Trinity Episcopal Church’s rector was fired earlier this month after a forensic audit found he used more than $200,000 in church funds for his personal use, according to a church official.
The Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillet had been placed on leave in April after a financial review by church leaders found he had misspent a minimum of $125,000 in church funds over the last five years.
A federal judge sentenced Gregory Lisby, a former priest in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, to six years in prison on Sept. 18 for possession of child pornography.
At the time of his arrest, Lisby had been living with his husband, the rector of a different church in Worcester, in that church’s rectory with their two children. Fisher [Western Massachusetts Bishop Douglas Fisher] said Lisby’s husband has filed for divorce and “is in no way implicated in any of these charges.”
The women were protesting against what they said was inadequate action from the church over allegations of sexual misconduct by priests in the Anglican church of Southern Africa, including one who Rev Major says raped her.
“My fight isn’t against the church, it’s against the hierarchy and patriarchy that silences women, who tells us to keep quiet and who finds fault with us and allows the perpetrator to continue doing what they are doing,” she told South African media.
But this was not the first time Rev Major had protested against the church’s alleged silence on the issue.
Bishop Jonathan Gibbs said: “While there is much work now to be done the decision to start a support fund is an important and vital step in our response to survivors. This is an endorsement by the Archbishops’ Council of General Synod’s unanimous vote in February for a more fully survivor-centred approach to safeguarding, including arrangements for redress.’