Comments on: Offending priest handled “by the book” by Episcopal Church leader Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: BenVarnum Mon, 11 Jul 2011 20:46:35 +0000 I am a member of the Episcopal Church. This article has missed a lot of details (for example, the lawsuit is a civil, not criminal, lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Abbey where the man was a priest, no Episcopal church or other body is named as a defendent, nor even is the priest himself, and he has had no incidences of abuse reported since 1987. He was received as an Episcopal priest in 2002).

The article also has at least one major thing incorrect. In the article as written:

“Jefferts Schori and a committee of clergy and lay people were also aware that Parry went for treatment, but that a subsequent psychological examination in 2000 found he was a sexual abuser who had a proclivity to reoffend with minors.”

However, from the report (where some of the article’s quotes are taken from):  ?option=com_k2&view=item&id=156:stateme nt-regarding-resignation-of-fr-bede-parr y&lang=en

“It has been reported that there was a psychological examination showing that he was likely to repeat his offense. No such report was sent to the Diocese of Nevada and, to this day, we have no knowledge of its existence other than an assertion by the plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer in a John Doe lawsuit against the monastery. […] The Diocese of Nevada, however, did have our own independent psychological evaluation done by a psychologist and it did not indicate any pathology or risk.”

From the people who have the archives relating to his reception, this report doesn’t exist. A cynic might say that this is “covering up,” but the reporting done here in this blog doesn’t address that question; rather, it either assumes it or has bad information.

By: CB2031 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 21:21:33 +0000 “By the book.” Roughly speaking, the Bible calls for meaningful confession, apology, sorrow, restitution, and repentance by offender to offended. And then forgiveness and reconciliation from offended to offender. With the help of the community if necessary. Biblical repentance and reconciliation are not cheap, but they are possible. In the case of criminal sexual abuse, repentance includes making a full and honest statement of all crimes to the police. Anything else is not righteousness, but defensive selfishness. Biblical atonement is soaked in the Blood of Christ. Failing that:

Ephesians 5:6-11
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

By: GBullough Thu, 07 Jul 2011 20:08:41 +0000 “By the Book?” Who wrote the book? Cardinal Bernard Law?

Schori needs to get a new book.

One that says “don’t ordain someone who admits to being a sex offender in conjunction with his prior ministry.”

Pretty short book.

This woman is quite accomplished. She managed to, in the first generation of female bishops, indulge in the sort of arrogance and clerialism that it took Roman Catholic male bishops two millenia to master.