Vatican condemns Canada ex-bishop over child porn

By REUTERS
May 4, 2011 22:41

 
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ROME - The Vatican condemned former Canadian Bishop Raymond Lahey on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and said it planned to take disciplinary action against him.

Lahey, former Bishop of Antigonish in the eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia, was charged with possession and importation of child pornography in 2009. He pleaded guilty on Wednesday and his sentence is due to be handed down later. "The Catholic Church condemns sexual exploitation in all its forms, especially when perpetrated against minors," the Vatican press office said in a statement.

"Although the civil process has run its course, the Holy See will continue to follow the canonical procedures in effect for such cases, which will result in the imposition of the appropriate disciplinary or penal measures," it added.

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