The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Canadian bishop pleads guilty; SNAP responds
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, [email protected])
We applaud Canadian authorities for successfully pursuing criminal charges against Lahey. For far too long, law enforcement has given way too much deference to church officials. Those days, slowly, seem to be ending.
Unfortunately, now, because of Lahey’s plea, no new information will surface about others in the diocese that may have seen or suspected Lahey’s crimes. But we believe that other current and former church officials have likely ignored or concealed Lahey’s misdeeds.
We hope that the Pope disciplines Lahey as quickly and severely as he did Morris (the Australian bishop who was recently ousted for talking about women ordination).
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])
Lahey pleads guilty to 1 child porn charge
CBC News -May 4, 2011 6:43 AM AT
A Roman Catholic bishop has pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography for the purposes of importation.
Raymond Lahey, former head of the diocese of Antigonish, N.S., was charged in September 2009. He was arrested at the Ottawa airport while returning to Nova Scotia from a trip to Europe.
Border Services agents said Lahey was targeted after being evasive in response to their questions at the airport. They said Lahey's passport also revealed extensive travel to countries notorious as sources of child pornography.
A computer, several memory sticks and memory cards were seized and searched.
A forensic audit of the laptop found 588 images of child pornography, video and pornographic stories about young boys, CBC's Brian Dubreuil said Wednesday after the guilty plea was entered.
Dubreuil said there have been no sentencing recommendations yet.
Officers said a few of the boys involved in sex acts whose images were captured on Lahey's laptop looked to be as young as eight years old.
A native of Newfoundland and Labrador, Lahey resigned from the Antigonish diocese the day after he was charged.
In August 2009, he brokered a $15-million settlement for victims of sexual abuse by priests of the diocese of Antigonish dating back to 1950.
Lahey has been staying with other Ottawa priests since he was granted bail.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests