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October 19, 2009
'Persona non grata' bishop gets home from Church
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Archdiocese has given Bishop Raymond Lahey a place to stay because he could not find lodging elsewhere, says Archbishop Terrence Prendergast.
Lahey, who is charged with importing and possessing child pornography, had planned to stay at a Trappist monastery near Rogersville, N.B., until townspeople, including the local mayor, protested.
On Oct. 7, he approached the Ottawa Archdiocese because he could not find a place to stay in Ottawa either.
In an Oct. 8 message to priests, Prendergast said he has allowed Lahey to stay at the priests' residence near the diocesan offices.
"I am aware, of course, of the serious charges pending against Bishop Lahey," he said. "I pledge our complete cooperation with those responsible for the administration of justice in this case."
"I am also aware of how this matter has deeply saddened and shaken our Catholic brothers and sisters, including those of us in ordained ministry," he said.
"I ask you to join me in seeking the strength and peace that only Jesus Christ can give and to support each other in prayer and fraternal charity."
The apostolic nunciature - the embassy of the Holy See - had ordered Lahey to wait in the monastery for penal reasons while the investigation was underway, as he could not return to his residence in Antigonish, N.S.
A private security company has set up watch around Lahey's Antigonish home after someone posted a derogatory sign on the property.
OFFICE, HOME SEARCHED
Meanwhile, Nova Scotia RCMP searched Lahey's homes in Antigonish and Sydney, N.S., as well as his Antigonish office Oct. 14 in connection with the investigation.
An RCMP official told the Halifax Chronicle-Herald that two computers and some external media were seized from Lahey's Antigonish residence.
Earlier, an Ottawa police official said it was a border services agent's "good work" that led police to find images of child pornography on Lahey's computer.
"There was no tipping or previous information that would lead them to pull him aside," Det. Dan Melchiorre of the High Tech Crime Unit said in an interview.
Lahey's evasive behaviour coupled with a passport stamped with exotic locations known for child pornography prompted the agent to examine the contents of his laptop.
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