Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Halifax, N.S. DATE September 30, 2009

Most Reverend Anthony Mancini, Archbishop of Halifax , was named Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Antigonish on Saturday in the wake of the resignation of Bishop Raymond Lahey for personal reasons.

Today he has learned through the news media that Bishop Lahey is facing child pornography charges.

He says:

I am shocked and saddened by this devastating news.

For the priests and people of Antigonish Diocese, this is a terrible moment.

Tomorrow, I will be going to Sydney for my first meeting in the Diocese of Antigonish.

Then we will face this matter together.I trust that we will find the courage and the capacity to move forward."
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For Further Information:

Marilyn J. Sweet,

Communications Officer, Archdiocese of Halifax
msweet@catholichalifax.org Tel.: 902-429-9800; ext. 312
Catholic Pastoral Centre Cell: 902 798-1787
1531 Grafton Street, Hfx. N.S. B3J 2Y3 Fax: 902-423-5201