St. Patrick’s priest Wayne Dohey won’t be charged: archbishop

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Will remain suspended pending conclusion of internal investigation

CBC News Posted: May 18, 2014 5:18 PM NT| Last Updated: May 18, 2014 5:25 PM NT

Father Wayne Dohey

Father Wayne Dohey Father Wayne Dohey has been removed as the parish priest for St. Patrick’s parish, pending the investigation of a complaint. (Courtesy Archbishop Howley Assembly)

Charges will not be laid against a Roman Catholic priest who has been suspended from his position at a St. John’s church.

Archbishop Martin Currie removed Father Wayne Dohey as the priest for St. Patrick’s parish in early March, pending an investigation into a complaint.

But Currie confirmed on Sunday that the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary will not be proceeding with charges against Dohey.

The decision to suspend Dohey from all ministerial duties was made public in March in a statement issued by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s.

Currie said Dohey will remain suspended pending completion of an internal investigation by the church. Currie has not identified the nature of the complaint, but said it’s not connected to recent charges that relate to an alleged embezzlement of funds at the same parish.


8 Responses to St. Patrick’s priest Wayne Dohey won’t be charged: archbishop

  1. Dolores Linehan says:

    It upsets me to no end when one of our clergy are charged without proof that the incident did indeed happen but when they are cleared of such charges, all of a sudden, the newspapers and the public become so dumb-struck and no apology comes forth from the very same people who wrote and spoke about it. Whatever happened innocent until proven guilty. I firmly believe the accusers names should be published also. The faith of the people is certainly being tested by a higher Being.

    • PJ says:

      And are you even more upset about all the pervert collars that are being defended (even after being found guilty) by other collars and congregation? I don’t believe I’ve ever read a post by you about how badly that church is treating victims and how bad you feel about us.

      • Tom says:

        To PJ…you live in a “protected RC society” where the cliques are so protective & tight. Just look at other convicted peds who have been let outta prison only to work at places kids frequent such as the NL Sports Center. Connections are key in NL.

    • Gordon says:

      Blaming the victim is the easy way out Dolores. A lot of these cases are not going to trial because of the pathetic excuse of lawyers we have. Us victims just want our day to be able to look our accusers in the eye and say we are not scared anymore. I am happy for the ones who get their justice. And for those who do not I am there for them. We could care less about receiving money and I am in belief that most victims would rather justice over money any day. As for publishing the victims names I think it is up to the victim. I wanted mine published and finally it was and I have received nothing but support from my community and my home town. If there are any victims out there that want to talk please message me I am there for you.


    • siobhan fagan says:

      First sentence in the article: “Charges will not be laid…”. He was not charged, and he was not “cleared”. He was accused, and had he gone to trial, the alleged victim would be more than outed. He would have had to relive the whole nightmare in a criminal trial. If you are going to be so insensitive on a site devoted to supporting victims and their allies, at least be accurate in your statements. And if you haven’t watched the latest Oscar winner for best film, Spotlight, I highly recommend you do.

  2. Tom says:

    To Dolores…..Get Over it. The church would tell you to forgive AND Forget!

  3. Mike Fitzgerald says:

    Just a little added word to the above, Tom. The church will “prayerfully forget”. Convenient, huh? Mike.

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