Wednesday, October 21, 2020

BUSTED: Perjuring Priest Bob Malm Caught Lying to Bishop!


Episcopal priest Bob Malm

REPOST: Check it out: In perjuring priest Bob Malm’s court filings, he PROVES conclusively that he lied to bishop Shannon Johnston. Yup, this comes directly from his own court filings, and is an email he sent to the bishop.

Specifically, he claims that I left RPJ Housing prior to coming to Grace. As he well knows, that is a boldfaced lie:
  • I hired Kelly while a member of Grace Church, and based largely on her mother’s comment that they could really use the money, as Kelly had not worked for an extended period of time.
  • Bob Malm discussed issues involving Kelly Gable and RPJ Housing with Elizabeth Legere in January 2014, and with Kelly Gable and me. 
  • Patrick Crerar and I discussed my employment with RPJ Housing multiple times, with my even hiring a member of La Gracia following discussions with him. 
  • I hired church member Amy Barron during my time at Grace Church. Amy worked at RPJ Housing’s offices at the Church of the Covenant. 
So, if there was any doubt that Bob Malm is a lying POS, this should put those doubts firmly to rest. And if anyone doubts my claims, I will be more than happy to subpoena multiple witnesses who can conclusively show that I was, in fact, executive director of RPJ Housing while a member of Grace Church. So, if Bob doesn’t agree that he lied to Bishop Shannon Johnston, he should file suit for defamation. In fact, I encourage him to do so.



BREAKING NEWS: The Wartburg Watch Again Covers Perjuring Priest Bob Malm's Misconduct, More Coverage Coming!

Grace Episcopal Alexandria

As readers of this blog know, I have on multiple occasions suggested that Kelly Motormouth Gable and perjuring priest Bob Malm should put their money where their mouth is and file a police report regarding their allegations that I embezzled from a previous employer. Indeed, the church's attorney has claimed in her pleadings that perjuring priest Bob Malm had a "moral duty" to tell others in the church about their allegations. 

Thus, I have called on perjuring priest Bob Malm to put his money where his mouth is, fulfill his alleged "moral duty" and call the police.

Today, The Wartburg Watch covered these issues.

In reading the article, it's important to remember that  perjuring priest Bob Malm's defamation of me includes two other areas of misconduct. These include:

  1. His concealment of the email in the previous litigation, even though it was expressly within the purview of discovery. In this regard, perjuring priest Bob Malm's conduct also implicates Sugarland Chiow.
  2. His addition of the defamatory bit about hacking. In this regard, it will be interesting to see if perjuring priest Bob Malm is prepared, in conjunction with litigation, to name the parishioners who believe I have hacked church infrastructure.
Nor is this the only article coming. Another Anglican blog (no, not mine) is covering the story, and a major daily newspaper may cover the story.

Of course, we likely will soon see derogatory comments from the Princess Porcine, Lisa Medley, who likes to wade in to the dispute, even going so far as to lie in her comments. Despite this, Lisa lacks the backbone to put her name on her comments, which says a lot about Lisa.

At the end of the day, I still see no signs that perjuring priest Bob Malm, Kelly Motormouth Gable, or any of the other good Christians at Grace Church have put their money where their mouth is and filed a police report. And no matter how many ad hominem attacks Lisa et al drag out, that fundamental reality remains unchanged.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Bonetti v. Malm: Perjuring Priest Bob Malm Files Discovery Responses in PA, Again Lies Under Oath

Check it out. Perjuring priest Bob Malm’s discovery responses in the Pennsylvania lawsuit follow. Among his lies under oath:

  • Denying that he lied under oath in the Virginia lawsuit.
  • Denying that he knew that Mom was terminally ill when he tried to drag her into court 
Bob Malm, perjuring priest. Shutting down the Episcopal Church, one lie at a time.

BREAKING NEWS: Perjuring Priest Bob Malm Discovery Responses Go Live Tonight



In an earlier post, I discussed the importance of truthtelliing and accountability as key to health and wholeness, and as a gesture of respect for the Grace Episcopal Alexandria community.

With that in mind, later tonight, and as an example of worst practices, I will be publishing a variety of perjuring priest Bob Malm’s discovery responses. These make clear to even a casual observer that perjuring priest Bob Malm’s conduct is the antithesis of what people can and should expect from clergy.

And as you read perjuring priest Bob Malm’s responses, ask yourself why he is afraid to answer questions openly, honestly and truthfully. 

The answer tells you everything you need to know about perjuring priest Bob Malm and Grace Episcopal Alexandria. And it underscores an important reality, one that perjuring priest Bob Malm still does not understand. That reality is that churches invariably lose when they go to court. That is the case even if they win the litigation.

Bonetti v. Malm — Attorney Rachel Wenger Files Motion to Correct Her Violation of State Law

Perjuring priest Bob Malm attorney Rachel Wenger

Some tine ago, Pennsylvania passed legislation providing for the protection of confidential information in legal pleadings.

Being the top-notch attorney that she is, however, Ms. Wenger, much like Sugarland Chiow, did not feel the need to read her own pleadings. Thus, her most recent filing in the Venango County Court of Common Pleas included my social security number, in violation of state law.

I promptly filed a motion with the court asking for the information to be redacted, and informed Ms. Wenger of her violation of state law. I also told her that, should she decide to include confidential information in future filings, she and defense co-counsel will face attorney disciplinary complaints.

In response, this morning Ms. Wenger filed the attached motion with the court.

All involved may be sure that I will screen Ms. Wenger’s filings diligently for future disciplinary violations.

Just think — you too can join in the fun. Become a member of Grace Episcopal Alexandria today!


Grace Church Alexandria Continues to Lie by Omission

Grace Episcopal Alexandria


“Omission is the most powerful form of lie.”

