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Catholic bishop convicted of child pornography stripped of clerical duties

ctvottawa.ca

Updated: Wed May. 16 2012 2:33:45 PM

ANTIGONISH, N.S. — A Roman Catholic bishop who was convicted of importing child pornography into Canada has been stripped of his clerical duties.

The Diocese of Antigonish, N.S., says the Holy See in Rome has dismissed Raymond Lahey from the clerical state.

The diocese says that is one of the most serious penalties that the Roman Catholic Church can impose.

In a statement, the diocese says that means Lahey can no longer preside at any religious services or sacraments.

Lahey was sentenced earlier this year to 15 months in jail after he was caught with hundreds of pornographic photos of young boys at the Ottawa airport.

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Lahey stripped of clerical duties after child porn conviction

The Halifax Herald

May 16, 2012 – 3:17pm By THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Roman Catholic church has removed Raymond Lahey from the clerical state, essentially taking away his clerical duties. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / File)The Roman Catholic church has removed Raymond Lahey from the clerical state, essentially taking away his clerical duties. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / File)

ANTIGONISH — A Roman Catholic bishop who was convicted of importing child pornography into Canada has been stripped of his clerical duties.

The Holy See in Rome has dismissed Raymond Lahey from the clerical state in what is one of the most serious penalties that the Roman Catholic Church can impose, the Diocese of Antigonish said Wednesday.

The decision means Lahey, a former bishop of Antigonish, can no longer work as a cleric nor preside at any religious services or sacraments.

“This decision reminds all of us of the serious harms that come from all forms of pornography, especially child pornography,” Antigonish Bishop Brian Joseph Dunn said in a statement.

“It also means that this action concludes both the criminal and canonical processes that are connected with this matter.”

In January, Lahey was sentenced to 15 months in jail and two years of probation after he was caught at the Ottawa airport in September 2009 with hundreds of pornographic images of young boys on his laptop and a handheld device.

But because Lahey was given double credit for the time he served in custody before his sentencing, he was released on probation upon conclusion of his trial.

“Much hurt, sadness and anger continue to be present in the hearts of many as we reflect on these events,” Dunn said.

“The lives of many have been seriously altered as a result of the challenges that have arisen. Moreover, the life of Raymond Lahey has been radically changed by his actions and this decision.”

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Catholic Church strips Raymond Lahey of duties

Roman Catholic Bishop was convicted on child pornography charges last May

CBC News

Posted: May 16, 2012 1:57 PM ET

Last Updated: May 16, 2012 2:23 PM ET

Disgraced Roman Catholic bishop Raymond Lahey has been stripped of clerical duties by the church because of a child pornography conviction.

The Catholic Church announced the decision regarding Raymond Lahey today.

“We have been informed that the Holy See has dismissed Raymond Lahey from the clerical state, one of the most serious penalties that the Church can impose.,” according to a news release from the office of the bishop, Diocese of Antigonish, N.S.

Lahey was acting as bishop of the Nova Scotia diocese of Antigonish when he was stopped at the Ottawa airport in 2009.

Police found a large quantity of child pornography on the computer he was carrying.

Last May, Lahey was sentenced to 15 months in jail for possessing and importing the images.

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Roman Catholic bishop convicted of child pornography stripped of clerical duties

The Winnipeg Free Press

Posted: 12:45 PM | Last Modified: 1:30 PM

By: The Canadian Press

 

Bishop Raymond Lahey arrives to the Ottawa Court House in Ottawa on May 4, 2011. Lahey, a Roman Catholic bishop who was convicted of importing child pornography into Canada, has been stripped of his clerical duties. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

 

Bishop Raymond Lahey arrives to the Ottawa Court House in Ottawa on May 4, 2011. Lahey, a Roman Catholic bishop who was convicted of importing child pornography into Canada, has been stripped of his clerical duties. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

ANTIGONISH, N.S. – A Roman Catholic bishop who was convicted of importing child pornography into Canada has been stripped of his clerical duties.

The Holy See in Rome has dismissed Raymond Lahey from the clerical state in what is one of the most serious penalties that the Roman Catholic Church can impose, the Diocese of Antigonish, N.S., said Wednesday.

The decision means Lahey, a former bishop of Antigonish, can no longer work as a cleric nor preside at any religious services or sacraments.

“This decision reminds all of us of the serious harms that come from all forms of pornography, especially child pornography,” Antigonish Bishop Brian Joseph Dunn said in a statement.

“It also means that this action concludes both the criminal and canonical processes that are connected with this matter.”

In January, Lahey was sentenced to 15 months in jail and two years of probation after he was caught at the Ottawa airport in September 2009 with hundreds of pornographic images of young boys on his laptop and a handheld device.

But because Lahey was given double credit for the time he served in custody before his sentencing, he was released on probation upon conclusion of his trial.

“Much hurt, sadness and anger continue to be present in the hearts of many as we reflect on these events,” Dunn said.

“The lives of many have been seriously altered as a result of the challenges that have arisen. Moreover, the life of Raymond Lahey has been radically changed by his actions and this decision.”

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Roman Catholic bishop convicted of child pornography stripped of clerical duties

The Canadian Press

Wed, 16 May 2012 11:58:00 CST

Bishop Raymond Lahey arrives to the Ottawa Court House in Ottawa on May 4, 2011. Lahey, a Roman Catholic bishop who was convicted of importing child pornography into Canada, has been stripped of his clerical duties. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

ANTIGONISH, N.S. – A Roman Catholic bishop who was convicted of importing child pornography into Canada has been stripped of his clerical duties.

The Holy See in Rome has dismissed Raymond Lahey from the clerical state in what is one of the most serious penalties that the Roman Catholic Church can impose, the Diocese of Antigonish, N.S., said Wednesday.

The decision means Lahey, a former bishop of Antigonish, can no longer work as a cleric nor preside at any religious services or sacraments.

“This decision reminds all of us of the serious harms that come from all forms of pornography, especially child pornography,” Antigonish Bishop Brian Joseph Dunn said in a statement.

“It also means that this action concludes both the criminal and canonical processes that are connected with this matter.”

In January, Lahey was sentenced to 15 months in jail and two years of probation after he was caught at the Ottawa airport in September 2009 with hundreds of pornographic images of young boys on his laptop and a handheld device.

But because Lahey was given double credit for the time he served in custody before his sentencing, he was released on probation upon conclusion of his trial.

“Much hurt, sadness and anger continue to be present in the hearts of many as we reflect on these events,” Dunn said.

“The lives of many have been seriously altered as a result of the challenges that have arisen. Moreover, the life of Raymond Lahey has been radically changed by his actions and this decision.”

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