PONTIFICAL ACT – Resignation of Bishop Lahey
VATICAN CITY, 26 SEP 2009 (VIS) – The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese Antigonish, Canada, presented by Bishop Raymond John Lahey, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law:
Can. 401 §2. A diocesan bishop who has become less able to fulfill his office because of ill health or some other grave cause is earnestly requested to present his resignation from office.
Bishop Fahey released news that the Holy Father had accepted his resignation:
TO THE PRIESTS, DEACONS, RELIGIOUS AND LAITY OF THE DIOCESE OF ANTIGONISH
September 26, 2009
My dear priests, deacons, religious and parishioners,
I want to let you know that after much thought and careful consideration, I decided to submit to the Holy Father my resignation as Bishop for personal reasons. I have now received word that the Holy Father has accepted my resignation and has made a formal announcement in Rome this weekend.
I recognize that my resignation takes place at a time when the Diocese is facing a variety of demanding challenges. While I will no longer be with you on this journey, I am confident that your faith and compassion will continue to sustain you as they have always done.
The Holy Father has appointed the Archbishop of Halifax, Anthony Mancini, as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese. I am sure that he and all those who faithfully serve you in diocesan leadership as well as in you parishes – priests, deacons, religious and laity alike – will have your cooperation.
To so many of you I would want to say a personal word of farewell and thanks. However, I have already left the Diocese to take some much-needed time for personal renewal. I simply ask for your prayers, as I assure you of my continued prayers for all of you.
Yours sincerely in the Lord,
+Raymond J. Lahey
Associated Press — Rob Gillies
TORONTO — Authorities say a Roman Catholic Bishop who oversaw his diocese’s settlement with victims of sex abuse is facing child pornography charges.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Brigdit Leger confimer the charges against Bishop Raymond Lahey on Wednesday.
The accusations stem from the bishop’s arrest following a random search of his laptop computer at Ottawa’s airport earlier this month.
Lahey didn’t mention the arrest when he resigned as bishop of the diocese of Antigonish in Canada’s province of Nova Scotia this past weekend. Lahey said he was leaving for personal reasons.
Lahey recently oversaw a $15-million Canadian (US$14 million) settlement with people who said they had been sexually abused by priests dating back to 1950.
BACKGROUND: Most Rev. Raymond J. Lahey, Ph.D., D.D.
Born in St. John’s Nfld., on May 29, 1940.
Ordained on June 13, 1963.
Named Bishop of St. George’s on July 8, 1986 and was ordained in Corner Brook in August 3, 1986
Bishop Lahey was named as the Bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish on April 5th, 2003 by H.H. Pope John Paul II.
Installed as Bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish on June 12, 2003 at the Cathedral Church of the Diocese, St. Ninian Cathedral, Antigonish.
Degrees: B.Th. (1961), L.Th. (1963) and Ph.D. (magna cum Laude) (1966) from the University of Ottawa.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland;
Proctor of St. John’s College on the campus of Memorial;
Associate Professor of Religious studies
Head of the Department of Religious Studies at the same University.
Member of the University Senate.
Administrator of Holy Cross Parish, Holyrood in the Diocese of Grand Falls
Pastor of St. Peter’s Parish in Mount Pearl, Archdiocese of St. John’s.
Vicar General of the Diocese of St. John’s, NFLS
In March 1985 he was awarded the title of Prelate of Honour by His Holiness Pope John Paul II.
Bishop Lahey has also served on the Provincial Religious Education Committee, two School Boards, the Belvedere Orphanage Trust, and was Vice-Chairman of the Roman Catholic 200th Anniversary Committee, which included responsibility for the preparations for the Papal Visit to Newfoundland in September 1984.
He is also the author of a number of studies and articles on theology and Church history. Among his writings are substantial contributions to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. He has had memberships on several scholarly bodies, including the American Academy of Religion.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish comprises the 7 counties of Northeastern Nova Scotia, these are three counties on the mainland (Antigonish, Pictou and Guysborough Counties) as well as all of Cape Breton Island (Richmond, Inverness, Victoria and Cape Breton Counties), Nova Scotia, Canada. The Seat of the Diocese is located in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, at St. Ninian Cathedral with the Chancery Office located in that community.
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