Charges against Pre­sid­ing Bishop

The Church of England - - NEWS -

A WASH­ING­TON-BASED con­ser­va­tive group, the Amer­i­can Angli­can Fel­low­ship, has filed charges against the Pre­sid­ing Bishop of the Epis­co­pal Church, the Most Rev Katharine Jef­ferts Schori, al­leg­ing her $30 mil­lion le­gal cam­paign against church con­ser­va­tives is an abuse of of­fice and vi­o­lates church canons.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s web­site stated that on 19 De­cem­ber 2013, it filed “in­for­ma­tion with the In­take Of­fi­cer con­cern­ing pos­si­ble vi­o­la­tions of the Epis­co­pal Church Con­sti­tu­tion and Canons by the Pre­sid­ing Bishop … We acted only af­ter prayer con­sid­er­a­tion, and ex­haust­ing all rea­son­able means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion to the Pre­sid­ing Bishop and Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil.

“Our letters went unan­swered and letters from other or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing letters from five bish­ops and a pe­ti­tion signed by more than 5,000 Chris­tians re­mained unan­swered.

“The In­take Of­fi­cer will de­cide if the in­for­ma­tion, if true, con­sti­tutes a vi­o­la­tion of the Canons. We await his de­ci­sion.”

Pub­lic com­ment from the na­tional Church on the charges is un­likely as the dis­ci­plinary process re­quires the par­ties to re­main silent while a re­view is un­der­way.

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