 George Orwell


As Jason Roberson, Michael Guy, and the now largely moribund Diocese of Virginia continue to bloviate about telling the truth and becoming beloved community, they dig themselves further into the current ethical hole in which they reside.

How so? Is not telling the truth essential to reconciliation and becoming beloved community?

Indeed, telling the truth is the first step towards any healthy relationship.

Lying, on the other hand, is invariably corrosive to a relationship, even when undetected. And letting lying lies lie is, in some ways, even worse, for the hidden corrosive value of deception continues to eat at the fabric of healthy relationships, while ignoring the ethical imperative of truth telling.

Even worse is when a person or organization proclaims that it is changing its ways, yet does nothing meaningful to make it happen. Thus, existing lies become buried under a veneer of truth and wholeness that ultimately proves to be nothing more than whitewash and coverup.

In the case of Grace Episcopal Alexandria, the clergy perjury parish, the church continues to lie by omission. Neither Bob Malm, nor the church’s dysfunctional vestry, nor its current clergy, nor its core members, are willing to tell the truth. Indeed, they have so little respect for the parish and its wellbeing that they continue to try to defend their conduct in court. The church’s priority has become winning in court, versus conducting itself as befits Christians. It has become nothing but a very badly run nonprofit.

As a result, all the world can see for itself the lies of Grace Church, including:

  • Perjuring priest Bob Malm’s claim that he was threatened by “domestic terrorism,” 
  • Sugarland Chiow’s fake places, fake events, and fabrications in his legal pleadings.
  • Bob Malm’s claim that Mom or someone purporting to be her contacted him repeatedly to set up appointments, only to cancel.
  • Bob Malm’s lie that Mike resigned his membership in the parish in 2015. 
  • Kelly Motormouth Gable and perjuring priest Bob Malm’s defamatory claim that I embezzled money from a previous employer. And that’s a particularly hard one to avoid, as we have yet to see perjuring priest Bob Malm or Kelly Gable take me up on my suggestion that they call the police.

Indeed, even third-party publications, like The Wartburg Watch, openly and expressly refer to the church’s lies as just that — lies. 

Yet perjuring priest Bob Malm and the parish continue to make things worse by trying to defend their conduct in court, claiming that it was justified, appropriate, not tortuous, you name it. 

In short, they try every trick in the book to avoid being adults and admitting to their misconduct. That’s how cowards and bullies deal with things. That’s not how Christians should deal with things. And yes, perjuring priest Bob Malm and Sugarland Chiow are bullies and cowards. Feel free to quote me.

Meanwhile, folks like the Princess Porcine, Lisa Medley, make things still worse when they deliberately mischaracterize the church’s problems. For example, at one point, Lisa claimed that I “narcissistically attributed” the problems at the church to a conflict of my own making. 

That’s absolutely false. 

I give Grace Church full credit for the mess it has made of itself. 

That includes Lisa, with her willingness to disclose confidential giving in the parish, and her myriad lies, including about how I wasn’t given the door code because “it had been months” since I attended (when in reality it was three weeks), full recognition for the damage she has done to the church and its reputation. Same goes for Alison Campbell and others, including the toxic person who is so unhealthy that she thinks it’s okay to urge me to commit suicide. Their actions paint a damning picture of a toxic church that Jesus would and does find disgusting and repulsive.

As to the comments of the Princess Porcine, Lisa Medley, and others about being flawed human beings and how this should, by extension, give them a pass on their behavior, no such luck. That sort of logical fallacy is the excuse that sociopaths and narcissists use to avoid accountability. We’re all flawed human beings, but that doesn’t justify Bob Malm’s perjury, Sugarland Chiow’s fabrications, or the other egregious misconduct in the parish. That includes Lisa’s childish and hateful conduct.

In short, the church continues to lie, both overtly and by omission, when it claims to be striving to become the beloved community, even as it attempts to minimize and defend its misconduct.

And in case it hasn’t dawned on members of the clergy, the vestry, or the search committee, let me be the first to spring it on them: No priest worth having is going to be willing to come to Grace Episcopal Alexandria until the church demonstrates, through tangible, concrete actions, that it is willing to own up to its past, tell the truth, and work towards healing.

None.

And because folks at Grace will misread the previous paragraph in an effort to make my comments align with their thinking, let me be clear: No priest worth having will come to Grace Church. Yes, the church can hire a rector, but he or she will either be another narcissist, seemingly immensely likable on the surface while being toxic at the core. Or the new rector will be clueless, inept and lacking in self-esteem. But even someone who specializes in helping toxic churches regroup — and they are out there — will only take the gig if there is a meaningful commitment to change. Just like an alcoholic, the first step to healing is for the church to admit it has a problem. And Grace Church is utterly unwilling to do so.

For the record, owning up to its past does NOT include anything akin to Sugarland Chiow’s jacked up settlement proposal with a confidentiality clause and an “agreed-upon statement” that babbles on nonsensically about “in the spirit of healing.” 

Indeed, before Sugarland and perjuring priest Bob Malm realized I wasn’t going to roll over, they declined in writing my offer to settle our dispute in exchange for nothing more than their written agreement to leave me and Mike alone. They also rejected our request for confidentiality. 

Well, guess what? Sugarland and perjuring priest Bob Malm got their wish. No confidentiality and no end to the conflict. I can and will outlast Grace Church, regardless of the outcome of the present litigation. In fact, I am sufficiently irritated by the church’s conduct that I would be perfectly happy to lose the present lawsuits. Doing so would just give me that much more to write about, and Grace Church has nothing that I want or need. In short, Grace Church holds no power, no clout, and no leverage in this conflict.

None.

