Statement by the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop V. James Weisgerber
01 October 2009
“I have learned from media reports of the charges brought against Most Reverend Raymond Lahey, former Bishop of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. While shocked and saddened by the accusations, as President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, I am not in a position to comment on them. At the same time, I share with all Canadians, and particularly my Catholic brothers and sisters, a profound understanding of the importance of such serious charges being fully and carefully investigated by the appropriate legal authorities.”
Notice that Weisgerber says that he learned of the charges from the media, not from the Vatican. Pope Benedict must have been informed by Lahey of what happened, because the pope accepted the resignation immediately. But Benedict did not inform the Canadian bishops of what was happening, but let them hear of if from the media. I detect a certain failing of collegiality here.