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Anglican Unscripted, November 21, 2011 November 23, 2011

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Kevin and George discuss Dr. Jeffert-Shori’s denial letter and AMiA’s role the 2008 Rwanda Canons. Also in this week’s episode Peter Ould discusses the on going saga of the Church of England and women Bishops; and AS Haley gives his time slot to the latest news from Georgia and the Diocese of South Carolina. Oh… and there is important news at the end of Episode 19 too.

Anglican Unscripted.

Anglican Unscripted, Episode 18, November 14, 2011 November 15, 2011

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Kevin and George bring more news from Rwanda/ Pawleys Island and shed light on Documents they have received.. They also discuss the end to the Anglican Covenant and the Parable of the Talents. Allan Haley talks about Penn State and how it is handling last weeks tragic news. Also this week there is an interview with Bishop Dobbs.

Cover up questions dog presiding bishop: The Church of England Newspaper, November 11, 2011 p 7 November 10, 2011

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First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

The president of the Catholic League – an American Roman Catholic pressure group – has denounced Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori for receiving into the priesthood of the Episcopal Church a man dismissed from the Roman Catholic priesthood for having being a sexual abuser.

On 7 November 2011 Bill Donohue of the Catholic League issued a statement saying: “[Bishop] Jefferts Schori, knew about the sexual abuse activities of a homosexual candidate for the Episcopal priesthood, did nothing about it, and indeed allowed him to become a priest.”

Mr Donohue complained that it was “surreal” that activists from the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) were protesting against the conduct of the Rev Bede Parry – the former Catholic turned Episcopal priest — outside the Roman Catholic Church’s Cathedral in Kansas City. “Why wasn’t it in New York City, home to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States? She’s the issue,” Mr Donohue charged.

The protests over Mr Parry came after a statement signed by the retired priest that confessed to his misconduct was posted on the Internet. The confession alleged that Parry’s superiors in the Catholic Church knew of his misconduct as did Bishop Jefferts Schori.

However, The Church of England Newspaper could not confirm the veracity of the confession. Mr Parry’s legal counsel, Joseph Paul Smith, told CEN he had no knowledge of the 7 May 2011 confession and would have to ask his client about the document.

Two charges contained in the document, however, appear to spell trouble for Bishop Jefferts Schori – the bishop who in 2004 received Parry in to the Episcopal Church. The confession states that a copy of a psychological evaluation conducted by a Catholic monastery in 2000 was given to Bishop Jefferts Schori. In his confession, Mr Parry stated the evaluation found he had a “proclivity to reoffend with minors” and was considered grounds for refusing him admission into a California monastery.

Mr Parry also stated the Abbot Gregory Polan of Conception Abbey “would later share the information with” Bishop Jefferts Schori. The Diocese of Nevada had until this time denied any knowledge of this report and has denied its relevance to Mr Parry’s reception as an Episcopal priest.

The confession also states that Parry was dismissed from the priesthood of the Catholic Church in 2002. However, in 2004 Bishop Jefferts Schori received the now laicized priest into the Episcopal Church without re-ordaining him.

A spokesman for the Presiding Bishop declined to comment on the Catholic League’s charges, and referred inquiries to the Diocese of Nevada’s July 2011 statement that a review of its files showed that all of the proper canons were followed in Parry’s process of reception into the Episcopal Church.

All of the instances of abuse committed by Mr Parry occurred when he was a Roman Catholic priest, the Nevada Episcopal statement said, and no evidence exists of misconduct during his service in the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada.

However, canon lawyer Allan Haley said the latest revelations raised the question whether “Bishop Jefferts Schori was made aware of Parry’s cooperative dismissal from his orders in the Catholic Church? And if his prior offences were grounds enough for his dismissal from orders, why were they not likewise grounds for refusing to receive him as a priest in the Episcopal Church?”

Mr Haley noted that under the canons of the Episcopal Church in effect in 2003, Mr Parry was obliged to supply “[e]vidence of previous Ministry and that all other credentials are valid and authentic.”

“How could he have met this requirement if his credentials had been declared invalid by the Catholic Church — with his cooperation and consent,” he asked, adding the “questions for Bishop Jefferts Schori just get curiouser and curiouser.”

Anglican Unscripted Oct 31, 2011 November 3, 2011

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Anglican Unscripted examines the tensions between the ACNA and the Church of Nigeria over the new Diocese of the Trinity, unconfirmed reports about the AMiA’s future, the trouble at St Paul’s and the latest on Katharine Jefferts Schori and Bede Parry.


Erratum: In this video I stated that Christ Church Plano withdrew from the AMiA over the issue of women’s ordination.  The rector of Christ Church Plano, Canon David Roseberry, kindly wrote to me and stated that this was not the case.  I mentioned Christ Church as an example of the gracious way the AMiA has handled disaffiliation of parishes.  I believe how that episode was resolved speaks highly of the integrity and Christian charity of the AMiA leadership and Canon Roseberry.  I regret I stepped on the story by adding an extraneous statement about why the parish left—and got that bit wrong.  Please excuse the error.

George Conger

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.