleur should have already called on the parishioners to conduct themselves appropriately. Their disrespect for the church’s leadership is appalling. Disagreement does not equal disrespect but again that’s what is prevalent in our society. May justice prevail.

    • T
      October 13, 2013

      It shows a high level of ignorance and disrespect by these people really. Those who know better are the organisers of these protests.

  41. October 12, 2013

    I pray God that many of our leaders(religious)would take this as an example and that the abused would speak out against these abuse .

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2013

      From now on those young women will stay away from the priests and will not tempt them. The priests will also stay away from them, the Jezebels.
      As the song by Tom Jones: “Run Sampson Run, Delilah’s on her way.” Indeed! This is what some women did, go after the priests. I should inform Pope Francis about that.

  42. sweet lilly
    October 12, 2013

    i am giving my cents .I am looking for a place to keep our church our priest will continue to deliver people from all the evil that in on the soil of Dominica right now ……….that man have never done any thing to my daughter and he always had a love for little ones.our brother we are praying for you keep up the good works you are doing and have done

    • Looking In
      October 13, 2013

      What about the other person’s daughter? Doesn’t she matter? Oh God have mercy.

      • Justice and Truth
        October 14, 2013

        Were you with her, enough to believe what she claimed to have happened? I believe that this woman is one sick woman.

    • October 13, 2013

      Sweet Lilly.

      Hello is your daughter speaking the truth to you. I think you better seat her down and asked her to be honest to you but if she does I think you will be very shock and surprised.

      • Justice and Truth
        October 14, 2013

        So you are accusing him of this act? You are doubting the mother? Mind your own business, Tony and ensure if you have children they do not go astray. God punishes the wicked.

      • October 14, 2013

        Justice and Truth.

        Hello and good evening to you. I am not accusing the priest rather I believed what the victim alleged. Well the Catholic Church can solve this problem by allowing the Priest to get married. We can disagree but we don’t have to be rude and unprofessional .

  43. jim jones
    October 12, 2013

    I wonder how she filling

    • Justice and Truth
      October 15, 2013

      Who cares? :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: We have yet to hear her story. Until such times, then we will be either compassionate or not.

  44. 2cute
    October 12, 2013

    What for them to bring Rome they not bringing it at all…smh

    • anonymous
      October 14, 2013

      Is true,so long Cathedral raising funds to fix that roof they never send for help in Rome but that Bishop so fast. It good for us Catholics too you know. Take what we get. We had white Bishop we making noise we want black Bishop and since mister come Dominica he change everything. A little SMSS and CHS graduation in the Cathedral was so nice,he come saying about the altar not no stage,whole set of bull crap.stupessssssss MASA VWEY MISSIERE

      • Justice and Truth
        October 15, 2013

        You are not a faithful Catholic. You have placed a curse on yourself for making such statements. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

    • Justice and Truth
      October 15, 2013

      Like what? :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  45. 2cute
    October 12, 2013

    Why do some people constantly try to bring down the best..

    He is the most powerful priest in Dominica .#nodoubt

    God Bless my confirmation priest .

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2013

      The enemy, Satan is rampant and so are the other numerous enemies of the Catholic Church.

  46. YES I
    October 12, 2013

    OMG……….LOOOK THE MAN HAVING A BAD YEAR HE JUST GOT INTO AN ACCIDENT WITH THE FAMOUS LOCAL NURSE…

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2013

      Do not be hasty. We want to know who is at fault. Then we will decide if he is having a bad year or not.

  47. peter piper
    October 12, 2013

    Spirit of jealousy is real and any occasion to bring down people who are making advancement to help people will always get challenged,expect more s***…is not just there that happening,in work places too,a lot of traps and setups…man,Joseph got delivered from prison,paul and sillus to so

  48. Peace
    October 12, 2013

    This is a litmus test for the local Church, who seem unable to handle it. Before going to Rome, what about getting help from another Caribbean Island who the local church reports to? the Ecclesiastical Province of Castries or the Antilles Episcopal Conference?

