A Joint Statement from the Standing Committee of Dio Lexington & the Rt Revd W Douglas Hahn

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We reported in 2012 that the Diocese of Lexington had elected the Revd W Douglas Hahn as its next bishop diocesan. Earlier this year we reported that Bishop Hahn was stepping away from his office for a period of repentance, retreat and reflection after it was revealed that he had had a previously undisclosed extramarital affair with an adult female parishioner at a time in the past. His agreement to step away was the result of negotiation between Bishop Hahn and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. A few days later we reported a statement from Dio Lexington that said that Bishop Hahn had intentionally withheld information regarding the extramarital affair from the Dio Lexington committee that had been searching for a new bishop. Soon after these revelations, Dio Lexington held a special convention at which the clergy & laity voted to call the Rt Revd Bruce Caldwell, former bishop diocesan of the Diocese of Wyoming, as bishop provisional for Dio Lexington. Finally, this past OCT we reported that the Standing Committee of Dio Lexington had voted to dissolve the episcopal relationship between Bishop Hahn and the diocese. Friday, 16 DEC 2016, the diocese released the following statement;

December 16,  2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Diocese of Lexington:

A blessed Advent to you.

After a period of discernment and mediation, the Standing Committee of the Diocese and the Right Reverend W. Douglas Hahn have reached an agreement regarding his tenure as the Bishop Diocesan. On March 10, 2017, Bishop Hahn will tender his resignation as Bishop of Lexington to the Presiding Bishop.

“I am grateful for my time serving alongside you, the clergy and people of the Diocese of Lexington,” writes Bishop Hahn. “You will be in my prayers as you continue to serve God’s mission in Lexington and beyond.”

The members of the Standing Committee state, “Bishop Hahn has pastoral gifts that will well serve another diocese or ministry. We will continue to pray for him as his future endeavors unfold.”

“We are thankful that the Right Reverend Bruce Caldwell will continue to serve ably as Bishop Provisional for the foreseeable future,” adds the Standing Committee.

Please continue to pray for the Church and all involved.

The Diocese of Lexington posted the joint statement on its website.

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Connie Clark
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Connie Clark

I'm glad the Diocese has Bishop Bruce to guide and pastor them during this time.

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Dave Clayton
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Dave Clayton

Ah, I see that some need to reflect more of the love and compassion that Christ would want us to show. He was my Bishop. I agree he must step down as Bishop but he is still my brother in Christ. So much for Christian kindness. I too have sinned.

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Ann Fontaine
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Ann Fontaine

I have plenty of love and compassion but that does not shield him from the consequences of his actions. You can no longer be a priest or bishop or deacon. He is still beloved by God and can go on to do other things - but not as an ordained person

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Scott Fisher
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Scott Fisher

The damage that this man did to the diocese was astonishing. How he thought he could ever return as Bishop speaks to his incredible arrogance and cavalier attitude about the extent of his betrayal.

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Scott Fisher
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Scott Fisher

If my Bishop did the same things as Bishop Hahn did the disappointment and disgust would be palpable throughout our diocese. The whole tawdry mess would've been covered by the press in an unflattering manner and the parishioners would've been demoralized in my opinion. This would be another blow to body of Christ committed by one of its own. I sense that something along these lines has been going on in the Lexington diocese and Bishop Hahn is directly responsible. My guess is that for the vast majority of the parishioners his conduct is simply incomprehensible.

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Ann Fontaine
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Ann Fontaine

Sexual misconduct by clergy (which includes bishops) wounds the whole body. There are far reaching consequences of this behavior. Most of the troubled parishes I have served as an interim are a direct result of sexual misconduct and abuse.

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Charles Thompson
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Charles Thompson

He should be glad he is a Bishop and not a priest! A presbyter would be "out" by most Bishops standards, never to function again. There are different rules for folks.

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Ann Fontaine
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He should be deposed and not allowed to function as a priest or bishop again.

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