Pickets at Episcopal offices

Aug 11, 2010 Full story: Philly.com News 18

Members of a sex-abuse victim support group picketed the headquarters of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Tuesday to protest the reinstatement of Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr., who had been suspended nearly three years for concealing his brother's sexual abuse of a minor ....

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Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#1 Aug 11, 2010
from Philly.com News:

"In 2008, a church trial court ordered Bennison defrocked and removed as head of the five-county diocese for mishandling abuse by his brother about 35 years ago. However, an appeals court ruled last month that the church's statute of limitations had expired on the matter, and ordered Bennison restored to his position ...

"A spokeswoman for Bennison said Tuesday that the bishop maintains - contrary to the findings of both church courts - that he handled his brother's abuse of a teenager girl appropriately and noted that he was 'not the abuser.'"

He was the enabler who covered-up his brother's sex abuse for decades.

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Since: May 07

The Mountain Empire

#2 Aug 11, 2010
LOL!

5th thread about the same subject.

People might think you are narrow minded and have no editorial skills, which would be correct..........

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Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#3 Aug 11, 2010
MiddleWay wrote:
LOL!
5th thread about the same subject ...
But not the same content, which you have avoided in every thread on this story.

People might think you are avoiding it, which would be correct.
George

Jacksonville, FL

#4 Aug 11, 2010
What in the world is wrong with these picketers? Don't they pay homage to the RULLE OF LAW? Statutes of Limitations trump a priest/bishop's obligation to protect the faithful. How dare they not accept the verdict of the appellate tribunal. McCabe - get out tere and tell them why they have no right to do what they are doing.
T McCabe

Fayetteville, TN

#5 Aug 11, 2010
I am sorry that the rule of law oftens people. The many members of my family that have died in wars supporting that concept since the American revolution must have died in vain.

No one thinks this is a good descision. However, it is there for us all to deal with and we are within TEC. This is also part of the story.

from Episcopal News Service:

The rector of historic Christ Church in Philadelphia is urging Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Bishop Charles E. Bennison to "prayerfully consider making the sacrifice of not returning" to the diocese as bishop.
In a posting on the church's website, the Rev. Timothy Safford wrote that he does not expect Bennison to follow the advice he gave him in an Aug. 8 letter.

"Notwithstanding, he is my bishop, our bishop, and the bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania," Safford wrote.

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The Standing Committee has been the ecclesiastical authority in the diocese since Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori inhibited Bennison in October 2007. That inhibition expired with the Court of Review's decision.

The Standing Committee has been at odds with Bennison since the mid-2000s over concerns about how he has managed the diocese's assets and other issues. More than once in the past, it has called for Bennison's resignation.

Safford told Bennison that "your return would further divide our diocese" and would "do more harm than good, create more anger and less reconciliation, and hinder, not advance, the church's mission in our diocese."

He warned that even though Bennison did not sexually abuse or exploit the girl, his actions embodied the church's failure to create a safe place for all people.

"You were a shepherd then, and to those who have suffered abuse, or care about the safety of our church, it will not matter that these crimes happened decades ago," Safford wrote. "If you return as our bishop, many in your flock will not feel safe, and you will not be able to be our pastor. It doesn't matter that so many others were part of the failure, or that others have viciously used the abuse the woman suffered so long ago to accomplish their own ecclesiastical ends. Truly, I believe the most pastoral act would be, as a sacrifice for the creation of pastoral safety, not to return as our diocesan bishop."
George

Jacksonville, FL

#6 Aug 11, 2010
I apologize McCabe. I never knew we fought wars to support the canons of the TEC and the application of Statutes of Limitations to the inhibition of Episcopalian bishops. Thank goodness brave men and women are willing to risk life and limb for so noble a cause.
Think Again

Winterville, NC

#7 Aug 11, 2010
I wish Schori would follow the canons of the church in her inquisition of the faithful orthodox members.