Healing involves truth telling. It does not include incentivizing Sugarland Chiow’s fabrications, inflammatory rhetoric, and un-Christian conduct. Any effort to sweep Grace Church’s misconduct under the rug simply further damages the church, and reinforces how little Sugarland Chiow and others at the parish understand what is required for healing in a faith community.




Monday, October 19, 2020

Annual Parochial Reports Show Continuing Decline, Dire Future For Denomination

Bishop Susan Goff

Even as Grace Episcopal, the clergy perjury parish, faces the loss of almost 25 percent of its purchasing power following Bob Malm’s 2015 misconduct, the denomination lags not far behind in its decline.

Specifically, while giving is up for the denomination as a whole, the Episcopal Church continues to shed members at an unsustainable rate. This led to even official church publications predicting a “dire future” for the church.

Pretty alarming, right? In fact, if the church were a for-profit facing the sort of precipitous decline documented in the annual parochial reports, it would be a case of all hands to battle stations. Shareholders would be in full-blown revolt, and heads would roll in the c-suite.

So what is the Episcopal Church’s response?

Nothing. Deafening silence.

In fact, at the last meeting of the house of bishops, the house couldn’t even come to closure on the issue of virtual consecration. But if nothing else, the few remaining Episcopalians in 20 years are going to require virtual consecration, because they won’t be able to afford the current creaky edifice that makes up the church. And they’ll be so thinly geographically dispersed that in-person consecration will be a logistical impossibility for many.

(Contemplating the 2040 version of the old-time circuit riders is amusing. Eight AM Mass at Trinity Wall Street, followed by jumping on the bullet train for 11 AM Mass at the National Cathedral; blasting off the runway for a hyper-speed flight to Tampa, wheels down just in time for Mass and a quick dinner with the retirees; culminating in a mad dash to Phoenix for low Mass and evening prayer. Ain’t travel in the mid-21st century grand?)

Even worse, the numbers do not reflect the impact of the pandemic. Reduced to lackluster online renditions of tired old rote rituals, further precipitous decline is inevitable.

Meanwhile, Grace Episcopal has learned nothing from recent events. This all but guarantees that the parish will be gone in 20 years. 

Nor is the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia any better. Susan Goff, the hypocrite in chief, continues to defend perjuring priest Bob Malm’s misconduct—a sure sign of the moral bankruptcy of the Episcopal Church.

Bonetti v. Malm: Motion Under 231 Pa. Code § 1.99

Some time ago, Pennsylvania enacted legislation requiring attorneys to omit or redact certain confidential information, including social security numbers.

Despite that, perjuring priest Bob Malm’s attorney, Rachel Wenger, submitted confidential information in her pleadings. As a result, I have motioned the court to redact the relevant information, and asked for sanctions against Ms. Wenger. Further, I have notified defense counsel that future violations of confidentiality will result in the filing of a an attorney disciplinary complaint against her and co-counsel.


Bonetti v. Malm: Plaintiff’s Response to Defendant’s Preliminary Objections


Above is my memorandum in response to perjuring priest Bob Malm’s preliminary objections in the Pennsylvania lawsuit against him.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Reminder: Grace Episcopal Publicly Discloses Confidential Giving

With pledge season looming at Grace Episcopal Alexandria, it’s time for an important reminder. Specifically, while the church will tell you that giving is confidential, it is not.

I repeat: Your giving to Grace Episcopal Alexandria is not confidential. In fact, some imbecile may decide to post that information on social media.

Doubt it? Here’s proof in the form of a screen cap from The Wartburg Watch, in which a parishioner, believed to be Lisa Medley, shares the fact that someone in my family wrote a check to the church in the amount of $.02.

For the record, true to form the poster has her facts wrong. Leaving aside other lies in her post, the check for $.02 was neither giving to the church, nor written by me. Yet the fact remains: Individual giving is not supposed to be shared with other parishioners, nor posted to social media. The fact that the idiot behind this post doesn’t recognize this makes clear just how thoroughly toxic the parish is.

Unless you want to risk your personal data being posted to social media, it is best to avoid pledging to Grace Episcopal Alexandria.

Grace Episcopal Publicly Discloses Member Giving
Grace Episcopal Posts Details of Member Giving to Social Media

Grace Episcopal Alexandria Video Now on YouTube




Know what’s really ironic? Even with the screen caps and other documentation in this video, Easter Thompson, Lisa Medley, David Crosby, Alison Campbell, Kelly Gable, Jan Spence, Kirk Steffensen, Leslie Steffensen, Sugarland Chiow, Kemp Williams, and of course perjuring priest Bob Malm will continue to claim that Bob’s not a perjurer, that he didn’t try to push Mike out of the church, and more. Same for Susan Goff and the hypocrites at Mayo House, who have said that they will only exercise supervision over clergy if the latter face criminal charges. 

That’s groupthink life at Grace Church!

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Third Invitation: Time for Perjuring Priest Bob Malm and Kelly Motormouth Gable to Put Up or Shut Up

Kelly Motormouth Gable


In Grace Episcopal’s response to my defamation lawsuit, it inter alia claims that the church’s statement that I embezzled from a previous employer is privileged on the basis that Kelly Motormouth Gable and perjuring priest Bob Malm had a moral duty to discuss the matter. So, while we’re on the topic, here is my third invitation to the church, to perjuring priest Bob Malm, to Kelly Motormouth Gable, and to the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia to put up or shut up.

If the parish really believes that it has a moral duty to discuss alleged embezzlement by former members, then it follows that it has a corresponding duty to take that information to the police. Indeed, as a legal matter, any privilege is going to be greatly limited once a person is no longer a church member. In fact, the only clear privilege is to make a good-faith police report.

So, I am inviting the parish, Kelly Motormouth Gable, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, and anyone else who believes Kelly’s claim to be true to file a complaint with the police. That’s right — time to put on the big girl pants and deal openly with these issues. 

