Catholic Bishop pleads not guilty to assault

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Barbados, Bishop Jason Gordon, was today granted $3,000 bail, after pleading not guilty to assaulting Junior Blackman, a 41-year-old altar server, on December 26 last year.

Trinidad-born Gordon, who is represented by Sir Richard Cheltenham, QC, appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.

He returns to court on July 13 for trial.

Attorney-a-law Vonda Pile is representing Blackman.

In a brief statement to Barbados TODAY this evening the Roman Catholic diocese said it was aware of the charge filed against its Bishop.

“The Church has every confidence in the legal process underway and in our Bishop’s innocence,” the statement said, adding that “as we reflect on our Lord’s Passion during this Lenten season, we continue to pray for all parties concerned”

34 Responses to Catholic Bishop pleads not guilty to assault

  1. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks March 25, 2017 at 12:32 am

    But what is this, the bishop and the altar boy fighting. And why this end up in court. I thought they supposed to pray on this and left it to the Lord. My goodness no example at all

    • Sherwin Patterson
      Sherwin Patterson March 25, 2017 at 12:36 am
    • Jennifer March 25, 2017 at 5:20 am

      @Cheryl – Listen hun, let me help you out. This is beyond pray dear. This is clearly a case of praying and preying.

  2. Arthur Marshall
    Arthur Marshall March 25, 2017 at 1:29 am

    homosexuas are all about in the church

    • Richard Johnston March 25, 2017 at 8:06 am

      They’re in your very neighbourhood.

      • Kevin March 25, 2017 at 12:15 pm

        Lol @ Richard. That might be very true.

  3. Bradg March 25, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Well, Well, Well. The Bishop and the altar boy. A lot of material right there for a calypso! How embarassing. I guess they could’nt “work things out” BEHIND the scenes, so off to court.

  4. Miche March 25, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Matthew 18:15-17

    “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

  5. Jennifer March 25, 2017 at 5:28 am

    I really wish that some of these articles will just rule out shallow-ism and just cut to the chase. Assault covers many facets. But due to the track records of this entity we will say this is of a sexual nature. Now Bish as a man of the claut keep that way<<<<<<<<<<<

  6. Catholic insider March 25, 2017 at 6:41 am

    This matter is not of a sexual nature. I have knowledge of the matter but, as it is before the court, it is not appropriate to go into full details. But to emphasize again, for the benefit of readers, it has absolutely nothing to do with sex. Because of some unfortunate incidents in the worldwide church, I recognize this is the immediate conclusion some readers will come to; hence the reason for my intervention

  7. Harry March 25, 2017 at 7:55 am

    One has to be carefully not to jump to conclusions , it is possible that this issue is not of a sexual nature, however with the track record of the catholic church one can understand why one may conclude so.

  8. Sylvia March 25, 2017 at 8:02 am

    The Catholic Church is only reaping what it sow they will come.e to further disrepute for the mistreating and lying on a poor hard-working soul the father is not asleep let him fight your battles for you

  9. Catholic Diocese of Bridgetown March 25, 2017 at 8:03 am

    The Catholic church thanks all persons who have expressed their support for the bishop with respect to the charge brought against him arising from an alleged exchange at a church meeting in public view. Comments which suggests otherwise are regrettable. The church reiterates its confidence in the legal process which is underway and continues to pray for all parties involved.

  10. Sheron Inniss March 25, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Miche I stand with you.

  11. Darrell Wilson March 25, 2017 at 8:13 am

    These comments show how wicked and nasty people can be. The alleged “victim” is 41. To refer to him as an alter boy is foolish. Additionally it is not sexual assault.

    You may use this to justify why you don’t go to church but that my friend is between you and God.

    The devil and his agents are busy in Barbados.

  12. The Negrocrat March 25, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Nowhere did they say the assault was of a sexual nature.

  13. Darrell Wilson March 25, 2017 at 9:10 am

    I am referring to the comments NOT the article.

  14. Mary Humphrey March 25, 2017 at 9:15 am

    This has absolutely nothing to do with sexual assault. Why don’t you nasty minded people stop spreading lies about a matter which you know nothing. Jumping to conclusions and pre-judging people seems to be the national pastime in this island.

  15. Rslpg March 25, 2017 at 9:34 am

    One has to be careful not to jump on anyone’s back here it was behind the scenes now its before the court’s just let it soak there

  16. Blessings March 25, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Some ppl are too quick to jump to conclusion without knowing the fact. It is highly unfortunate the sad mentality of some. Stupse!!!! Judge not lest you be judged.

  17. Leadpipe March 25, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Why are people jumping to conclusions in the absence of knowing ALL the facts. Such stereotyping and preconceived ideas do not help; rather they serve to exacerbate the situation, especially since some of you could very well end up sitting on the jury. If I were on trial, could I even expect a fair hearing with such bias, prejudice and preconceived thinking? Don’t pass judgement until you are in possession of all of the facts. Unless I missed the facts myself, I saw nothing alluding to anything of a sexual nature. Where is the notion of innocent until proven guilty? I’m neither Catholic nor gay; however we must be fair in our statements and reactions, particularly because you’re putting them in the public domain. Fair is fair!

