Episcopal leaders take steps to addre...

Episcopal leaders take steps to address sex abuse by clergy

There are 9 comments on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story from Aug 1, 2010, titled Episcopal leaders take steps to address sex abuse by clergy. In it, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that:

When former Episcopal Bishop Donald Davis of Erie was accused of child molestation in 1994, he resigned so quietly from ministry that most other bishops didn't know why ...

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“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#1 Aug 2, 2010
from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

"Years before the Bishop Davis case, Episcopal leaders knew of the spiritual and financial danger of child sexual abuse. Reports of seven-figure lawsuits in the Catholic Church had surfaced in 1985 and remained in the news for a decade. Driving home the risk of any sexual misconduct, in 1991 a jury ordered Colorado Bishop William Frey to pay an adult woman $1.2 million for psychological harm she suffered in a consensual affair with a priest.

"'I was accused of negligent supervision. It was my fault that the curate got into bed with the lady. I was supposed to have prevented that in some way or another,' said Bishop Frey, 80, a former dean of Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge.

"That same year an Episcopal deacon in the New Mexico-based Diocese of Navajoland said that Bishop Steven Plummer had admitted sexually abusing an adolescent boy for two years. The deacon pursued church charges against Bishop Plummer, who suspended him. The case hit the media in 1993.

"The diocese sent Bishop Plummer for a psychological evaluation and Presiding Bishop Browning suspended him. After the evaluation said he was unlikely to reoffend, Bishop Browing reinstated him. When Bishop Plummer died in office in 2005, Episcopal News Service ran a glowing obituary, noting only that 'he took a year's leave in 1993 after acknowledging a relationship with a teen-age boy.'"
T McCabe

Fayetteville, TN

#2 Aug 2, 2010
from the article:

"But Bishop Kenneth Price of Pittsburgh believes that the policies dioceses are required to enact create a de facto one-strike rule that keeps offenders out.

"Over the years this has become a much more public concern. The House of Bishops is very concerned for the protection of alleged victims ... and the canons are very clear on what to do," said Bishop Price, who is also secretary of the House of Bishops.

In Pittsburgh, an accused priest would be suspended and civil authorities notified. If a church court upheld the accusation, the priest would be permanently removed from ministry, he said."

“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#3 Aug 2, 2010
T McCabe wrote:
... In Pittsburgh, an accused priest would be suspended and civil authorities notified. If a church court upheld the accusation, the priest would be permanently removed from ministry, he said."
But that's not what happened at Erie in 1994.

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#4 Aug 3, 2010
Joe DeCaro wrote:
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But that's not what happened at Erie in 1994.
Joe, these are not excuses for the sick and horrendous behavior. But, the parallels with these instances and the same types of behavior that have been covered up in the Roman Catholic Church and the Evangelical churches and others are the same.

All denominations are being cured of trying to cover up this behavior.

The Light of Christ will prevail.

KGC

“For this reason...”

Since: Feb 10

Marriage = Man + Woman 4 Life

#5 Aug 3, 2010
RevKen wrote:
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Joe, these are not excuses for the sick and horrendous behavior.
and then he proceeds to (albiet vailed) excuses what happened at Erie in 1994

“For this reason...”

Since: Feb 10

Marriage = Man + Woman 4 Life

#6 Aug 3, 2010
^^ offer, he proceeds to offer.

“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#7 Aug 3, 2010
RevKen wrote:
<quoted text>
Joe, these are not excuses for the sick and horrendous behavior. But, the parallels with these instances and the same types of behavior that have been covered up in the Roman Catholic Church and the Evangelical churches and others are the same ...
YES!

And as an RC layman, I am all too familiar w/these same cover-ups

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#8 Aug 3, 2010
WotMeWorry wrote:
^^ offer, he proceeds to offer.
Excuse me, Wot. But, why do you read into my response any semblance of an excuse for either the bad behavior or any intent to cover up any of these incidents?

I suggested no such thing.

In fact, I acknowledged them to have been occurring in all denominations. It is my belief that as Christ's Light continues to intensify, these bad behaviors will be brought out into the open and will be cleaned out.

You've got a problem, Wot. You are trying to create external conflicts and accuse others of promoting inequities where none exist.

KGC

“For this reason...”

Since: Feb 10

Marriage = Man + Woman 4 Life

#9 Aug 3, 2010
RevKen wrote:
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Excuse me, Wot. But, why do you read into my response any semblance of an excuse for either the bad behavior or any intent to cover up any of these incidents?
I suggested no such thing.
You did suggest such a thing, which is why you prefaced it with "I'm not suggesting" and then used the word "But".

Its like saying, yes I know driving a car contributes to environmental problems but it's not just me its everyone else and the government is doing such and such....

And thereby diluting personal responsibility.

TEC should worry less about what "everyone else is doing" and more about what they are doing.

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