Bishop Raymond Lahey, 70, entered the plea in an Ottawa courtroom, a rare case of high ranking Canadian Church official facing charges over sexual misconduct. The Vatican said Wednesday that with Lahey’s criminal trial now over, the church will now impose its own disciplinary or penal measures against him. “The Catholic Church condemns sexual exploitation in all its forms, especially when perpetrated against minors,” said a statement from the Vatican’s press office, adding “the Holy See will continue to follow the canonical procedures in effect for such cases, which will result in the imposition of the appropriate disciplinary or penal measures.”
This Saturday marked a significant step for homosexuals and the church. For the first time EVER, a lesbian had been ordained as a bishop in Los Angeles!
The Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool of Baltimore was ordained and consecrated before 3,000 people in the Long Beach area this weekend, making her the second openly gay biship in church history as well as one of the first two female bishops of the Episcopal Church.
Just before the ceremony began, a man stood, shouted about the need to repent and held up a sign that read “Do not be deceived, homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God.” After he was escorted out, a young boy in the same section rose holding a Bible and shouted similar slogans. Security guards also led him out.
She did not speak Saturday, but told a gathering of media Friday that the church’s willingness to ordain women and gays shows a commitment that goes beyond mere inclusive language. “We are being the church we say we are,” Glasspool said. “We’re not just saying it, we’re doing it and there’s something very powerful about that.”