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Indian bishop suspended for assault: Anglican Ink, April 11, 2013 April 12, 2013

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Bishop J.A.D. Jebachandran

The church of South India has suspended the Bishop in Thoothukudi-Nazareth Diocese for assaulting the church’s general secretary during a meeting of the Synod’s Executive Council in February.

On 3 April 2013 Sun TV reported that moderator of the CSI, the Bishop in Kanyakumari Diocese G. Devakadasham, had assumed temporary oversight of the diocese following the suspension of Bishop J.A.D. Jebachandran  for assaulting General Secretary M.M. Philip.

Spokesmen for the bishop and the executive council did not respond to requests for clarification but the anti-corruption lay group Youth4CSI reports the spat between the bishop and the Synod’s Executive Council is politically and financially motivated.
Read it all in Anglican Ink.

Clergyman under police supervision: The Church of England Newspaper, March 17, 2013 p 7. March 24, 2013

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The former assistant Bishop of Kampala, Dr. Zac Niringiye, reports that he remains under police supervision following his arrest last month for having distributed leaflets calling for an end to government corruption.

In a statement distributed by the Langham Partnership on 20 February 2013, Dr. Niringiye wrote: “I have since reported twice to the Police in keeping with what I was required to do. Each time I am told to report again. I guess the file is still with the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions). I am aware that I could be taken to court and charged with the crime of ‘inciting violence’; or asked to report again; or, released with the case dismissed on the advice of the DPP. But clearly there is no case. These are just efforts of a regime in survival mode…worried of any dissent. It is tragic that now, it seems, it is protecting the corrupt.”

On 4 Feb Dr. Niringiye and members of the Black Monday Movement — an initiative by Ugandan Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to combat government corruption — were arrested by police for distributing their newsletter on campus of Makerere University. A Visiting Fellow at the University’s School of Law, Dr. Niringiye said he was handing out around the Catholic Students Chapel and when he returned to his car for a second bundle he was arrested.

“It is as I was leaving the precincts of Lumumba Hall that a Police pick-up blocked me. Then another two pick-ups police in riot gear…. and then the Police Officer (one who is notorious for dealing with political opposition figures ruthlessly) came to my window, informed me that I was needed for questioning at the Police Station, in respect to the activities I was undertaking that morning. I followed in my car to the Police Station. On arrival, I was ushered in one office, at which point Officer Omala told me I was under arrest for ‘inciting violence’. I was interrogated for about three hours in total, put in the police cell where I was for about 6 hours. I was later released on Police bond. I was told that I would have to report to the Police Station on Thursday 14 February, as my file was forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).”

“Keep in prayer with me and all our colleagues with whom we are engaged in this work in Uganda,” the bishop asked.

Police probe of former dean on fraud charges: The Church of England Newspaper, Aug 5, 2011 p 5. August 9, 2011

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The Rev. Jonathan Kirkpatrick

First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

The former Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral in Dunedin, New Zealand is the subject of a police inquiry and has been accused of diverting funds from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

The Rev. Jonathan Kirkpatrick resigned from his post as chief executive of the AUT Business Innovation Centre after more than £250,000 went missing from the school’s accounts.  Mr. Kirkpatrick had been serving as priest in charge of St Albans church in Balmoral, but a spokesman for the Diocese of Auckland told the New Zealand Herald the priest no longer exercised “any role of responsibility in the church.”

A well known gay rights activist in the New Zealand church, Mr. Kirkpatrick was the partner of NZ Labour MP Tim Barnett for 18 years and had been a vocal supporter of changing the church’s teachings on morals and marriage.

Last week the University released a statement saying that “as a consequence of AUT’s investigations into the accounting discrepancies, Mr. Jonathan Kirkpatrick has resigned. The matter is now under police investigation.”

The police have confirmed that an investigation is underway, but have declined to comment on their inquiries.