Canadian bishop laicized after child-porn conviction
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CWN - May 16, 2012
Lahey petitioned the Vatican to remove him from the clerical state after he was arrested and charged with child pornography. He had already resigned his episcopal office, just prior to his arrest. In January of this year he was sentenced to a 15-month prison term after pleading guilty to the charges.
Although many priests have been laicized because of sex-abuse charges, Lahey is the first bishop to receive that canonical sentence. He will no longer be allowed to identify himself as a priest or to exercise any ministerial functions. "This decision reminds all of us of the serious harms that come from all forms of pornography, especially child pornography," said Lahey's successor, Bishop Brian Joseph Dunn, the current head of the Antigonish diocese.