An ecclesiastical trial court has issued its final judgment and sentence that Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Bishop Charles Bennison should be deposed from the ordained ministry of the Episcopal Church for having engaged in conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy.
The Court for the Trial of a Bishop upheld a decision it had made on September 30, 2008 that deposition was appropriate "in recognition of the nature of the offense and because [Bennison] has failed to demonstrate that he comprehends and takes responsibility for the harm that he has caused." Bennison has been inhibited or barred from exercising his ordained ministry since October 30, 2007 when he was first ordered to stand trial on a presentment, the church's equivalent of an indictment.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Episcopal Bishop of Pennsylvania Deposed for engaging in "conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy ..."