And by the way, below is the email I sent to attorney Wayne Cyron, inviting Kelly and Bob to be adults and take their allegations directly to the police.

Grace Episcopal Alexandria

The fact that there is no sign they have done so speaks volumes about Kelly, Grace Episcopal Church, and perjuring priest Bob Malm. Indeed, as I pointed out in my email, the fastest way to shut down the myriad lawsuits against the church would be for me to land in jail. So why don’t Kelly Motormouth Gable and perjuring priest Bob Malm have the integrity to put their cards on the table?

And consider the Christian glee that would erupt among the Princess Porcine, Lisa Medley; Alison “Bullying for Jesus” Campbell; and the other good Christians of Grace Church were the police able to file charges against me based on Kelly Motormouth Gable’s statements.

In a nutshell, there’s absolutely no reason for the church not to put its money where its mouth is and file a complaint with the police. 

So Grace Church, grow up. 

Be adults. 

Quit the petty junior high games, described by one third-party observer as “hateful and childish.” 

Put your money where your mouth is. 

File a police report today.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Grace Episcopal Alexandria: No Plan for the Future Means the Church Doesn’t Plan to Have a Future

Jason Roberson, Grace Episcopal Alexandria

Grace Episcopal Alexandria
If this is Jason’s idea of “growing and flourishing,” I’d hate like hell to see his idea of decline.


For many years now, Grace Episcopal Alexandria has known that it needs to engage in strategic planning. Indeed, lackadaisical perjuring priest Bob Malm himself acknowledged this, and made some perfunctory noises about having Lee Meeks leading such an effort. But to date, no such effort has been made, to the lasting detriment of the parish.

Before we go further, let’s look at what it takes for strategic planning to succeed. Success factors include:

  • Buy-in at every level of the parish.
  • Effective tactical planning, including business processes to support meaningful change.
  • Shared top-level vision.
  • No-holds-barred willingness to examine baseline issues.
  • Clear definitions.
  • Most important, integrity.
In this regard, Grace Episcopal Alexandria is in dire trouble on every front.

Even the church’s mission statement is problematic, for it focuses on unmeasurable intangibles. “A center for outreach and healing?” Just 3 percent of church funds go towards community service. Healing? The church is still trying to defend Bob Malm’s perjury and its own unethical conduct. Living mission through the Eucharist and the practice of our baptismal promises? Last I heard, perjury, bullying the dying, defaming others, and referring to other Christians as “domestic terrorists” was not in keeping with the baptismal covenant. (Or is it? So far, Grace Church is vigorously defending these actions.) Meanwhile, not many are even able to receive the Eucharist. Fine music? Arguable but nice, albeit hardly the stuff of which strategic planning is made.

As to buy-in, Bob Malm didn’t so much as lift a finger to get the ball rolling, and no one else has ever promoted the issue in a meaningful way. Indeed, my efforts to push the matter were met with angry recriminations by perjuring priest Bob Malm. Indeed, vestry candidate bios for years have referenced the challenges the church faces, but nothing ever gets done about it. Nothing.

Vision? The diocese, vestry, and search committee are trying to go straight into another rector, with very little effort to exorcise the baleful ghost of perjuring priest Bob Malm. Heck, the latter is still showing up for Shrine Mont, so he’s neither gone nor forgotten. And then there’s the Malm Narthex, named after the Perjurer in Chief. Nice. There’s a reason the discernment process sometimes uses a priest-in-charge, and Grace is the poster child for situations in which this approach is warranted.

Nor is there a willingness to tackle issues head-on. Any meaningful discussion would have questioned why perjuring priest Bob Malm was getting paid almost 200K a year, spending a month at the beach, and pulling down a 100K bonus as the church was shedding members and budget, church records were a shambles, and Bob was refusing to supervise staff (many of whom were woefully underpaid), and cutting employee health benefits. In other words, Bob was going to make sure that discussion went nowhere, because by definition it would have called into question his tenure as rector.

And members overall just want pretty music, nice flowers, lots of stained glass, and clouds of incense and they are good. There simply is no desire to rock the boat, even as it slowly sinks.

As to integrity, the parish still has Lisa Medley, the Princess Porcine, lying about the circumstances of my departure. Kelly Motormouth Gable continues her defamation. Perjuring priest Bob Malm continues to defend his perjury and other misconduct. And Alison “Bullying for Jesus” Campbell still justifies her conduct as a way to stick up for Kelly, even as the church implodes due to her childish, hateful conduct and similar behavior by others. In other words, the church is in the ethical sh***er and lacks any sort of ethical introspection, even as outsiders describe the church’s response to criticism as lacking in love and “childish and hateful.”

Nor has anyone ever explored and addressed perjuring priest Bob Malm’s misconduct towards other members of the parish, like lying about the imminent departure of church office staff, calling Lisa Doelp “a little spy,” or referring to Jan Spence as an “asshole.” (The latter is true, but we can do without clergy saying it, thank you. As to Bob’s comments about Lisa, I flat out do not believe them, nor Bob’s tale in support of his obnoxious claims.)

As presently postured, Grace Episcopal Alexandria is utterly unable to do anything meaningful to plan for the future. It lacks vision, commitment, and integrity, and all members want is for change to stay away. But change is here, in the form of ongoing church decline, and trying to ignore it is a recipe for disaster. Even worse are comments like Jason Roberson’s written claims that the church is growing and flourishing. It is not, and data published by the national church makes clear that this is, at best, a misstatement. Indeed, some might call it a lie.

