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Vaccination Mandate for All Clergy of the Diocese of Long Island

I am writing today to announce that COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory for all staff members of the bishop’s office, affiliated diocesan organizations, and all clergy of the Diocese of Long Island effective Wednesday, September 15, 2021. – The Right Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, Bishop of Long Island

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Bishop of Pittsburgh tightens Covid policy

I did not intend to be writing something this sober, so close to my retirement, and I promise this will not be my last word to you! Betsy and I look forward very much to being with as many of you as can be present for the Pig Roast this Saturday. – Bishop Dorsey McConnell

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Bishop addresses sexual abuse complaints against former priest in Diocese of Pittsburgh

In 2014 Charles Appel was “sentenced in federal court to five years imprisonment, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, on his conviction of receipt of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor” (US Justice Department). It is not known whether the diocese took any action to identify possible victims of Appel following his 2014 sentencing.

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240 clergy covered by Maine bishop’s vaccine mandate

“We want to say to everybody in Maine that we trust public health leaders who say to us that the vaccine is the best tool we have to curb this pandemic,” Brown told RNS. “And if we could somehow do our part, assure them that our clergy leaders are going to do what we can to keep them safe, it becomes a message of liberation.”

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Maine bishop mandates vaccine for clergy

I am therefore directing all members of the diocesan staff, and all of you — clergy serving pastorally or sacramentally in any congregation in the Diocese of Maine — to be vaccinated unless you have been directed by a physician not to do so. Please click on this form to attest to your vaccination status. 

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RNS: ACNA’s structure invited governance failures

Religious News Service: Wheaton, Illinois is home to Anglican Church in North America churches from three ACNA dioceses — the Upper Midwest Diocese, Pittsburgh and Churches for the Sake of Others. The Upper Midwest Diocese, where the abuse allegations have taken place, places few checks and balances on the bishop’s authority.

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