It is ironic to begin a “Peace and Reconciliation” center when you are not at peace with your own bishop and archbishop. – Foley Beach, Archbishop of ACNA
A number of years ago, someone sitting next to me on a plane asked what I did for a living. When I told her, she said, “The Episcopal Church – isn’t that the one with the lawsuits?” Soon, I hope such a person would say, “Isn’t that the one with the peacemakers?” – The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston, Bishop of Virginia
In his March 7th letter, the head of Gafcon, Archbishop Okoh of Nigeria, warns that the Church of England has…
The meteoric growth of vouchers appears to offer financial stability for congregations while at the same time diminishing their religious activities.
The importance that African church leaders attach to the question of same-sex relationships is the result of interference by conservatives in the United States, the secretary-general of the Anglican Communion, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, has said. – Church Times reporting on Church of Ireland Gazette interview
Deposed priest Howard “Howdy” White Jr. has been charged with assault and battery in Boston. He pleaded not guilty in…
“A federal false-advertising lawsuit against the bishop of a breakaway group should be sent back to U.S. District Court in Charleston for trial on its merits, attorneys representing the Episcopal Church’s bishop for eastern South Carolina argued before a three-judge panel in Richmond, Va., on Friday, December 9.” – The Episcopal Diocese in South Carolina
The school’s lawyer gives her thoughts on the school’s chances of winning a lawsuit if they chose to fire Melton. “This means it is highly unlikely that the school would get summary judgment on a claim that Scott might assert for either discrimination, retaliation, or whistleblower activities. The case would either have to settle or go trial,” the email reads.
Even if you were sexist at St. George’s, much of the responsibility for creating the culture of the school rests on the adults in charge. You weren’t the one who thought up school-required situations like “Casino Night” where the new girls — 13-, 14-, and 15-year-olds — dressed as Playboy bunnies and pretended to hand out cigarettes and candy to our male classmates, dressed as blackjack dealers.
“We are committed to keeping God’s children safe, and we are heartbroken when we fail,” Bishop Scanlan said. “My hope is that the appalling events documented at St. George’s School will lead our church to intensify its efforts to protect young people in every setting, and continue our commitment to preventing abuse with thorough training for clergy, staff and volunteers who work with children.”
“Don’t expect things to happen overnight. . . We are committed to the Anglican Church. We believe in the importance of the Communion for the sake of the gospel and the world.” – Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
Beginning shortly after girls were admitted, new female students (in either the ninth or tenth grade) served as “bunnies,” an ostensible honor that required that they don Playboy costumes—leotards, bunny tails, and ears—and act as servers for the predominantly male student body and faculty who enjoyed casino games as the girls dispensed fake cigarettes and cigars. At least some students recalled that Dolly Howard, then Dean of Female Students, may have held onto the bunny costumes and accessories year-to-year and distributed them to the female students. Some recall that all new students wore the costumes, while others recall that girls were selected based on perceived attractiveness.
As many as 61 former St. George’s School students endured “a private hell” of systemic sexual abuse at the elite Episcopal prep school dating to the 1970s, said a report by independent investigator Martin F. Murphy.