Presiding Bishop Michael Curry announces independent investigation

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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued the following statement to the staff of the Episcopal Church.

December 18, 2015

Dear Friends,

I have today engaged a law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the concerns that led me to place three members of senior management on administrative leave last week. The firm is Curley, Hessinger & Johnsrud LLP, of New York and Philadelphia, and the work will be carried out by Michael A. Curley, the firm’s senior partner, and partner Lindsay Vest.  The Curley firm has begun a review of the concerns that have been raised, and is expected to brief me about its plan for the investigation early in the new year.

Faithfully,

Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry

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Bruce Kleinschmidt
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Bruce Kleinschmidt

I'm curious as to what happened to the press conference that was supposed to be held on Monday. The whole thing is very upsetting.

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Ann Fontaine
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Ann Fontaine

There was a meeting with staff - no press conference scheduled

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Bruce Kleinschmidt
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Bruce Kleinschmidt

Thanks for the clarification. I guess it was a video conference and I misread it. I'm just rather bothered as I went to college with Stacy Sauls & his wife so we've been friends for 40 years.

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Jay Croft
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Jay Croft

I think that the PB has no choice but to be opaque at this point. These are personnel matters and thus are confidential.

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Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly
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Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly

Opaque, indeed. How to say something without saying anything at all. What happened to cause the investigation?

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Paul Woodrum
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Curiouser and curiouser and still totally opaque. How frightfully ecclesiastical.

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Prof Christopher Seitz
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Prof Christopher Seitz

Employment Law experts?

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Bill Reeder
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Bill Reeder

But with an emphasis on labor law according to his biography.

One could infer the investigation centers on employment and management practices at 815.

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Prof Christopher Seitz
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Prof Christopher Seitz

Thanks. Your note is helpful.

I gather the COO hired a personal friend to serve in upper management. There is also the tape recording incident. I'd want to get to the bottom of that asap. It didn't get secreted away by itself.

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