Set­tle­ment in Amer­ica

The Church of England - - NEWS -

A SET­TLE­MENT agree­ment has been reached in the dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings of nine Amer­i­can bish­ops ac­cused of mis­con­duct for hold­ing and pro­pound­ing con­trary views on church his­tory and polity to those of Pre­sid­ing Bishop Katharine Jef­ferts Schori.

Last week rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the ac­cusers: Bish­ops C Wal­lis Ohl, Jr, and John Buchanan, met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the ac­cused: Bish­ops Peter H Beck­with, Mau­rice M Ben­itez, John W Howe, Paul E Lam­bert, Wil­liam H Love, D Bruce MacPher­son, Daniel H Martins, Ed­ward L Salmon, Jr, and James M Stan­ton, three ob­servers from the House of Bish­ops: Mary Gray-Reeves, Ed­ward S Lit­tle and Michael Mil­liken to sign a “con­cil­i­a­tion” agree­ment.

The nine had been charged with fraud, fi­nan­cial mis­con­duct, teach­ing false doc­trine and fail­ing to in­form on their fel­low bish­ops who held opin­ions on church or­der con­trary to those ad­vo­cated by Pre­sid­ing Bishop Katharine Jef­ferts Schori. The form the mis­con­duct took was in hav­ing en­dorsed an ami­cus brief filed in the Texas Supreme Court in the Dio­cese of Fort Wor th case and sign­ing an af­fi­davit

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