  18. Luann Hadaway March 25, 2017 at 11:13 am



    “The Roman Catholic diocese is aware of the charge brought against the bishop arising from an alleged exchange at a church meeting last year, in public view. The church is confident in the legal process which is underway and continues to pray for all parties involved.”

  19. Jamar Haynes March 25, 2017 at 11:38 am

    It is extremely nasty to suggest that there is homosexuality involved. There is no mention of this is in the article and the editor should pull down a potentially defamatory comment independent of their story but for which they can still be found liable. The Bishop will have to account for his presumed actions. The claimant will have to make his case and the Prosecution has to prove their case. Leave out nasty comments. Everyone, regardless of class or creed is presumed innocent.

  20. Bradg March 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    This is truely unfortunate. In my view the church tarnished its reputation with its long history of inappropriate behaviour by high ranking clergymen and trying to hide it. So you can understand why some people will jump to conclusions….human nature. This is truly unfortunate and i hope the gentlemen and church and resolve the issue without further embarassment.

  21. Destiny March 25, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Unfortunate. However not everything will be dealt with as the bible said. Some things has to and will come outside.
    Some of these reverends and priest act as though they are God.
    Too many misuse the priesthood. The politics of the church is such that sometimes one has to come outside to be heard and to seek justice. Everything cannot be swept under the carpet

  22. Eileen March 25, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Why don’t all you people stop talking what you don’t know! The man lost his temper and started to carry on in a meeting and was escorted out by the Bishop with a hand firmly on his arm.
    Bajans are such nasty gossips always looking for the bad and ignoring any good. I’m a shame Bajan today!

  23. Milli Watt March 25, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    assault meaning what exactly……..hmmmmm

  24. Alex Alleyne March 26, 2017 at 12:23 am

    They were “fighting” , yes but for WHAT ??????? .and he out on $3,000 bail .
    Again , from 6 pm til 6 am some men become beast.

  25. Johnathan March 26, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Bajans really small minded and ignorant. If this was to do with the economy and this bad government that is gradually killing them,there would be few comments. A little salaciousness they love it and don’t look at themselves. They have come to all kinds of malicious conclusions without even hearing or knowing the facts.

  26. Jeanie Ollivierre March 26, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Bishop Jason is a true, faithful and upright man of God, a dynamic, visionary and pro-active leader of the Caholic Church in the Caribbean. He is an inspiration to our Youths and generally to us as Catholics. His Inspiration has motivated me to become more active in my Diocese, such that my vision is to be among the first women Deacons. I guarantee that whatever transpired, has NOTHING to fo with sex. CHINS UP BISHOP…..GOD Is! Jeanie Ollivierre, St Vincent & the Grenadines

  27. Margaret in Scotland March 27, 2017 at 11:56 am

    There are predators in all walks of life Yes, the catholic church has let some of these vile people hide behind the cloth in the past but fortunately pope Francis has spoken out clearly that this will no longer be the case. Catholics feel guilt and shame for the actions of these beasts who are the polar opposite of the teachings of our church. A person doesn’t wake up one morning and decide to be a paedophile, they have those tendencies from an early age therefore it is impossible to define who is and isn’t one, and as I’ve said earlier, they infiltrate all walks of life. In order to be a good catholic you have to be a good Christian first.

    • Toni March 27, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Margaret what is wrong with you. What pedophile you are talking about. It is 41 yeas old person and there is nothing sexual… So, in this case you are not Christian assuming and judging.

  28. Margaret in Scotland March 27, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    I’m just giving an answer to those people who deem it necessary to decry the catholic church at every turn Toni. In this case I am assuming that two grown men were at loggerheads! If you look at the statements above you will see that there are a few who have immediately jumped to the conclusion that homosexuality was involved and others who are dragging up the cover ups of the past!! Try being a catholic in a country where until a few years ago it was nearly impossible to find a decent job because you were catholic, where outdated laws allow bands to march every summer spewing sectarian bile and the place comes to a standstill when the whole police force have to monitor them because they are all fueled by alcohol, harassing mass goers and desecrating churches. I am standing up for my religion, hence the previous statement.

  29. Charmaine Betaudier March 28, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    They couldn’t be talking about OUR BISHOP JASON GORDON? Nah, that son of God? A peaceful soul with such a big heart? Nah, not our Jason Gordon. His sermons are interactive, his presence so uplifting. So, just so he became a violent man. Attacking another person? In my heart I know he is innocent but there is another person who must give his side of the story. I take pity on those who already crucified our Bishop. I take pity on those who couldn’t wait to slander our Church. BRING IT ON, OUR LORD CAN TAKE IT!


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