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Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#8 Aug 11, 2010
T McCabe wrote:
I am sorry that the rule of law oftens people. The many members of my family that have died in wars supporting that concept since the American revolution must have died in vain ...
What rule of law did did your family support during the Revolution?
I thought we were committing treason?
Think Again

Winterville, NC

#9 Aug 11, 2010
Look, we are talking about TEC here. There are no standards for sexual behavior.
T McCabe

Fayetteville, TN

#10 Aug 12, 2010
Joe DeCaro wrote:
<quoted text>
What rule of law did did your family support during the Revolution?
I thought we were committing treason?
And once again you impress us with your lack of knowledge.

The colonist had been arguing for decades that their rights as subjects of the Crown were being violated. Go back and read the pamphlets they wrote from the 1750' until the end of the Revolution.

You might want to re-read the Declaration of Independence. You may notice the numerous references to violation of the rule of common law being denied the colonial citizens by Imperial British leaders that forced the colonial actions.

As usual Joe, you backed the wrong horse. It was the Imperial British leadership's grab for unchecked power that the colonist thought was 'treason' and an abuse of power against Crown subjects.

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Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#11 Aug 12, 2010
T McCabe wrote:
... It was the Imperial British leadership's grab for unchecked power that the colonist thought was 'treason' and an abuse of power against Crown subjects.
You have confused despotism w/treason.

England had every right to tax its colonists; someone had to pay for their protection during the (five) French and Indian Wars that emptied the crown's treasury.
Cruzader99

Alpharetta, GA

#12 Aug 12, 2010
Why is this in the Roman Catholic forum?

We aren't Episcopalians!

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Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#13 Aug 12, 2010
Cruzader99 wrote:
Why is this in the Roman Catholic forum?...
"'It's heartbreaking that he has been returned on a technicality,' said Karen Polisir, president of the Philadelphia area chapter of the Survivors' Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP). She was joined by two SNAP members from Lancaster County who were abused as youths by Roman Catholic priests."

Topix software auto-linked the story to the RC forum based on the last words in the graph above.

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#14 Aug 14, 2010
Joe DeCaro wrote:
<quoted text>
What rule of law did did your family support during the Revolution?
I thought we were committing treason?
Not only are you now apparently an apostate Roman Catholic who defines himself in terms of your abhorrence of the rights and freedom of the individual to seek his own spiritual path in Christian discipleship, as all true Episcopalians do, you would have been a secret loyalist to the King back then.

KGC
T McCabe

Fayetteville, TN

#15 Aug 14, 2010
Joe DeCaro wrote:
<quoted text>
You have confused despotism w/treason.
England had every right to tax its colonists; someone had to pay for their protection during the (five) French and Indian Wars that emptied the crown's treasury.
No Taxation Without Representation!

Sic semper tyrannis!
T McCabe

Fayetteville, TN

#16 Aug 14, 2010
Joe DeCaro wrote:
<quoted text>
You have confused despotism w/treason.
England had every right to tax its colonists; someone had to pay for their protection during the (five) French and Indian Wars that emptied the crown's treasury.
Once again your understanding of history is in error.

The two Imperial powers were fighting for dominance in Europe and across the globe. The American colonies were simply a part of the larger system of British rule.

There are many historians that consider the wars between the British and the French at that period to be the first true world wars.

“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#17 Aug 14, 2010
RevKen wrote:
<quoted text>
... you would have been a secret loyalist to the King back then.
KGC
The American Revolution was an unpopular movement begun by lawyers and newspaper editors who had the most taxes to pay as they used the most paper.

“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#18 Aug 14, 2010
T McCabe wrote:
... Sic semper tyrannis!
So said John Wilkes Boothe.
T McCabe wrote:
<quoted text>
Once again your understanding of history is in error.
The two Imperial powers were fighting for dominance in Europe and across the globe. The American colonies were simply a part of the larger system of British rule ...
Hence they paid taxes to England; what don't you understand about that?

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