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Updated: Allegations of misconduct lead another bishop to take leave in Anglican Church in North America

Updated: Allegations of misconduct lead another bishop to take leave in Anglican Church in North America

Update November 6, 2021 from the Anglican Church in North America, INVESTIGATION CONCERNING BISHOP TODD ATKINSON BEGINS

Allegations of misconduct, including the abuse of ecclesiastical power, have been made against Bishop Todd Atkinson. A Provincial Investigative Team has been formed to look into these matters, and is beginning its work.

We are inviting individuals with relevant information to confidentially reach out to the Provincial Investigative Team at about how to participate in the investigation.

You can learn more about the process, the investigative team, and how to receive official updates here.

Sep 21, 2021, from the Anglican Church in North America:

The expanded scope of the Provincial review has led to the Rt. Rev. Todd Atkinson taking a leave of absence amidst allegations of misconduct. Atkinson leads the Via Apostolica group of churches which recently joined the Anglican Church in North America as an emerging Missionary District. Though geographically located in Canada, the clergy of Via Apostolica are canonically resident in the Diocese of the Upper Midwest. Because of this leave of absence, Atkinson will not be serving as an acting assistant bishop in the Diocese of the Upper Midwest.

About Atkinson:

Todd Atkinson is a Canadian Anglican bishop. He is a bishop at the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and the first bishop of Via Apostolica. He was consecrated a bishop on the Eve of the Ascension 2012[1] while leading Via Apostolica as an independent church movement. Atkinson was later admitted into ACNA’s College of Bishops on January 10, 2019[2][3] then the next year, on June 24, 2020, Via Apostolica was accepted as a missionary district in ACNA.[3]

Photo: Atkinson (center), ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach (right)


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Thomas Rightmyer

From Wikipedia: Schadenfreude (/ˈʃɑːdənfrɔɪdə/; German: [ˈʃaːdn̩ˌfʁɔʏ̯də] ( listen); lit. ‘harm-joy’) is the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another.
Schadenfreude has been detected in children as young as 24 months and may be an important social emotion establishing “inequity aversion”.[1]
Schadenfreude is borrowed from German. It is a compound of Schaden, “damage, harm”, and Freude, “joy”. The German word was first mentioned in English texts in 1852 and 1867, and first used in English running text in 1895.[2] In German, it was first attested in the 1740s.[3]
Although common nouns normally are not capitalised in English, schadenfreude sometimes is capitalised following the German convention.
Psychological causes
Researchers have found that there are three driving forces behind schadenfreude: aggression, rivalry, and justice.[4]
Self-esteem has a negative relationship with the frequency and intensity of schadenfreude experienced by an individual; individuals with less self-esteem tend to experience schadenfreude more frequently and intensely.[5] The reverse also holds true—those with higher self-esteem experience schadenfreude less frequently or with less emotional intensity.[5]
It is hypothesized that this inverse relationship is mediated through the human psychological inclination to define and protect their self- and in-group- identity or self-conception.[5] Specifically, for someone with high self-esteem, seeing another person fail may still bring them a small (but effectively negligible) surge of confidence because the observer’s high self-esteem significantly lowers the threat they believe the visibly-failing human poses to their status or identity. Since this confident individual perceives that, regardless of circumstances, the successes and failures of the other person will have little impact on their own status or well-being, they have very little emotional investment in how the other person fares, be it positive or negative.
Conversely, for someone with low self-esteem, someone who is more successful poses a threat to their sense of self, and seeing this “mighty” person fall can be a source of comfort because they perceive a relative improvement in their internal or in-group standing.[6]
• Aggression-based schadenfreude primarily involves group identity. The joy of observing the suffering of others comes from the observer’s feeling that the other’s failure represents an improvement or validation of their own group’s (in-group) status in relation to external (out-groups) groups (see In-group and out-group). This is, essentially, schadenfreude based on group versus group status.
• Rivalry-based schadenfreude is individualistic and related to interpersonal competition. It arises from a desire to stand out from and out-perform one’s peers. This is schadenfreude based on another person’s misfortune eliciting pleasure because the observer now feels better about their personal identity and self-worth, instead of their group identity.
• Justice-based schadenfreude comes from seeing that behavior seen as immoral or “bad” is punished. It is the pleasure associated with seeing a “bad” person being harmed or receiving retribution.

Grant LeMarquand

How nasty

Willis Moore

This news is truly sad, especially in our increasingly cynical World. Our clerical leadership needs to be without major fault or blameworthy actions….no matter which side of doctrinal disputes they may be on.

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