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.
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