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Bishop Lahey seeks laicization after child-porn sentencing

Catholic World News - January 09, 2012

Archbishop Martin Currie of St. John’s, Newfoundland, has written to the Catholics of the region, revealing that Bishop Raymond Lahey is seeking to be laicized after his conviction on child-pornography charges.

"Let us draw whatever good we can from this event,” said Archbishop Currie. Noting that the habitual use of pornography is “an all-too-common obsession and addiction,” he urged all Catholics to take a stand “against all that harms or degrades human beings.”

Archbishop Currie sought to reassure people that the St. John’s archdiocese “is committed to establishing safe and supportive communities” for all vulnerable people, an screening all those who work for the Church.

The archbishop disclosed that Bishop Lahey--who had served in Newfoundland before his 2003 appointment as Bishop of Antigonish--has petitioned the Vatican for laicization. Bishop Lahey resigned from episcopal office in 2009 after being arrested on child-porn charges. After pleading guilty, he was sentenced last week to a 15-month prison term.

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  • Posted by: ellenblee129370 - Jan. 09, 2012 9:15 PM ET USA

    I'm disappointed that Bishop Lahey wishes to be laicized. Granted most wouldn't want him working w/their children or young adults BUT think of what twofold good he could do as a prayer intercessor and as a priest-counselor for the many men who are addicted to pornography. (Yes, individuals can be rid of this addiction.)

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