Bishop to re­store de­frocked pas­tor’s cre­den­tials

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

PHILADEL­PHIA (AP) — A United Methodist bishop says she will abide by the de­ci­sion of a church ap­peals panel to re­store the cre­den­tials of a pas­tor who had been de­frocked for per­form­ing his son’s same-sex wed­ding cer­e­mony.

Bishop Peggy John­son of the church’s east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia con­fer­ence said Tues­day she will re­turn the Rev. Frank Schae­fer to ac­tive ser­vice.

A jury of his fel­low pas­tors sus­pended Schae­fer, of Le­banon, Penn­syl­va­nia, last year for of­fi­ci­at­ing his son’s 2007 wed­ding, then de­frocked him when he re­fused to prom­ise he wouldn’t pre­side over an­other gay mar­riage. The ap­peals panel on Tues­day over­turned the jury’s de­ci­sion. John­son says the church’s lawyer will de­cide whether to ap­peal to the Methodist church’s high­est court.

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