Lexington bishop intentionally withheld information from search committee

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The Diocese of Lexington issued a statement yesterday on its blog revealing that Bishop Hahn intentionally withheld information about an affair with a parishioner from the bishop search committee. Hahn was elected and ordained bishop of the diocese in 2012. As we earlier reported, he has been suspended for one year without pay by the Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry.

From the diocese’s March 24 blog post:

Douglas Hahn has been suspended for one year from his duties as Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Lexington and from ordained ministry, effective March 9, 2016.

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, working through the canonical disciplinary and pastoral processes of the Church, took this action after learning that Hahn had a sexual relationship with an adult female parishioner and intentionally withheld this information when seeking the position of bishop. Hahn has admitted to these charges against him. He and Bishop Curry have reached an official “Accord” or agreement providing for terms of the suspension.

The Standing Committee, which is the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese in the absence of a bishop, acknowledges that the relationship between the Diocese and Hahn has been seriously strained by Hahn’s actions.

The committee, “with the assistance of the Presiding Bishop’s office, has already begun the process of discerning the selection of a bishop to serve the Diocese of Lexington during the suspension.”

The standing committee first met on March 17 to discuss the matter.

See the Café’s report from March 22, Bishop Hahn “steps away” for a period of “repentance, retreat and reflection”


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Daniel Jarvis
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Daniel Jarvis

sorry but yes this is an exact example of scapegoating many people's sins are involved in this, and if the dio doesnt take him back, add more sins to the list. yet the bish is the only one being publicly shamed and hung out to dry. Hey I don't judge the sinning we are all in that boat but the scapegoating just makes me want to puke

And your admonishment to remember the victim; well we don't know who the victim was or if there was a victim. But we do know who the current victim is. For the sake of argument lets say the woman in this past scene was a victim. Well I am an abuse survivor and a former spiritual healer sp c in the healing of victims. I don't know if the woman has anything to do with the current outing...I hope not, for this is not going to do anything to heal her wounds.
This is all I have to say flame on if you want

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Cynthia Katsarelis
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Please follow the policy and post using your first & last names. - ed

Daniel, this bishop violated his covenant relationship with his wife, as well as his vows. The clergy/lay relationship is generally an unequal one.

As Ann said, the discussion here is consequences for real violations, ones he doesn't deny. It is a real stretch to call this scapegoating. Who else could possibly responsible for this behavior?

We don't know anything about the woman, nor should we.

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Márcio Albino
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Márcio Albino

Was he married? I mean, what the hell is the problem of he having an relationship?

I don't know if this is american cultural aspect, but that sounds ridiculous here in Brazil of controlling sexual life of people.

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Ann Fontaine
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Ann Fontaine

Yes married to his second wife.

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Daniel Jarvis
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Daniel Jarvis

how approp in this special week of scapegoating

we all know the song...lets sing along "you grab a hammer, I'll grab some nails, Baby!"

who among us does not intentionally hide our sins..from others, from ourselves, from God?

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Ann Fontaine
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Ann Fontaine

It is not scapegoating to ask someone to accept the consequences of their actions. Does not mean he cannot be forgiven or have care. Think about the victim for a while - that is the person who is mostly being scapegoated.

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Carolyn Peet
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Carolyn Peet

Perhaps they should consider tightening the standards for bishop. There is one in California who is on his THIRD marriage!

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