Statement Regarding Raymond Lahey
January 5, 2012
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It was with sadness, disappointment and anger that, within the past few days, we followed the sentencing of former Bishop Raymond Lahey for possessing and importing child pornography. Pornography is an all-too-common obsession and addiction. Let us be clear that we, as Christian people, stand for the protection of all life, for human dignity and fullness of life. We stand against all that harms or degrades human beings.
Raymond Lahey has requested to be removed from the clerical state. The Church will impose this or other penalties. Let us draw whatever good we can from this event, and re-commit ourselves to building a better Church, society and world, a world in which people are valued and treated with respect, where no child suffers, and where all can live in peace and joy. This Archdiocese is committed to establishing safe and supportive communities for our young people and vulnerable adults. Through our screening process, we continue to take steps to create a secure environment for all members of the Church.
Archbishop of St. John’s