Lastly, if you are a member and planning to pledge this fall, I urge you to make clear that continuing in financial support is conditioned on the church cleaning up its act. There is absolutely no reason to ignore the problems facing the church, nor to brush off Bob Malm’s perjury, efforts to subpoena a dying woman while falsely claiming that she contacted him repeatedly to set up appointments, and more. Nor have we ever seen the Princess Porcine Lisa Medley and the other lying scumbags in the church, including the twenty-something who urged me to commit suicide, take responsibility for their actions. And no, the whole junior high, “Well, he’s just as bad,” routine doesn’t cut it.

Even better, hold onto your funds until the church comes clean and demonstrates integrity and accountability. You are simply wasting your money if you are investing in a church that thinks perjury, defamation, and urging others to commit suicide is okay. Such churches in the end simply do not survive.

Feel free to quote me.

Loose Lips Sink Ships: Don’t be a Kelly

 

Kelly Gable

Dedicated to the Glory of God and in Honor of Bishop Susan Goff

 


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Perjuring Priest Bob Malm Updates Responses

Grace Episcopal Alexandria Lawsuits

In his responses to my interrogatories to him, perjuring priest Bob Malm has updated several of his answers. While for now I am treating the specifics as confidential pursuant to an informal agreement with perjuring priest Bob Malm’s attorney, suffice it to say his responses are consistent with the level of integrity Bob Malm has demonstrated to date.

Of course, as discussed in prior posts, church members may well question why perjuring priest Bob Malm wants to keep his answers secret. If his conduct is on the up-and-up, why not show the whole world?

It’s also worth noting that, with my demand for a jury trial, the matter is unlikely to go to trial until well into 2021 at the earliest. Thus, it’s a fair bet that Grace Church will continue its precipitous decline for the foreseeable future.

And of this you may be certain—as long as the church’s games continue and it fails to take responsibility for its actions, I will continue to vigorously oppose the parish on every front. I am not going to roll over for any organization that bullies my mother as she is dying--or that tries to bully my husband, Mike.

Grace Episcopal Alexandria and perjuring priest Bob Malm have operated without accountability for far too long.

Grace Episcopal Alexandria: More Media Coverage Coming

There’s another news story in the works, which details specifics of the mess at Grace Episcopal Alexandria, the clergy perjury parish, following the departure of perjuring priest Bob Malm.

Look for the story either Friday or next Monday.


Monday, October 12, 2020

Prospective Rectors: Beware the Clericalism of Grace Episcopal Alexandria

Any clergy considering coming to Grace Church, the clergy perjury parish, needs to be aware not only of the mess that is the parish, but of the myriad challenges that will confront them if they come to the parish. Key among these is the blind clericalism to which the church adheres.

In the case of the Roman Catholic church, many dioceses are in the process of dropping the names of abusive clergy from their buildings.

But at Grace Church, there remains a total unwillingness to examine perjuring priest Bob Malm’s conduct. Moreover, clericalism at Grace Church is simply over the top, with an unfortunate tradition in recent years of naming parts of the building after former clergy.

As a result, we now have the Malm Narthex, in honor of perjuring priest Bob Malm and dedicated to the Glory of God. 

I certainly cannot speak for God, but somehow I don’t think she likes being associated with Malm’s perjury, defamation, lies, and bullying. And she surely is not happy at perjuring priest Bob Malm’s forcing Mike out of the church just 16 months after being received into it.  Jesus welcomes the outcast. Bob Malm creates the outcast.

While we’re engaging in adulation of perjuring priest Bob Malm and feeding his narcissistic need for attention, why not name a few other things after some of his notable traits? For example, we could have the Perjury Pulpit, the Bullying Baptismal Font, the Lying Lawn, the Shunning Sanctuary. Heck, we could even have the Financial Mismanagement Facebook page. Or if we want to align perjuring priest Bob Malm’s time with the church with appropriate symbolism, the “Robert Hiller Malm Sewer Line. Dedicated to the Glory of God and Flushing the Resources of the Church Down the Drain.”

Needless to say, this hyper-indulgent clericalism will make life difficult for newcomers. And while gratitude for the positive aspects of Malm’s tenure with the parish certainly is appropriate, it is toxic when it blinds the church to Bob Malm’s abusive conduct and prevents accountability. (No, I am not going to refer to perjuring priest Bob Malm’s time with the parish as “ministry.” Any priest who engages in perjury and bullies the dying discredits those clergy who really do selflessly serve their parishes, often with limited pay and little time away.)

Nor is his bad behavior confined to me. Even Malm’s demands for a personal residence were for his exclusive benefit—the outcome was profoundly expensive for the parish, and Bob certainly did not return the favor by acting as a faithful steward of the church’s time, talent and treasure.

I’d also note that the recent trend at Grace Episcopal, the clergy perjury parish, towards idolizing outgoing clergy conveniently turns a blind eye to the sins of the past. This includes previous rectors with ties to slavery, who opposed the ordination of women, and more.

There’s even the issue of the rector, whose name I have forgotten, who briefly served until accused of being homosexual. Why isn’t part of the building named after him? At least we have no record of him being a perjurer. And by the way, when I last researched him, it appears that after leaving holy orders, he went to San Francisco, where he worked for a non-profit. As I recall,  he would have been quite old when I researched the matter in 2014, and thus he likely now is deceased. Today a hazy, dim portrait of him hangs in the hallway outside the clergy offices, very close to a cross that reminds us that God loves him, even if the parish didn’t.

Speaking of, as the parish continues its endless babbling about becoming the Beloved Community, I don’t see any repentance for the homophobia described above. Has the diocese or parish ever contacted him or his heirs/relatives? Of course not. If not dead, he’s certainly gone and, to use the famous excuse of Episcopalians everywhere, “It’s time to move on.” And like all abusers, church leaders will say, “Well, but it was so long ago. We’ve changed!”

How convenient.