    Is this the first such case in the region? Guess it’s like sending a case to the Privy council. Let us pray for both the accused and the alleged victim. One year so far. At least it’s taking around the same time as a case in the legal system.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2013

      You should think that Bishop Malzaire must have consulted others in authority. Why do you not think?
      Even though it is a year, these matters do not get settled overnight or within a few months. Some priests have been acquitted of such crimes.
      It is an era that people want money and they will say and do anything to get some money and to be rich. This is one means of her getting money so that she does not have to work. Did that woman ever work in her life?

  49. yard fowl
    October 12, 2013

    we pray to God that the Almighty God forgive everyone.

  50. proud catholic
    October 12, 2013

    I dont like the way the people from grand bay handled the matter.He being a priest doesn’t mean that he can’t do something wrong, he is still a sinner like any ordinary person.Why should the people stop going to church.The reason for going to church is to worship god not fr.La Fleur. So my advice to the people is go back to church and put god in their lives.

    • %
      October 13, 2013

      I fully share your wise sentiments.

    • October 14, 2013

      Self righteous, big wig, proud catholic – remember everyone has a right to protest and speak out on what they believe. This does not mean God is not in their lives just because their actions do not fit in with your ideology. Take your advice and ….

  51. truthful
    October 12, 2013

    I have known father lafleur for years.he is a very nice individual.we all make mistakes.i hope that the young lady is telling the truth.

  52. hmmm
    October 12, 2013

    I will continue to pray for you Father Reggie

    • ()
      October 13, 2013

      What bout the alleged victim? Are you a hypocrite?

  53. October 12, 2013

    Mr Malzaire.

    Hello and good afternoon my people. Well Bishop Malzaire said that this case is beyond their competence like we expect the Catholic Church to do anything about these allegations of sexual abuse in the church. Many priest join the Catholic Church to hide behind the alter while they are abusing little boy and girls. It’s time that our Police Department move in and arrest this man otherwise the Pope with remove him from the country and send him to another Island …………..

    • prisca
      October 13, 2013

      You sound like those money hungry hypocretes in America who make false accusations against the Catholic priest just for finnacial gain. See them on tv shedding all their crocodile tears because they want people to believe what they say. Their minds have already been made up that the Catholic church has lots of money.

      I am not saying that there’s no abuse going on, yes I think their is and it’s not only in the church. There’s incests right in the home.
      It’s done by doctors, preachers, teachers, firemen, policeman and lawmakers. S

      • October 14, 2013

        TW.

        Hello you are absolutely correct in that the Catholic Church usually cover up such criminal acts by their priest. Look around the world and all you hear about is the Church paying out large sums of money because of crimes committed by their members . Ok is the Catholic Church above the laws of our country. Well I say no and our Police Department should be investigating such incidents and they should arrest all priest that commit such crimes against our citizens.

      • Justice and Truth
        October 15, 2013

        As for Tony. We wonder what lifestyle he lives. The kettle always calls the pot black.
        Tony, tell us about yourself. Do not hide behind the computer and pretend that you are mr. goody-two-shoes.

      • October 15, 2013

        Prisca.

        Hello and good evening. Well according to you there is abuse going on in the Catholic Church. So don’t you think the accused should be held accountable. We can’t jut sweep those things under the rug and think it will just disappear.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2013

      God will punish you. Every day and night and every second/minute of the day keep this in mind. See what will happen to you.
      The Lord said: “By your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned.”

      • October 15, 2013

        Justice and Truth.

        Hello and good evening to you. Why are you wishing me bad when all I said is that I believe what the complainant alleged. I don’t follow any Religion because all Religions used the same Bible but they choose what they want from the Bible. I am quite capable of reading the Bible and undertand what I read. I see you are really defending the priest but I hope he don’t disappoint you.

  54. wil
    October 12, 2013

    We will pray for everyone. God’s Blessings. X

  55. Waitng
    October 12, 2013

    I want to see what form of action the negres marron and the zoolos are going to do now.

  56. APACHE
    October 12, 2013

    he who has no sin,let him throw the first stone.

  57. Morihei Ueshiba
    October 12, 2013

    Geez! How come no one praying for the victin? What is wrong with you people? All over the world people in positions are punished for crimes, but in DOminica they do no wrong! Geez!

    • October 13, 2013

      Amen my brother, I was thinking exactly the same thing. No one is praying for the victim as if the priest is infallible. Well that is what we were taught to believe.

