UPDATED with full story
Episcopal News Service is reporting that Bishop Charles Bennison, the controversial leader of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, will resign at the end of the year.
Bennison’s retirement was probably hastened by the passage at the General Convention of Resolution B021, which, for the first time, articulated a canonical process by which a diocese, under extraordinary circumstances, could dissolve its relationships with its bishop. The ENS story on that legislation is here, with a misleading headline.
The Diocese of Pennsylvania has wanted to dissolve its relationship with Bennison since his reinstatement as bishop in August 2010.
Those unfamiliar with the Bennison saga may want to simply run a search on his name and pull up all of the many items the Cafe has produced about his case. Here are some of the key items.
Bennison found guilty, June 2008
Pa. Standing Committee wants Bennison deposed, August 2008
Bishop Bennison has been deposed, October 2008
Pa. bishop appeals deposition, November 2008
Bennison loses appeal, February 2009
Bennison appeals for new trial,April 2009
Bennison case to be heard today, May 2010
Bennison reinstated, August 2010
Pa. Standing Committee asks Bennison not to return, August 2010
House of Bishops to Bishop Bennison: resign September, 2010