Sunday, October 11, 2020

More on Perjuring Priest Bob Malm’s Answers to Interrogatories


Perjuring priest Bob Malm

As I previously posted, I am for now keeping the contents of perjuring priest Bob Malm’s answers to my interrogatories confidential, pursuant to an informal agreement with opposing counsel. I also have noted that his responses are about what I would expect from a priest who is a perjurer.

But there’s another aspect of Malm’s responses that is troubling, and that is his failure to reply under oath, as required by Va. R. Sup. Ct. 4:8. I have notified opposing counsel of the matter and, as mentioned previously, issued a Notice of Deficiency regarding evasive answers.

So why would perjuring priest Bob Malm not submit a sworn response as required by law? The most likely reason is that opposing counsel forgot. But that’s curious, as opposing counsel re-typed my interrogatories and included the requisite area for perjuring priest Bob Malm to swear to the truth of his statements. Moreover, having practiced law for quite a few years, Wayne Cyron well knows of this requirement.

Another possibility comes to mind as well, which is that perjuring priest Bob Malm wants to avoid potential criminal liability for any perjury. This seems in keeping with his desire to keep his answers confidential. But think about it: If perjuring priest Bob Malm is telling the truth, the best way to shut me down is to go public with that information, not to keep it secret.

If, on the other hand, perjuring priest Bob Malm is playing his usual games (aka “duck, Bob and weave”), then it makes sense that he would want to prevent parishioners and church authorities from seeing documentation of his antics.

At this point, I’m not prepared to reach any conclusions as to the reasons for perjuring priest Bob Malm’s litigation-related conduct, beyond the observation that, of all places, churches and other houses of worship should operate in the light of day.

The fact that perjuring priest Bob Malm consistently wants to suppress First Amendment-protected rights, including the right to discuss his dismal conduct, is both disturbing and telling.

Any church — and any priest — who want to conceal their conduct behind a curtain of confidentiality are Christian in name only, and you can quote me on that.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Grace Episcopal Alexandria: A Church in Decline

Grace Episcopal Alexandria

The national church recently reported the results of the 2019 annual parochial report. The results are not good for Grace Episcopal Alexandria, the clergy perjury parish. (Or for the church as a whole, for that matter.)

For 2019, Grace reported pledge and plate income of $816,078, a 12.01 percent decrease from the 2015 budget of $927,500. When adjusted for inflation, this represents a decline during that time of $201,038, or a 21.68 percent decrease.

On a more positive note, membership continued its upward trend, reaching 1,008. This likely is due to the nominal requirements for membership in the denomination, which require only that persons be “known to the treasurer” and have attended divine worship at least three times during the year, unless “for good cause prevented.” 

Average Sunday Attendance (ASA), a key barometer of congregational vitality, rebounded slightly, increasing by approximately 20 persons to 275, but failed to reach the levels that existed prior to perjuring priest Bob Malm’s decision to try to force me and Mike out of the church and his efforts to drag a dying woman, my mother, into court.

Of course, these figures include only three months (October-December) following perjuring priest Bob Malm’s retirement. Churches typically experience decline during an interim, and the combination of an interim and the advent of the pandemic suggests that 2020 data will be nothing short of disastrous. This will be particularly that case with loose plate offerings, which surge during Christmas and Easter and typically account for $40,000 of annual revenue to the church. Meanwhile, attendance at Grace’s lackluster virtual services continues to decline, with recent services viewed by 90 or fewer people.

Clearly, perjuring priest Bob Malm left behind a church that now faces serious threats to its survival.

Friday, October 9, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Deficiency Letter Issued to Perjuring Priest Bob Malm

Grace Episcopal Alexandria

Earlier today, I sent a deficiency letter to the attorney for perjuring priest Bob Malm A deficiency letter specifies the various ways in which a response to discovery in a lawsuit are inadequate, and asks the other side for assistance in rectifying those issues.

Out of respect for the preliminaruy non-disclosure agreement I have with perjuring priest Bob Malm, I am not at this time publishing my letter, for to do so would implicitly reveal his discovery responses. For now, let’s just say that we are not yet seeing any meaningful improvement in perjuring priest Bob Malm’s conduct, and leave it at that.

I’ll give things a few days, then motion the court for an order compelling a response.

Meanwhile, look for additional news coverage of the Grace Episcopal Alexandria lawsuits, possibly as early as next week.

One final thought: I invite readers to ask themselves the question: If perjuring priest Bob Malm’s actions are above-board, why is he trying to get a protective order to keep his discovery responses confidential? Much like the secret settlement reached a few years ago involving the church school, Grace Episcopal tries to sneak around in the shadows, while avoiding transparency and accountability. This is much like the Catholic Church, which for years has tried to hide its abusive behavior behind non-disclosure agreements.

Prospective members and rectors, do yourself a favor and get details from the church BEFORE you get involved. And if Grace Episcopal says no or tries to brush you off with vague responses, do yourself a favor and take a pass.

Any church worth having is willing to conduct its affairs in the light of day.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Bishop Susan Goff: Time to Resign


As evidence mounts of perjuring priest Bob Malm's misconduct, including his myriad fabrications, one thing is clear: It's time for Bishop Susan Goff to resign. As in right now. Not 2023. Not in a few months.

Now.

Under Goff's watch, we have seen Title IV intake officers say with a straight face that clergy will only be held accountable for misconduct if they face criminal charges. Melissa Hollerith, wife of Randy Hollerith, the dean of the National Cathedral, agrees. Sven vanBaar, one of the great ding-a-lings of the church, is serving as a delegate to general convention. And JP Causey, who has consistently advised church officials to ignore church canons when, in his mind, doing so would protect the diocese from liability, continues in office.

In short, under Goff the situation in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has been astonishingly similar to the Church of England, which has long covered up abuse of every sort, trashing victims in the process, while protecting clergy. In other words, the diocese is corrupt at every level.

