I am deeply saddend by Bishop Lahey’s offenses of child pornography possession and importing it to Canada. It is such a blow to the Catholic Church and it makes it difficult to teach my daughter about her faith when deep down inside I know I can’t trust Catholic Clergy until I have gotten to know the individual clergy member well.
Bishop Lahey helped the province of Newfoundland, Canada to come out of a huge molestation scandal involving young boys from the 1950’s onwards. It was a huge tragedy for Catholics in that area and they were just beginning to recover. AND THEN Bishop Lahey was then caught with child pornography on his laptop when returning to Canada from Asia in September.
Also, 20 years ago, child pornography was found in Bishop Lahey’s home by an orphan who used to visit and the orphan told a priest who then informed the Arch Bishop. Nothing was done and no investigation took place. They simply took Lahey’s word for it when he denied it.
It just breaks my heart as a mother that I cannot trust the Catholic Clergy completely. It’s only a handful of sick men and women that ruin it for everyone else. It’s such a difficult time for the men and women clergy who are good devoted people. The vast majority of priests that I have met and know are wonderful men who would never dream of hurting a child, but because of a handful of men, I cannot leave my children with the Catholic Clergy without getting to know them really well first or by finding out what past parishners from other churches have to say about him (and gossip is always an issue when doing this :shrug:).
My heart is just broken that good priests that do the work of Jesus are tainted by the brush of scandal from a few sick men. We need to pray for our good priests because our society is beginning to see a tarnished view of our priests and this is such a tragedy. Indifference in our church is becoming more popular as the media continues to paint the Catholic church as being evil and secretive.
Analogy: Just because a handful of people are alcoholics in this world doesn’t mean that all humans are alcoholics!
Please pray for our priests and our children who need to feel comfortable in their faith.