Raymond John Lahey
|Installed||April 5, 2003|
|Term ended||May 16, 2012|
|Ordination||June 13, 1963|
|Consecration||August 3, 1986|
May 29, 1940 |
St. John's, Newfoundland
|Residence||Antigonish, Nova Scotia|
|Occupation||former member of clergy|
Lahey resigned from his position in the Diocese of Antigonish in 2009 after being charged with importation and possession of child pornography when Canada Border Services Agency investigators discovered images of concern on his laptop computer. He was suspended from his priestly and sacramental duties, and was eventually laicized in 2012.
Lahey was born in St. John's, NL on May 29, 1940. He attended St. Paul University at the University of Ottawa, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Theology in 1961, a Licentiate in Theology (L.Th.) in 1963 and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (magna cum laude) in 1966.
He was ordained in 1963.
Lahey's career saw him serve in a combination of clergical and academic positions in Newfoundland and Labrador, and most recently in Nova Scotia.
- Administrator of Holy Cross Parish, Diocese of Grand Falls, Holyrood, NL
- Pastor of St. Peter's Parish, Archdiocese of St. John's, Mount Pearl, NL
- Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St. John's, St. John's, NL
- Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL
- Proctor of St. John's College, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL
- Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL
- Department Head, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL
- Member of the Senate of Memorial University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL
- Member of the Provincial Religious Education Committee, Newfoundland and Labrador
- Served on two Roman Catholic school boards, Newfoundland and Labrador
- Served on the Belvedere Orphanage Trust, Newfoundland and Labrador
- Vice-Chairman of the Roman Catholic 200th Anniversary Committee, Newfoundland and Labrador (included preparations for the 1984 Papal Visit by Pope John Paul II to the province)
- Named Bishop of the Diocese of St. George's on July 8, 1986. Consecrated on August 3, 1986 in Corner Brook, NL.
- Named Bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish on April 5, 2003. Installed on June 12, 2003 in Antigonish, NS.
- Automatically became Chancellor of St. Francis Xavier University on June 12, 2003. The office of Bishop of Antigonish has historically been linked to St. Francis Xavier University with the current bishop always serving as the university's chancellor.
- Resigned from his position in September 2009 after child pornography was discovered on his laptop.
- author of studies and articles on theology and church history
- contributor to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography
- member of several scholarly boards, including the American Academy of Religion
On August 7, 2009, Lahey announced that the Diocese of Antigonish had reached a $15 million settlement in a class action lawsuit filed by victims of sexual abuse by diocese priests dating to 1950. The settlement was approved by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on September 10, 2009.
On September 15, 2009, Lahey returned to Canada from a trip to Europe, arriving at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. Canada Border Services Agency officers performed a random search of a laptop computer carried by Lahey and allegedly uncovered "images . . . that were of concern." Lahey was allowed to return to Nova Scotia; however, the computer was seized and the Ottawa Police Service alleged that a subsequent forensic examination revealed child pornography. Lahey pleaded guilty to the charges on May 4, 2011. He requested imprisonment, surrendering his right to bail. On January 4, 2012, he was sentenced to 15 months of prison time and 24 months of probation. However, because he had spent 8 months in pre-trial custody, he was given time served and was discharged on the same day. This occurred as a result of a law that was repealed by the federal government in 2010; it had allowed judges to give 2-for-1 credit for time served. This was only possible in Lahey's case because he was charged in 2009, before the law was repealed.
|Catholic Church titles|
Richard Thomas McGrath
|Bishop of St. George's
8 July 1986–5 April 2003
David Douglas Crosby
|Bishop of Antigonish
5 April 2003–26 September 2009
Brian Joseph Dunn
- http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2009/09/30/ns-bishop-charged.html[dead link]
- http://thechronicleherald.ca/pdfs/bishopbio.pdf[dead link]
- http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2009/09/10/ns-court-sex-abuse-church.html[dead link]
- The Chronicle Herald Archived October 4, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Catholic News Agency: "Vatican decries Canadian bishop's actions, offers prayers for diocese" May 5, 2011
- Bishop Lahey gets time served for child porn January 4, 2012
- Disgraced bishop Raymond Lahey freed for time already served for child porn January 4, 2012[dead link]
- http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/retired-canadian-bishop-laicized-vatican Vatican laicizes Canadian bishop convicted of importing child porn[dead link]
- Notice of class action lawsuit settlement - September 10, 2009
- Letter from Archbishop Anthony Mancini to Diocese of Antigonish - September 26, 2009
- Letter from Bishop Raymond Lahey to Diocese of Antigonish - September 26, 2009
- Press release by Archbishop Anthony Mancini - September 30, 2009
- Press release by Archbishop Anthony Mancini - October 1, 2009