And in the midst of this, Susan Goff is tut-tutting around, telling clergy to engage in self-care and proclaiming that God rejoices when we take our sabbath. It's this sort of narcissistic clericalism that is killing the Episcopal Church, for one sees no similar concern for victims of abuse in the diocese, whether the abuse is sexual, spiritual, emotional, or other. In fact, when the rector of St. Thomas' McLean left amidst a Title IV case in 2015, the diocese basically provided no pastoral response to the parish. When he later offered a perfunctory apology, Bishop Shannon Johnston said the diocese made that decision on the basis of the advice of legal counsel.

Susan Goff, it is time for your resignation. You have placed the reputation of the church ahead of its obligation to care for and serve its members, and you have done so knowingly. You are a fraud and hypocrite, and you are destroying the diocese.

Resign now. 

And while you’re at it, take JP Causey with you, as well as that ding-a-ling Sven van Baar and the moronic Melissa Hollerith.

BREAKING NEWS: Perjuring Priest Bob Malm Tries to Keep Discovery Responses Secret As Further Media Coverage Looms

Bob Malm

Yesterday, I received discovery responses from perjuring priest Bob Malm in my lawsuit against him individually. It's fair to say that they are about what I would expect from perjuring priest Bob Malm.

Of greater importance is the fact that perjuring priest Bob Malm's attorney is asking for a protective order to prevent publication of Bob's responses. In other words, perjuring priest Bob Malm wants to prevent the public and members of the church from seeing what really goes on behind the scenes at Grace Church. He wants to prevent people from seeing evidence of his own duplicity and misconduct. He wants to prevent people from seeing proof that he is a perjurer. That speaks volumes to Bob's underlying conduct and integrity and the way the parish conducts its affairs.

Consider: If perjuring priest Bob Malm is conducting himself in a manner befitting clergy, why should there be any issue with his responses or emails seeing the light of day? Jesus came to bring light to the darkness, but perjuring priest Bob Malm wants to skulk around in the shadows. Beware of any church and any priest that cannot conduct their affairs in the light of day. In fact, a good priest wants scrutiny and transparency, for these engender accountability. 

As a matter of professional courtesy, I have agreed not to disclose perjuring priest Bob Malm's discovery until motions court in November to consider his request for a protective order. But as perjuring priest Bob Malm's attorney knows, mere inchoate assertions of embarrassment and oppression are not adequate to overcome a party's First Amendment rights to publish information received in discovery. In other words it's very likely that I soon will be publishing perjuring priest Bob Malm's responses, and they are not pretty.

In the meantime, another major media story critical of perjuring priest Bob Malm's conduct, and that of Grace Episcopal Church, is pending. The article likely will run late next week. 

One final observation, which is that even with the rapidly increasingly volume of evidence of corruption at Grace Church, delusional sycophants like David Crosby will try to avoid dealing with the reality by engaging in ad hominem attacks asserting that I am mentally ill, etc. But the reality is that anyone who cannot look the facts in the eye in the eye is the person with the problem, and there are still dozens of people at Grace Church who refuse to deal with the fact that Bob Malm is a perjurer and Kelly Motormouth Gable is a defamer.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Report on Church of England’s Failure to Address Abuse Mirrors Corruption in the Episcopal Church

The damning report released earlier today on the Church of England’s failure to prevent and address child sexual abuse was a devastating blow to a church that already is faltering badly. Its findings also are applicable for the Episcopal Church, including the Diocese of Virginia’ utter moral bankruptcy as it works to protect perjuring priest Bob Malm.

Among the report’s findings:
  • “Another aspect of the church’s culture was clericalism, which meant that the moral authority of clergy was widely perceived as beyond reproach.”
  • The church often protected its reputation at the expense of victims.
  • “Over many decades, the Church of England failed to protect children and young people from sexual abusers, instead facilitating a culture where perpetrators could hide and victims faced barriers to disclosure that many could not overcome.”
  • 'If real and lasting changes are to be made, it is vital that the Church improves the way it responds to allegations from victims and survivors, and provides proper support for those victims over time.' 
  • 'Our main focus in response must be recognising the distress caused to victims and survivors by the Church's failures in safeguarding.'
  • Alleged perpetrators were given more support than victims, who often faced barriers to reporting they simply couldn't overcome.' 
And so it is with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and its blind support of perjuring priest Bob Malm. While the latter has not been accused of sexual abuse, his repeated perjury should disqualify him from further serving as clergy. Yet Susan Goff and the Diocese remain adamantly opposed to even the simple task of merely asking perjuring priest Bob Malm to document his claims.

Thus, both the Church of England and the Episcopal Church are utterly morally bankrupt. Moreover, any priest applying for the position of rector needs to understand this — he or she is stepping into a toxic mass of misconduct, cover-up, deceit, clericalism, and more. Nor is the vestry able to act with ethical integrity. Indeed, perjuring priest Bob Malm even attended virtual Shrine Mont this year—a stupid move that in no way helps the parish transition to a new rector, and one that should never have been permitted by the diocese.

For the record, here is the photo of perjuring priest Bob Malm at virtual Shrine Mont.

Perjuring priest Bob Malm


Monday, October 5, 2020

Grace Episcopal Alexandria

Grace Episcopal Alexandria

 

BREAKING: Grace Episcopal, the Clergy Perjury Parish, Tries to Defend its Defamation of Me (Demurrer)

Check it out. 

Grace Episcopal, the clergy perjury parish, tries to defend its defamation of me by, in essence, saying there's no legal issue with defaming former members. After all, what’s a little defamation per se among friends? 

Rector candidates, this should tell you all you need to know about this sick, toxic church.

Grace Episcopal, the Clergy Perjury Parish, Tries to Defend its Defamation of Me in Court (Plea in Bar)

In court filings received today, Grace Episcopal, the clergy perjury parish, tries to justify to the Alexandria Courts its defamatory statement. in which it alleged in writing that I embezzled from a previous employer. 