      • Justice and Truth
        October 14, 2013

        Both you and Morihei with your bleeding heart and crocodile tears pray for her.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2013

      You are not a fair person. Are you saying the priest is guilty? You are judging and condemning already? You should ask yourself the question, “Did she tell the truth and of what occurred?”

  58. Issop
    October 12, 2013

    Possi, how do you know that Jane Doe is “happy”. Are you a mind reader? It is alleged that Jane Doe was sexually assaulted when she was 14. Do you have any idea how such an event at such a young age can damage an individual? Do your research. You people do not really care about the priest, all you care about was what he did for you and your family. As the bishop said, let us pray for both parties.

    • possi
      October 13, 2013

      My dear dominica is a free country,so if i feel to say “jane doe is proud and happy in p/mth” i doe see why it shud bother u,i say it,how i c it,she said other family members abuse her,why she didn’t go further with that case,me saying that doesn’t mean i don’t care about the priest! Above all this do u kno what jane doe wants????? MONEY!!!! i’m free to speak! Jane doe needs to put her acts together! what about all those wives she have crying because she going out with their husband??????? Yow pls! i’m free to speak! Jane doe is a liar!

      • Anonymous
        October 14, 2013

        You have some very valid and true information there. Why didn’t she come out about her male family members? And indeed she has put a family in dispute for soooo long. She needs to get her act together, find a man of her own and live a life pleasing to God. I am no saint, but I say it as I see it. It is true we all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God. But why persecute some while others you protect?

  59. John paul
    October 12, 2013

    500 plus years of Catholic Authoritarian rule and now a rational investigation into a sexual allegation and there is an uproar by the Parishioners in support of the alleged perpetrator.How many of those acts were committed against the Citizens of Dominica big and small,male and female and not one investigation.Finally the Church is seeking to correct themselves,to admit to these abominations and how do we react?
    When the Calypsonian says Dominica is inside out upside down he was in full realisation!
    My Mother told me a Priest touched her on Her breast when She was 16 and the only reason why She was believed when She complained is because Her Aunt was a Protestant and Chastised the Priest and forbade Him to visit the Family home.
    As a male growing up in Dominica having attended Catholic school from Kindergarten to High School I have witnessed a few situations that just was not only not in line with the teachings but downright abusive and in the case between Priests and consenting adults debauchery is the appropriate word that comes to mind!

    • October 13, 2013

      John Paul.

      Hello I remembered when a priest abused my classmate in 1967 then the priest disappeared. Then in the early eighties the same priest name surfaced in Haiti therefore they move him from Dominica and they send him to Haiti where he continued his same behavior. My people please open your mind and eyes. It’s painful seeing photos of my family demonstrating in support of this priest in Grand Bay.

      • Justice and Truth
        October 14, 2013

        If you are a Catholic one, you are deceitful. You probably did not live a godly life. Some of you are Catholics but you do not practice the faith as you should. Did you ever pray for the Priests, the Bishops and the Pope including members of the Church? We are obligated to pray for them, for each other.

      • October 14, 2013

        Justice and Truth.

        Hello and good evening to you. I am not accusing the priest rather I believed what the victim alleged. Well the Catholic Church can solve this problem by allowing the Priest to get married. We can disagree but we don’t have to be rude and unprofessional .
        Also can you please tell me where in the Bible does it say to worship statues.

      • October 14, 2013

        Justice and Truth.

        Hello since I can’t attach my post to yours I will respond by attaching it here. I don’t follow any religion rather I treat people with respect just as I would like them to treat me. I see you are answering many post but just remember not to put your head on a block for anyone. Now suppose the priest come forward and admit that he sexually abused the girl and he asked for forgiveness then what would you say. Look around the world in America, Europe and Africa where the Catholic Church is paying damages for such conduct. So why are they paying to settle such cases if the allegations are not true. One can’t be blind because of the status this man hold and think he can’t engaged in such conduct. This isn’t the first time that such allegations have surfaced in Dominica and they were swept under the rug.

  60. revivalite
    October 12, 2013

    Father La Fleur,
    if you are innocent which i believe you No weapon formed against you shall prosper and i know that as a prayerful man you will keep praying for your accuser and i know that God will deliver you.I have witness you in action during deliverance and even now as although i am not in the country i miss those times during charismatic.Continue to make God the pillar of your life.

  61. lee
    October 12, 2013

    God please help the two involve in this matter be cause only you, the so call victim and the Fr. Lafluer knews the truth.

  62. eyeballs
    October 12, 2013

    Well, let them send the matter to the Vatican and if they dismiss Ft LaFleur from the church, then he should open up his own church like every other religious sect. He for sure will get a lot of followers. People too damn hypocrite…(those without sin, let them cast the first stone). The bishop should also tell the Vatican to try stop all those soukouyants that use the church to make voodoo. At least he did not have sex with a boy. He is human and a man. He was attracted to the opposite sex, so what? According to what I heard, he did not lay a hand on the girl…all he did was cast a ‘sweeteye’ and this is sexual abuse? Well, I should come forward and file claim against every man who cast a ‘sweeteye’ at me when I was younger and see how many will be put on leave. Oh well, to each his own. If it’s good or bad , the person/s filing the claim will be rewarded later on in life. Don’t forget ‘Karma is a bitch’….what goes around comes back around to bite you 7 times more. Ft Lafleur just need to pray and leave everything in Gods’ hands.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2013

      They take the Holy Communion and do their voodoo with it. They are hypocrites and traitors to the Church. They are on the side of Satan. God will punish them in time.

  63. possi
    October 12, 2013

    I pray that God will deliver father la fleur from all this, we all make mistakes, God forgives,it’s time all this come to a closure. While father lafleur is hurting, jane doe is walking proud and happy on the streets of p/mth.Father la fleur I will keep u in my prayers, u r a powerful man of God, u delivered alot of ppl from evil spirits includin my family. I will pray for u

    • Anonymous
      October 12, 2013

      This is such ignorance. For many years women have suffered in silence because they are afraid of the response they will get from people like. More power to the young woman who eventually decided to speak up. This priest was a person in authority and he took advantage of a teenager and you’re upset that this is addressed by his superior or person in-charge. How long are we going to site idle by and let people take advantage of our youth innocence. We should be supporting this person because it takes allot of courage and to take to task an institution which is so strong. If the Priest in question committed to act of sexual abuse he should be sent to jail. He can ask God for forgiveness but the church and the entire nation should say this is not acceptable and reprimand him for those indecent acts of violating a youth.

      • October 14, 2013

        B S Anonymous. You dare to judge and dictate how the nation should act and say? Where do you get off?

      • Justice and Truth
        October 15, 2013

        Many women suffered in silence through the abuse of their husbands who married them for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, ’til death do we part. They were disrespected and treated as servants/maids.
        Some of them did not get a cent from those men. Shame on those men! These women should take those men to court. They would win their cases and receive a big settlement.

    • Nel
      October 12, 2013

      What is wrong with Dominicans? God is not a police!ChupesSSSSSSS!

    • fil
      October 12, 2013

      If she knows its a lie worthy onto her.I Fr. Lafluer did this act he has ti answer to God. Lord do your will

    • Anonymous
      October 12, 2013

      if it were you in the girls position possi you would want justice because no one can heal her hurt or undo the effects if it’s really true. la fleur can defend himself he does not need anyone to defend him for only he and that young lady know whether it happened or not. so before you make comment on the girl do a research on the effects of those types of acts against a person. our talk usually change when it hits home!!

      • Justice and Truth
        October 14, 2013

        People do not heal themselves by hurting others. If she told a lie, God will punish her. She will not escape. If she is lying, she better come clean and admit it.

    • I KNOW HER
      October 12, 2013

      THAT JANE DOE IS A LIAR!!!

      • Justice and Truth
        October 14, 2013

        I believe that! After 18 years? She may have a severe problem.

    • Southern
      October 12, 2013

      Never judge a book by its cover. It must have been a painful decision for the woman to expose herself to public scrutiny. She is also in need of our support

      • Lagoon
        October 13, 2013

        She is in need of support yeh right money!!!!!

      • Justice and Truth
        October 14, 2013

        She probably has no pride and is suffering from a mental breakdown. Did she not go to T & T for therapy? Some therapy!

