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Bishop Lahey's travels, evasive answers prompted airport search

Catholic World News - October 09, 2009

Airport security officials in Ottawa searched the laptop computer of Bishop Lahey after the bishop was nervous and evasive in response to questions, a warrant shows. The bishop also came under scrutiny because he had traveled to Asian countries that are notorious for child pornography, authorities disclosed.

When a preliminary search of Bishop Lahey's computer discovered pornographic images, the bishop admitted an attraction to young adult males. But a more thorough search turned up images of young boys. The bishop now faces child-pornography charges. While awaiting trial, Bishop Lahey will live in Ottawa. Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa-- who worked closely with Bishop Lahey in Nova Scotia during his previous posting as Archbishop of Halifax-- said that he had given the disgraced bishop permission to stay in local priests' residence because "he was facing very few-- practically no-- options."

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  • Posted by: ruth_becker2412 - Oct. 11, 2009 11:44 PM ET USA

    Prayers are needed for Bishop Lahey and all who are hurt spiritually and physically by this man's sinful behavior. I hope that people pray for him as much as they criticize him.

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