The Cape Breton Post
04 January 2012
OTTAWA — A disgraced Roman Catholic bishop who got busted with hundreds of pornographic photos of young boys has been sentenced to 15 months in jail and two years probation.
But since Ontario Court Justice Kent Kirkland is giving Raymond Lahey double credit for the time he has served since last spring, the cleric has essentially done his jail sentence already.
Kirkland also imposed a series of stringent probation rules.
Lahey pleaded guilty last May to one count of importing child pornography and voluntarily went to jail.
He was arrested at the Ottawa airport in September 2009 after customs authorities found hundreds of pornographic photos of young boys on his laptop and a handheld device.
At a sentencing hearing last month, Lahey offered an apology to his church and to victims of child pornography.
- – January 4, 2012 at 18:33:59
I think they should be able to get married and haft of this would stop I don’t agree to what he done but I would never turn a way from my church after all god never told him to what he done
- – January 5, 2012 at 11:13:22
Today’s Rant: I read yesterday where disgraced Bishop Lahey (yes he’s still a Bishop) was sententenced to 15 months in jail for possession of child porn. I agree that 15 months was enough for this crime when you consider all the mitigating factors (first time offender, long time public servant, etc). What I don’t agree with is that he received a double time credit for time in remand. He should hav…e done the entire 15 months (Harper is fixing that). I liken his crime to that of the drug user and the pusher… Put the pusher away for a long, long time and slap the hands of the user. Now what really irks me the most is all these Roman Catholic Phoneys who say things like they have lost their faith because of what he has done, or their faith was severely tested by his actions or People in the Roman Catholic hub of NS (Antigonish) stating that Bishop Lahey is no longer welcome in their community. I’m not sure what form of Catholicism that these people are practising but it is certainly not what I practise. First: Bishop lahey is a human being who has suffered the frailties of being human. He is a mentally sick man who requires medical help and also a man who has broken our laws and has paid the price at today’s going rate. He has NEVER been convicted of being a pedophile (although probably not a far stretch). Second: I’ve said this before, Bishop Lahey and all Roman Catholic priests are/were simply the messenger of the word of God. They ARE NOT the ROMAN CATHOLIC religion and they ARE NOTwhat being a Christian is all about. I submit that those who have “lost” their religion, were religiously weak or as a minimum, bought into the gossip that flies during these trying times. Let’s get back to the basics, bring love, understanding and compassion into our lives and try reading the Bible or go to Church and someone will read the word of God to you. Just sayin’.
- BUNNY RABBIT
- – January 4, 2012 at 18:06:48
The only ones that were sentenced in this case are the victims. Talk about preferential treatments! This was done in order to protect the Roman Catholic Church’s image, well, lets face it the picture is really blurred………….This decision to set Raymond Lahey free is appalling and unforgivable on the part of those who have set him free!
- – January 4, 2012 at 18:05:54
Disgraced; I am a former R.C. who is just that eh? Lahey will B free, high fiving his sick Clergy / Support Group. The more research I do, the sicker I get about my former Religion
- – January 4, 2012 at 17:50:18
What a joke; don’t we care about children. I truly hope that he meets God and then is sent straight to hell.
- THE FALL OF THE CATHOLIC CULT
- – January 4, 2012 at 16:39:00
“Catholics come home” the priests need a new generation of alter boys. Their new website being advertised on TV is crazy. If anyone rejoins that club of pedophiles or helps pay for their sexual assault exploites (by way of your offerings), don’t worry you will eventually be judged on your death bed. And whether you’re doing these evil crimes, hiding them, ignoring them, or helping to pay for them, GOD will get even!
- GOOD LIFE
- – January 4, 2012 at 16:38:25
…666… he is free free free to enjoy a life in peace….the children he abused…are not free to have a good life..they are scared forever…no wonder so many people are turning away from the RC Chruch…I have already taken this important step ~
- – January 4, 2012 at 14:33:12
- – January 4, 2012 at 14:33:07
Did you actually expect anything different? The Justice system always looks after the chosen few.Very convenient to double his time served to avoid going behind bars, what a joke
- – January 4, 2012 at 14:02:11
Totally disguisted! If he were a teacher,coach etc.he would be gone in no time! So he and his lawyer play the “gay card”……He’s a pedofile!!! I have nothing against gays but to make that statement does it not make one believe all gays are pedofiles! He took the most precious thing from boys…..their Innocent childhood! I will continue to pray to God directly! Shame you you Lahey and your lawyers whom we paid for!
- – January 4, 2012 at 12:30:48
The Bishop has kept his faith throughout this ordeal even making sure the young boys in the pornography wore prayer beads. His long term gay relationship while a Bishop seems to be out of sink with the bible but fortunately for him, his faith will be eventually rewarded, his forgiveness is guaranteed by Jesus and he will go straight to heaven with all the other pedophiles in the Clergy who confess their sins and ask God/ Jesus/ Holy Ghost for forgiveness.
- CATHOLIC NO MORE
- – January 4, 2012 at 12:30:41
Shame Shame Shame on this man and to the authorities and system which put him in a posiition he was so unworthy to hold.
- – January 4, 2012 at 14:00:35
What a drain on our society these scum are. If it is a “sickness” Then get some treatment don’t go spreading your disease and Destroying innocent lives along the way. Ps got to love our justice system for making sure he was fully Ready To return to society before releasing it back into said
- – January 4, 2012 at 13:59:46
He was given double the credit for time served???????? Where is the justice in that? Next he will be looking for an appeal because he supposedly served more time than he was actually sentenced for. Apology NOT ACCEPTED!!!!! He should have received a sentence for 15 months for every explicit & pornographic photo he had in his possession………….just sayin’