Sexual abuse in Antigonish diocese

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There have been various cases of sexual abuse in Antigonish diocese by Roman Catholic clergy.

Reaching settlements for old 1950s cases[edit]

On August 7, 2009, Bishop Raymond 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.[1]

Allegations against Bishop Raymond Lahey[edit]

In September 2009, Bishop Raymond Lahey's laptop was seized upon his return to Canada, after having visited parts of Europe. Canada Border Services Agency officers had performed a random search of his computer, uncovering images that raised concerns.[2] Following an investigation Lahey was charged with the importation and possession of child pornography,[2] and he subsequently tendered his resignation as Bishop for the Diocese.[3] Lahey is alleged to have responded to the allegations by stating that he had never abused a child, and that he would "never have any sexual interest in a person under 18".[4]

Subsequent to his arrest, allegations emerged that Lahey had previously been brought to the attention of former St. John's archbishop Alphonsus Liguori Penney in regard to child pornography allegations in the 1980s.[5]

On November 21, 2009 Pope Benedict XVI named Brian Joseph Dunn as the Bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish. Archbishop of Halifax Anthony Mancini had served as Apostolic Administrator from September 2009 until Bishop Dunn's installation on January 25, 2010.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Court approves $15M church sex-abuse deal". CBC News. September 10, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b AFP (October 1, 2009). "Ex Canadian bishop faces child porn charges". AsiaOne News. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ Lazzuri, Brian. "Bishop Raymond Lahey resigns". The Casket. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Pope Benedict appoints new bishop for troubled Nova Scotia diocese". The Amherst Daily News. November 23, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ Morrissey, Alisha (October 5, 2009). "Priest says he confronted ex-bishop on porn issue in 1980s". National Post. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ New shepherd anticipates a ministry of presence