Presiding Bishop Michael Curry announces independent investigation

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued the following statement to the staff of the Episcopal Church.

December 18, 2015

Dear Friends,

I have today engaged a law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the concerns that led me to place three members of senior management on administrative leave last week. The firm is Curley, Hessinger & Johnsrud LLP, of New York and Philadelphia, and the work will be carried out by Michael A. Curley, the firm’s senior partner, and partner Lindsay Vest.  The Curley firm has begun a review of the concerns that have been raised, and is expected to brief me about its plan for the investigation early in the new year.


Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry

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  1. Prof Christopher Seitz

    Employment Law experts?

    • Bill Reeder

      But with an emphasis on labor law according to his biography.

      One could infer the investigation centers on employment and management practices at 815.

      • Prof Christopher Seitz

        Thanks. Your note is helpful.

        I gather the COO hired a personal friend to serve in upper management. There is also the tape recording incident. I’d want to get to the bottom of that asap. It didn’t get secreted away by itself.

  2. Curiouser and curiouser and still totally opaque. How frightfully ecclesiastical.

  3. Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly

    Opaque, indeed. How to say something without saying anything at all. What happened to cause the investigation?

  4. Jay Croft

    I think that the PB has no choice but to be opaque at this point. These are personnel matters and thus are confidential.

  5. Bruce Kleinschmidt

    I’m curious as to what happened to the press conference that was supposed to be held on Monday. The whole thing is very upsetting.

    • Ann Fontaine

      There was a meeting with staff – no press conference scheduled

      • Bruce Kleinschmidt

        Thanks for the clarification. I guess it was a video conference and I misread it. I’m just rather bothered as I went to college with Stacy Sauls & his wife so we’ve been friends for 40 years.

  6. Diane Corlett

    Bishop Curry is wise to remain silent on the specifics of these situations until he has facts in front of him upon which he can make intelligent and legally solid decisions. Until that time I certainly have no need to hear of wars and rumors of wars within our organizational structure.

  7. Pete Haynsworth

    This matter is clearly going to get strung out.

    Maybe the national church can at least disclose who the interims are for COO, head of public relations, and chief of mission grants.

    There appears to be enough PR savvy remaining to time what little disclosures dribble out for Fridays. ☺

  8. Thom Forde

    Transparency is following appropriate procedures, informing those who really need to know and maintaining proper documentation. It is not telling everyone, everything, all the time.

    • David Allen

      I agree. I would offer a tiny refinement;

      Informing those who really need to know only as much as they need to know.

      The general membership needed to know this was occurring, but at this point we don’t need to know any more than that. The HQ staff perhaps needed to know a bit more, these are their colleagues. Those investigating need to be privy to the full details. “To whom much is given, much is expected.”

  9. Eric Bonetti

    Fingers crossed that the PB will set a new, higher bar for ethical behavior throughout the church. If it wouldn’t pass muster in a publicly traded company, it should be out of the question in our church. Or any church, for that matter.

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