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Diocese of Maryland: tragedy and transparency

Diocese of Maryland: tragedy and transparency

The Diocese of Maryland has begun a web site dedicated to responses to the death of Tom Palermo. Information and Resources includes:

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12-Step Eucharist during Faith@Five
January 31, 2015 at 5 pm

Church of the Redeemer
5603 North Charles Street (Corner of Charles Street and Melrose Avenue)
Baltimore 21210
All are welcome, and a special invitation is extended to those recovering from any addictionand to those who support their recovery. The 12-Step Eucharist is celebrated to build awareness of the integration between the Rite II Holy Eucharist and 12-Step spirituality. Forthose not in involved in a 12-step program, the service offers an introduction to the spirituality ofthe 12-step program.  

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Posted by Ann Fontaine


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Philip B. Spivey

Bravi, Maryland!

“Let the word go out to the end of the earth: say ‘The Lord has taken up the cause of his servant(s)…'” Isiah 48:20

We are all climbing Jacob’s Ladder.

Theodore William Johnson

The full webpage on the Diocese of Maryland web site contains a wealth of factual information and spiritual resources with the promise of more to come. This is the appropriate place for a centralized collection of all relevant material. Good work! Noticeably absent, however, is any information about the Diocese of Easton’s response, if any, to the 2010 DUI arrest when Heather Cook was Canon to the Ordinary. Specifically, was there a process under the disciplinary canon in force at the time? Where there other incidents of alcohol impairment? What was the Diocese’s response to them?

Daniel J. Webster

You’re asking significant questions for which only the Episcopal Diocese of Easton has answers. Be assured we’re making every effort to get those answers, and to discover where, when, how, and why the vetting process failed.

Theodore William Johnson

Thank you. My fear is that an initial “coverup” led to subsequent ones that deprived electors, the people of the Diocese of Maryland, all standing committees, all bishops with jurisdiction, and the general public of important information.

Elizabeth Kaeton

I am deeply grateful for the addition of the prayer for Bishop Heather Cook. I had been a bit concerned by it. I note on some FB pages that she is being referred to as “HC” – as if she were Lord Voldemort (she “who must not be named”). This newest addition is a prayer I can say daily without my fingers crossed, along with a prayer for Tom Palermo and his family, for those struggling with addictions (and those affected by them) and for all those in crisis:

Most merciful and redeeming God, be present with our sister Heather, that she may face justice with contrition, face addiction with healing, and face the uncertain days ahead with the hope of your abiding presence. Amen.

Paul Powers

There’s a prayer for Heather Cook directly below the prayer for those who mourn Tom Palermo. It may have been added later.

Elizabeth Kaeton

Apparently, the prayer was added later. And, I am grateful for its addition. It appears that the webpage is a work in progress. I hope they will continue to maintain this present focus and not succumb to the temptation to fed the anxiety of those who hunger and thirst for more and more and more information – even from the DioEaston, which is not the responsibility of the DioMD. I’m glad our legislative system calls for a verdict to be determined by “a jury of our peers” and not The Court of Public Opinion.

Mollie Williams

Elizabeth Keaton notes that the web site does not invite people to pray for Bishop Heather Cook. It may be that they have not yet begun to figure out how to forgive her for not revealing her past history and charges of DWI. She hurt the entire Diocese deeply. In the mean time we can pray for her as well as for the Palermo family. The healing will be decades in the making. So many people so badly hurt.

Ann Fontaine

Actually, Mollie, I think the web site is more of “work in progress” that it was not up when I posted the link yesterday but was on its way. I commend Maryland for trying to give as much factual information and as many resources as possible.

John Chilton

To clarify for all, Mollie’s comment was made before David’s comment was approved. Thank you, to David and Mollie, who are first-time commenters.

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