Man Sues Ex-bishop for Alleged Abuse

United Press International
April 8, 2010

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland, April 8 (UPI) -- A Canadian man is suing a former Catholic bishop, alleging the cleric sexually abused him in the 1980s, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday.

Todd Boland claims Raymond Lahey, a former bishop already facing child pornography charges, abused him while he was a resident of the Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John's, the CBC said.

Boland's suit in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador also names the Catholic Archdiocese of St John's. Neither Lahey nor the church has filed a response in court.

Lahey was the bishop of the diocese of Antigonish in Nova Scotia until he resigned last September after authorities in Ottawa allegedly found pornographic images of boys on his laptop computer.

Lahey was a priest in Newfoundland and Labrador before moving to Nova Scotia. Boland claims the abuse, which included anal intercourse and fondling, occurred several times over a four-year period in the early 1980s.

"At the time, Monsignor Lahey would take him for an outing, as members of the clergy sometimes did, and that's when the abuse allegedly occurred," Greg Stack, Boland's attorney, told the CBC.


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