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« on: October 01, 2009, 02:08:22 pm »

Rev. Raymond Lahey, centre, is seen with his lawyers Michael Edelson, left, and Vincent Clifford at their offices in Ottawa, Ont., on Thursday. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Bishop Raymond Lahey arrived Thursday afternoon at the Ottawa police station to face charges of possessing and importing child pornography.

The Roman Catholic cleric resigned his post in Nova Scotia on the weekend before news of the charges broke.

Ottawa Police Service spokesman Const. Alain Boucher said Lahey will be processed meaning he will have the charges read to him, he will be fingerprinted and photographed, and he may be interviewed by investigators.

Boucher said Lahey may go to a bail hearing later Thursday or early Friday.

A Canada-wide arrest warrant had been issued for Lahey, 69, who brokered a $15-million settlement for victims of sexual abuse by priests in Nova Scotia.

Lahey was returning to Canada on Sept. 15 when he was detained at Ottawa International Airport. Canada Border Services agents checked his laptop and found images "of concern," Ottawa police said in a release.

Lahey was allowed to leave, but his computer and other media devices were seized. Police alleged a forensic examination ultimately found child pornography.

On Friday, Ottawa police charged Lahey with possession of child pornography and importation of child pornography.

The next day, he resigned as bishop of the diocese of Antigonish, citing the need for "personal renewal."
'Ultimate revictimization'

Anthony Mancini, the archbishop of Halifax who is overseeing the Antigonish diocese, went to Sydney on Thursday to speak with Lahey's former parishioners and hold a news conference.

"I am well aware that everyone is in shock," said Mancini.

"I am concerned with all who are trying to find any meaning in this devastation. I do not have the solution to this problem or the capacity to take away the pain or the means to erase this tragedy."

Mancini has said he wasn't aware of the charges against Lahey until Wednesday. He said he spoke with Lahey by cellphone, but didn't know where he was.

Ronald Martin said his faith was shattered when he learned of the allegations.

Martin launched a class-action lawsuit on behalf of himself and others who were sexually abused by priests in the Roman Catholic diocese of Antigonish. He met with Lahey, then bishop of the diocese, many times over the years to reach a deal.

"The one thing I said to the bishop from the very beginning was that I do not want the survivors revictimized, and I think yesterday was the ultimate revictimization for every single one of us," Martin told CBC News Thursday.

In St. Peter's, Cape Breton, many parishioners were shocked to hear about the charges against Lahey. Some are already upset that they have to help pay for the $15-million settlement, one woman told CBC News.

John McKiggan, the lawyer behind the class-action suit, fears the allegations against Lahey may reflect poorly on the settlement.

"These unfortunate charges have now raised questions about a process to do right, and that's unfortunate," he said Thursday.
Legal obligations

The settlement, approved by a Nova Scotia court on Sept. 10, has been described as the first time the Roman Catholic Church has apologized and set up a compensation package for complainants without fighting the charges in court.

Rev. Paul Abbass, spokesman for the diocese of Antigonish, said Wednesday the charges would not affect the legal obligations of the diocese to the settlement.

Lahey was appointed bishop of the Antigonish diocese in 2003 by Pope John Paul II. The Vatican accepted his resignation.

Before that, Lahey served as bishop for the diocese of St. George's in Newfoundland, his home province. He was also a professor of theology at Memorial University in St. John's.

Lahey is a graduate of the Saint Paul University seminary in Ottawa, the Gregorian University in Rome and Cambridge University in England.

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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2009, 05:23:13 pm »

Execute him.  No trial..  No prison sentence....  The  hipocracy of the Catholic religion truly has no bounds. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2009, 07:50:22 pm »

This lahey priest what he was supposed to do was comfort victims that were already abused sexually by the catholic faith, insult to injury or what. Those Perverts freaks ewww Native indians are the mostly victims from these sex predators from God.
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2009, 09:44:14 pm »****-priests-live-free-and.html

Thousands of priests have committed paedophilia. Frankly, I will take the mafia over the Vatican any day.

Like Robert says, send them to hell.
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