Title IV charges against Bishop Bruno sent to Reference Panel


The complaint by members of St James the Great and others against The Rt Rev Jon Bruno of Los Angeles has been accepted and referred to a Panel of Reference for review and action. Bishop Clayton Matthews is the head of the Office of Pastoral Development whose office deals with Title IV complaints against bishops.

From Religion News Services:

The national Episcopal Church has referred charges against L.A. Bishop J. Jon Bruno to a three-bishop panel “for further review and action,” according to Bishop F. Clayton Matthews, head of the church’s Office of Pastoral Development.

The charges were brought by members of St. James the Great Episcopal Church in Newport Beach, CA, and other clergy and lay members of the Los Angeles Diocese. The charges – called a presentment – include many instances of alleged “dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation” by Bishop Bruno in connection with the pending sale of the St. James the Great property. The presentment also alleges conduct unbecoming a bishop and violations of the vows of ordination. …

“I have been conducting interviews and reviewing correspondence with persons relevant to the matters you have raised,” Bishop Matthews wrote to representatives of the St. James congregation. “I have determined that if the allegations presented are true, canonical violations may have occurred.” Bishop Matthews forwarded the allegations to the Reference Panel of the church, which consists of himself, the church’s presiding bishop, and the head of the church’s Disciplinary Board. The Panel has a range of options available, from mediation to sanctions against Bishop Bruno to his removal.

From the Newport Beach Independent  — The Rt Rev. Catharine Waynick is the other member of the panel with the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Bishop Matthews.


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