      • Justice and Truth
        October 14, 2013

        Support money. :lol:

    • Jimi Hendrix
      October 12, 2013

      So according to you, La Fleur is the victim here? Let’s await the verdict before passing judgment. Don’t forget priests are also human and are just as capable of wrongdoing.

      • Justice and Truth
        October 14, 2013

        You, too, do not accuse him of what which has not yet been proven.

    • Looking In
      October 12, 2013

      Don’t you think you should pray for the victims also? Or are you do blinded by unguided loyalty? I’ll be saying a prayer for you. Remember this….no one recovers from unwanted sexual acts. What if we, together pray for ALL involved.

    • Helas!
      October 12, 2013

      did lafleur repent, did he acknoledge or should it be just swept under the carpet with no justice?

      • Justice and Truth
        October 14, 2013

        What about you? Have you yet repented to God of your sins and vowed never to sin anymore?

    • Justice and Truth
      October 12, 2013

      Why now did she come out with this story? What is behind her motives? Did she tell the truth?
      Prayers are indeed needed.

    • forkit
      October 12, 2013

      i am 49 years old and since i was about 12 years old i hearing lafleur checking chicks from people like you, why are people not letting the church take care of its business.

      • October 14, 2013

        “you’ve been hearing”, “you’ve been hearing”, “you’ve been hearing” my A**! This is the same thing in this culture – you all see one thing and judge – you all hear and believe without the facts. you all will remain within the bonds of slavery forever…. continue to judge the priest still….

      • Justice and Truth
        October 15, 2013

        Did he call them? Did he go out of his way to call them and invite them to his place of residence? You will pay for your mouth, your mind and your fingers on the keyboard. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  64. gdby
    October 12, 2013

    let us continue to pray for father La fluer.

    • Gloria
      October 12, 2013

      And no prayers for the victim. Lord help us all

    • Southern
      October 12, 2013

      And pray for the alleged victim as well

    • Justice and Truth
      October 12, 2013

      The Catholic Church has many enemies especially in these times of the Great Apostasy, loss of faith and fallen away Catholics who also renounced their Catholic Faith and joined other churches. Sadly and disappointingly, Dominica has many of them who were once fervent practicing Catholics. This shows in the negative comments and thumbs down.
      Then, there are also those who do not think, who do not know if that woman’s story is true, if she only wants publicity and to get an exorbitant sum of money from the Church. She has heard that some people overseas got a lot of money. I wonder if she is trying to see if she, too, will get some from the Dominica Catholic Church.
      Whoever thought that after 18 years she would come out with such a story? Personally, I do think that woman has condemned herself. Her end may not be a good and happy one.

  65. %
    October 12, 2013

    As expected! Sexual harrassment of people/boys/girls in the catholic church is nothing new. It has caused even the closure of some churches, and compensation to victims of astronomical proportions.
    While the decision is pending, the parishioners of St Patrick, has to realize that they are not serving a man, but they are serving God. The church grounds should not be desecrated with obscene languages, insults,carnival like atmosphere,drums,etc, etc, etc,.
    The organisers of these protests,some of whom claim to be leaders, who are hiding in the bushes, should know better, and should encourage the people to go to church to serve their God.
    IN THE MEANTIME I AM FULLY AWARE THAT THE PRIEST IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.
    AMEN!

    • Not a herd follower
      October 12, 2013

      That’s the position the congregation of the Catholic Church, especially those in St. Patrick, should adopt. I concur with your view.

    • Listening
      October 12, 2013

      Well said….

    • The Authorites
      October 12, 2013

      In the eyes of your god, if he is guilty is proof still needed?

    • Justice and Truth
      October 12, 2013

      This woman had friends I hope. Friends confide in each other. I am wondering if she confided in one of them or all of them about this issue. If she did and they are still alive and can remember (some people have a good memory), it would be interesting to know what they have to say about it and about her.

      • fed up
        October 13, 2013

        and if one or more of her friends from that time, was also abused, PLIZZ DONT FRAID TO BRING IT OUT, a lot of children who get abused are afraid to talk about it, because of people negatif judgement. THOS VICTIMS NEED HELP !!!!!

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