Settlement in America
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