I’m still in Ireland – family from Canada with me for another two days and then I’ll stay here for about two more weeks to clear out my brother’s home and take care of paper work.
I was told about the charges against Bishop Raymond Lahey. I was not surprised. I am thankful that people were on their toes at the Ottawa airport. Beyond that I can only say that I hope and pray this makes its way to trial and I also hope and pray that between now and then we aren’t inundated with a multitude of variations of the old chestnut that someone put those dirty pictures on the poor man’s laptop when he wasn’t looking. Whatever the case, rest assured that the episcopal wagons are being circled, tongues are wagging and phonelines are burning.
Does anyone know where Lahey was in the United States England?
Does anyone know who he was going to visit in Ottawa?
And any word on who he has retained to defend him?
I do wish I was home with access to my files. I recall quite vividly being floored and intrigued to discover some years back that Bishop Lahey, then Bishop of St. George’s Diocese in Newfoundland, was dispatching his priests off to the Oblate facility in Arnprior, Ontario for Enneagram workshops. I also recall that he was referenced in Michael Harris book Unholy Orders. And I do recall that he was considered by many to be one of the prima liturgists in Canada .
And then of course there is the stuff of the layman’s grapevine – “rumour and innuendo” sort of things which we dare not speak precisely because they are legally deemed to be just that – nothing but “rumour and innuendo.” (Those who have followed the Cornwall sex abuse scandal and inquiry know all about that!)
Anyway, I will be watching word of Bishop Lahey’s ‘alleged’ possession of kiddie porn with deep and great interest from afar. I pray that those who have anything of merit to add to the current allegations will have the courage, grace and strength to do so.
Those following the breaking news please give us the news and keep us all updated on this thread – also please post links to articles of interest.
I do believe a few knees are knocking :).
Enough for now.