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Second lawsuit filed in the Bede Parry affair: The Church of England Newspaper, Aug 12, 2011 p 6. August 17, 2011

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The Rev. Bede Parry

First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

A second lawsuit has been filed in Missouri in the Bede Parry affair, accusing the former Roman Catholic turned Episcopal priest of abuse, and asserting that Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori knowingly received a confessed child abuser into the Episcopal ministry.

On 21 July a lawsuit was brought by a man identified as John Doe 48 against Conception Abbey in Missouri, alleging that when he was a teenage music student of Fr Parry’s at the abbey in the early 1980s, he was sexually molested by the priest.

Neither Fr Parry nor the Episcopal Church is named in the suit, which seeks damages from the Catholic monastery for failing to supervise Parry, covering up his abuse, and failing to take appropriate action.

However, like the 23 June lawsuit that led to Fr Parry’s resignation as assistant minister at All Saints Episcopal Church in Las Vegas, the new lawsuit states the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada was given a copy of a psychological examination in 2000 that identified Fr Parry as a serial sexual abuser.

The Bishop of Nevada, the Rt Rev Dan Edwards has denied any knowledge of the report writing on his diocesan website last month, “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.”

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has so far declined to respond to questions about what she knew of Fr Parry’s past when she received him in the Episcopal ministry in 2004.  In 1987 Fr Parry was the subject of an ecclesiastical proceeding in the Catholic Church that formally suspended his licence to act as a priest.  The psychological evaluation conducted in 2000 was undertaken when Fr Parry sought to join a new abbey.

Critics of the Presiding Bishop have charged her with violating the Church’s canons governing the reception of Catholic priests, which required her to have received a certificate from Fr Parry’s abbot or bishop attesting to the fact that his withdrawal from the ministry of the Catholic Church was not due to misconduct.

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