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St James the Great files more charges against Bishop Bruno

St James the Great files more charges against Bishop Bruno

St James the Great in the Diocese of Los Angeles has filed more charges against Bishop Bruno. The church has been closed by Bishop Bruno. The congregation and vicar feel this action was illegally pursued and they continue to meet in a park across the street from the locked building.

This is a further supplement to the Presentment with respect to Bishop Bruno of the Los Angeles Diocese and is submitted in order to identify additional canonical violations by the Bishop that have occurred or become known to the signatories since the last submission on July 16, 2015. The additional violations are set out in detail in Attachment A (relating to fraud, deceit or misrepresentations under Canon IV.4.Sec 1(h)(6)) and Attachment B (relating to conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy under Canon IV.4.Sec. 1(h)(8)). Attachment B includes a description of violations by Bishop Bruno of your specific request to him, in your letter of July 15, 2015, not to make contact with the complainants during your initial investigation. In fact during your investigation Bishop Bruno through his attorney continued his aggressive efforts to take the deposition of the spouse of the St James vicar and threatened sanctions for delay of that deposition and, more astonishingly, on July 21, 2015, in a lengthy letter threatened the entire Save Saint James the Great organization, whose members include most of the signatories, with a new legal action for “malicious prosecution” for continuing its legal case against the Bishop on the basis of a deed restriction that is clear in the public records in Orange County, California. In view of these developments and the efforts by the Bishop and the Diocese to destroy the congregation and divert its assets, the situation has badly deteriorated and the complainants now believe it is very unlikely that any effort at conciliation will prove fruitful in this matter.

Read it all here.

Facebook page for St James the Great is here.

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David Allen

I believe that there are opinions that things claimed in the charges filed against the bishop of Dio LA occurred. Nothing is currently established fact. There is evidence/testimony on record that is in disagreement with the charges.

Again, until the investigation is completed, there are no established facts and it is premature and presumptuous to suggest otherwise.

Asking folks attending a mission congregation to seek a church home with any of three nearby established parishes and then setting an announced date that the building the mission uses will be no longer available is not, in my opinion, throwing a congregation into the street.

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Dave Thomas

In all likelihood, there are many truths that are not publicly known about this situation at this time. However, several points are obvious. First among these is the fact a growing congregation and ministry has been treated with an inexcusable amount of disrespect by leaders who should be about protecting their flock instead of "disbanding" them and tossing them aside. These are real people (with real feelings) and can not be reduced to disposable assets.

Secondly, evidence suggests plans and legal maneuverings were made and set in motion for a certain outcome while the congregation was told otherwise. The fact no excuse for this has been forthcoming speaks volumes.

I do think there is one fact no one can dispute: this should never have escalated to the point of throwing a congregation out on the street.

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David Allen

That's one way of approaching it.

Or perhaps there is a former mission congregation which was canonically/legally disbanded by the bishop, but which persists in disobedience to that directive.

We shan't know which scenario comes close to the truth until this process and its resulting investigation is finished.

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Paul Powers

Has the bishop declared that the mission is dissolved? From an article in the Living Church:

For her part, Standing Committee President Melissa McCarthy said in a June 11 letter to the diocesan council that “the community of St. James the Great is not, nor has it ever been, the building.”

“Most importantly at this time is the support for the mission of St. James the Great and all it can be,” McCarthy wrote. “We pray they will be able to continue the mission and ministry to which they are being called.”
http://www.livingchurch.org/great-turmoil-newport-beach

I think Bishop Bruno, whose episcopate will soon be ending (he's called for the election of a co-adjutor), has been pastorally tone deaf in his handling of this matter, but I'm not convinced that it rises to the level of conduct unbecoming of a bishop.

By the way, the ACNA congregation has found a new building. The TEC congregation may want to follow their example.

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James Newman

I agree that it is rambling, but may I note that this congregation is barely holding on with the ends of their fingernails while the Bishop vacations in Italy and deploys his whole staff and numerous attorneys to wreak havoc.

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Dennis Roberts

I thought it was well written and proceended logically through their main points. I rather had the feeling that it was written by an attorney. It lays out a strong case for Bruno to, at the very least, stay away from this parish. Perhaps an even better result would be for him to take off some time to spend with his family as the euphemism for forced resignations is often described.

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