Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,774 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Disgraced Canadian bishop’s whereabouts again unknown

Catholic World News - October 06, 2009

Bishop Raymond Lahey, who has been charged with possession of child pornography, has failed to heed a court order to report to a New Brunswick Trappist abbey. Neither Church officials nor police know where the bishop is.

In addition, the abbot of the Cistercian-Trappist Monastery of Our Lady of Calvary has revealed that the apostolic nunciature arranged for the bishop’s stay at the abbey before his child pornography charges became public. Abbot Bede Stockhill, OCSO, added that he has not been formally informed of the court order and now believes the bishop’s residence at the abbey would not be wise. “Keeping him here as long as it was not publicly known would have been feasible, and I think I was open enough to it in my own mind, but then he phoned to say he wanted to stay where he was-- in Ottawa.”

The Ottawa Citizen reported:

On arrangements made by the Vatican’s office in Ottawa, Lahey first arrived in New Brunswick on Sept. 25. According to Stockhill, the bishop said he needed to get away.

Lahey stayed at the guest house, where the suggested donation is $40 dollars a night, and guests are served and cooked for by privately-hired chefs.

The next day, the head priest at the 100-year-old monastery learned that his latest guest had resigned abruptly from his Nova Scotia diocese.

Stockhill didn’t pry.

Then, last Wednesday night around supper time, the abbot said the ex-bishop stopped him in a hallway at the monastery, saying he had to leave and fly to Ottawa because he had been charged with possession of child pornography.

The abbot says he barely had a reaction to the horrible news.

“I take things as they come,” Stockhill said.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,153 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,847.05
83% 17%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Church Moves On, Slowly 14 hours ago
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? 19 hours ago
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6