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Presiding Bishop further restricts ministry of Heather Cook[February 10, 2015] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori today issued a formal canonical Restriction on Ordained Ministry directed to the Rt. Rev. Heather Cook, Bishop Suffragan of Maryland.
This Restriction was issued as part of the Episcopal Church’s Title IV disciplinary process. The Restriction provides:
Pursuant to Canons IV.7(3), (4) and IV.17(2) of this church, I hereby place the following restrictions on your ordained ministry:
You shall not exercise or engage in the ordained ministry of this Church in any respect, shall not participate in any functions of the House of Bishops, and shall not hold yourself out as an ordained person of this Church in good standing, until such time as all matters relating to you that are pending before a panel of the Disciplinary Board of Bishops shall have been finally resolved.
In her notice, the Presiding Bishop indicates, “This restriction is being placed upon your ordained ministry because information has been received by the Intake Officer that indicates that you may have committed one or more offenses under Canon IV.4 as a result of your alleged criminal conduct in connection with an automobile accident on December 27, 2014 and misrepresentations you allegedly made to persons in the Diocese of Easton and in connection to your candidacy for the episcopate in the Diocese of Maryland regarding your experience with alcohol.
The Restriction takes effect immediately.
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The press release appears to contain a new allegation: “misrepresentations you allegedly made to persons in the Diocese of Easton … regarding your experience with alcohol.” A timeline released last week by the Diocese of Maryland stated that in January of 2014 “Bishop Sutton has requisite bishop-to-bishop conversation with Bishop “Bud” Shand, Diocese of Easton. Bishop Shand recommends Cook without concerns or reservations.” Shand has made no public statement.
Posted by John B. Chilton
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