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potan





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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:34 pm    Post subject: Another Catholic bishop pedophile! Reply with quote

"Bishop Raymond Lahey, head of the Diocese of Antigonish, concluded an historic $13-million settlement with parishioners who had been sexually abused. On Friday, he suddenly resigned his position, citing only the need to take time for "personal renewal."

http://www.nationalpost.com/ne.....id=2052038

Catholics need to seriously consider dropping the celibacy requirement for priests. This thing is becoming an epidemic. It seems that the priesthood seems to be attracting a disproportionately high number of pedophiles and homosexuals. Also, this phenomena only seems to be affecting the church in North America and not anywhere else in the world. On another note, I wonder why there aren't any nun scandals?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Also, this phenomena only seems to be affecting the church in North America and not anywhere else in the world. On another note, I wonder why there aren't any nun scandals?


Stuff might not be reported or blown up by the media in the rest of the world. I think the lack of nun scandals is more because the majority of pedophiles are men
Dauphin





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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Another Catholic bishop pedophile! Reply with quote

potan wrote:
"Bishop Raymond Lahey, head of the Diocese of Antigonish, concluded an historic $13-million settlement with parishioners who had been sexually abused. On Friday, he suddenly resigned his position, citing only the need to take time for "personal renewal."

http://www.nationalpost.com/ne.....id=2052038

Catholics need to seriously consider dropping the celibacy requirement for priests. This thing is becoming an epidemic. It seems that the priesthood seems to be attracting a disproportionately high number of pedophiles and homosexuals. Also, this phenomena only seems to be affecting the church in North America and not anywhere else in the world. On another note, I wonder why there aren't any nun scandals?


Although the Church of Christ must be held to a higher standard, the incidence of pedophilia is no higher than in other institutions like public schools or other churches. The Catholic Church just happens to be a particularly large, visible, and hated institution, and the media is always eager to attack it.

There is also no hard evidence in existence which demonstrates a link between celibacy (which our Lord and St. Paul explicitly praised) and pedophilia. It's pure fantasy. Celibacy has been a discipline in the Roman Church from the earliest centuries. It is a venerable tradition and sacred charism which the church would be foolish to abandon.

That said, don't get the impression that I'm making excuses. This bishop is a complete disgrace. That a successor of the apostles with the fullness of the priesthood of Christ would be ...... it's just completely unspeakable.

If I had my way, this man would receive the death penalty.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, to remove emotions from this entirely, if the guy wants to get way with it, he should immediately go to film school. Maybe Whoopi would jump to his defense with her infamous quote that I will not repeat, but you can easily Google.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

teenagetory wrote:
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Also, this phenomena only seems to be affecting the church in North America and not anywhere else in the world. On another note, I wonder why there aren't any nun scandals?


Stuff might not be reported or blown up by the media in the rest of the world. I think the lack of nun scandals is more because the majority of pedophiles are men
I call BS.
teenagetory





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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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teenagetory wrote:
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Also, this phenomena only seems to be affecting the church in North America and not anywhere else in the world. On another note, I wonder why there aren't any nun scandals?


Stuff might not be reported or blown up by the media in the rest of the world. I think the lack of nun scandals is more because the majority of pedophiles are men
I call BS.


I call me taking a shot in the dark.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:49 am    Post subject: Re: Another Catholic bishop pedophile! Reply with quote

Dauphin wrote:
potan wrote:
"Bishop Raymond Lahey, head of the Diocese of Antigonish, concluded an historic $13-million settlement with parishioners who had been sexually abused. On Friday, he suddenly resigned his position, citing only the need to take time for "personal renewal."

http://www.nationalpost.com/ne.....id=2052038

Catholics need to seriously consider dropping the celibacy requirement for priests. This thing is becoming an epidemic. It seems that the priesthood seems to be attracting a disproportionately high number of pedophiles and homosexuals. Also, this phenomena only seems to be affecting the church in North America and not anywhere else in the world. On another note, I wonder why there aren't any nun scandals?


Although the Church of Christ must be held to a higher standard, the incidence of pedophilia is no higher than in other institutions like public schools or other churches. The Catholic Church just happens to be a particularly large, visible, and hated institution, and the media is always eager to attack it.

There is also no hard evidence in existence which demonstrates a link between celibacy (which our Lord and St. Paul explicitly praised) and pedophilia. It's pure fantasy. Celibacy has been a discipline in the Roman Church from the earliest centuries. It is a venerable tradition and sacred charism which the church would be foolish to abandon.

That said, don't get the impression that I'm making excuses. This bishop is a complete disgrace. That a successor of the apostles with the fullness of the priesthood of Christ would be ...... it's just completely unspeakable.

If I had my way, this man would receive the death penalty.


It's control, arrogance and hubris rather than celibacy. Married man can be (and are) pedophiles just as much as "celibates".

And of course it goes far beyond the Church of Rome - to other Christian denominations, schools, day care centres, scout troops, anywhere people have control over children.

He is not reflective of the Christian clergy but it might indicate that the Vatican still has a way to go in cleaning up its act.

It also appears he was involved in the cover-up of a pedophile priest when he was a bishop in Newfoundland. He is also a fugitive from justice. The Archbishop of Halifax has asked him to give himself up.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you start turning over the rocks...

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Police review decades-old allegations against Bishop

Police in Newfoundland and Labrador say they are looking into allegations that Bishop Raymond Lahey possessed child pornography more than 20 years ago.

The investigation comes following comments by some men who were abused by Christian Brothers in St. John's Mount Cashel orphanage decades ago who say they told police they saw child pornography in the home of Lahey in the 1980s.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfo.....y-102.html
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