Roman Catholic bishop convicted of child pornography stripped of clerical duties

The Canadian Press
Associated Press

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - A Roman Catholic bishop who was convicted of importing child pornography into Canada has been stripped of his clerical duties.

The Diocese of Antigonish, N.S., says the Holy See in Rome has dismissed Raymond Lahey from the clerical state.

The diocese says that is one of the most serious penalties that the Roman Catholic Church can impose.

In a statement, the diocese says that means Lahey can no longer preside at any religious services or sacraments.

Lahey was sentenced earlier this year to 15 months in jail after he was caught with hundreds of pornographic photos of young boys at the Ottawa airport.