Conveniently omitted from its pleadings is a salient point, which is that it failed to provide the required email during prior discovery. Thus, its assertion that the claim is time-barred is inaccurate.

It also claims that the matter is precluded by res judicata, which means that the matter already has been decided. But res judicata requires identity of parties, and Kelly was sued in her individual capacity.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Check out Perjuring Priest Bob Malm’s Memo in Support of Preliminary Objections to PA Lawsuit


This is a good one. In his memo to the court, perjuring priest Bob Malm attempts to convince the Virginia courts that their decisions should be reviewed by the Virginia courts.

You have to hand it to perjuring priest Bob Malm. If nothing else, he is, um, inventive.

BREAKING NEWS: Perjuring Priest Bob Malm Files Preliminary Objections in Pennsylvania Lawsuit

 

 On Friday, perjuring priest Bob Malm filed preliminary objections in the Pennsylvania lawsuit against him, which seeks to recover damages from his ultra vires subpoena of my mother.

True to form, perjuring priest Bob Malm not only seeks to avoid liability for his misconduct, but in his prelimary objections he tries to pull a fast one on the court by saying that the Pennsylvania subpoena of my mother, issued as she was dying, should be adjudicated by a Virginia court. 

Further, as his attorney well knows, Momn executed a valid written assignment of rights in the lawsuit prior to her death. Thus, the claim that I am attempting to represent her estate is facially bogus.

Shame on Rachel Cozen for defending a perjuring priest who tried to bully a dying woman. And shame on the Episcopal Church for failing to own up to its misconduct.

My advice: Steer clear of any church that thinks this sort of thing is okay. Neither perjuring priest Bob Malm’s conduct, nor that of the parish, has anything to do with Christianity.

You’ll be Welcomed With Open Arms

Grace Episcopal Alexandria

At Grace Episcopal Alexandria, you too can be part of a faith community where:

  • The rector lies under oath.
  • It’s okay to urge others to commit suicide.
  • The church sues members.
  • Lying and bullying are okay.
  • Details of confidential giving are posted on social media.
  • Child molesters are welcome, with no restrictions. 
  • It’s okay to engage in shunning. 
  • A dying woman is dragged into court.
  • Funds are deliberately misused at the rector’s direction.
  • Vestry members like Kelly Gable engage in defamation.
  • The bishop, clergy and vestry approve of these things.

So check out Grace Episcopal. As Leslie Steffensen says, you will be welcomed with open arms!

Saturday, October 3, 2020

I Can’t Breathe: Reflections on Jason Roberson’s Article in Grace Notes

 


The October issue of Grace Notes recently came out, and to put it bluntly, Jason Roberson’s article is both clueless and offensive. In it, Jason talks about the church’s journey to address social prejudice and injustice as it works to become the beloved community, including sexism, racism, and homophobia.

But talk is cheap, and repentance is nothing more than cheap grace and an exercise in feel-good theology when it doesn’t involve giving anything up.

Consider: Jason talks about racism. But there are only a handful of African-American families at Grace, no Asian-Americans that I know of, and no meaningful effort to address these issues. The whole thing smacks of the sixties, and the “I guess they just want to be with their own kind,” routine. 

As to sexism, it is alive and well in TEC. Just look at the number of so-called cardinal rector positions controlled by women. Indeed, gender-based pay disparity in the denomination is worse overall than in the private sector. And if you’re simply wringing your hands over the issue and saying you’re sorry, that doesn’t really do anyone any good.

Same for homophobia. Grace has yet to welcome a cross-dresser, a transgender, or a non-gender binary. And I know perjuring priest Bob Malm and others in the church well enough to know that someone in these categories would, at best, get a mixed reception. As to gays and lesbians, TEC only did anything meaningful about the issue once the train in society as a whole had left the station. It’s easy to jump aboard a train as it pulls away.

As to general social justice and prejudice, the church still refuses to examine, let alone tell the truth, about Bob Malm’s perjury and other misconduct. Indeed, Bob appears to have attended the parish’s virtual Shrine Mont—hardly appropriate during an interim period. But the upshot is that people don’t want to examine the reality that Bob Malm is a perjuring, narcissistic POS, because they still consider themselves to be on friendly terms with the perjurer in chief. So it couldn’t possibly, conceivably, remotely, in any way, be true that Bob Malm is a perjurer. Thus, we’re not going to look at the evidence, and with no evidence to support the claim that Bob Malm is a perjurer, we’re certainly not going to call him that. (How’s that for circular reasoning?)

In other words, Jason and the parish are nothing but hypocritical purveyors of cheap grace and feel-good theology. They lack the moral courage and integrity to step up, be counted, and speak out against injustice and oppression. 

Grace Episcopal Alexandria will finally start to become the beloved community when it has the courage to tell the truth in the here and now. That includes admitting that Bob Malm is a perjurer, and that the parish, the vestry, and the diocese have consistently supported his misconduct. Same for Sugarland Chiow, Kelly Motormouth Gable, and the rest of the #fakecristians at Grace Episcopal, the clergy perjury parish.

Until then, and until the church stops with the cheap grace routine and feel-good theology, I can’t breathe.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Protests this Week



It’s been a while since I have protested in front of Grace Church. So, assuming the weather is nice, I’ll be protesting this weekend, both in front of the church and elsewhere in Alexandria, making sure people know the bad news of Grace Church and perjuring priest Bob Malm.

See you there!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Important Reminder: The Complicity of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

As the various lawsuits move forward against Grace Episcopal Alexandria, perjuring priest Bob Malm, and members of the Malm family, there’s an important fact to remember. Specifically, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, Susan Goff, and Shannon Johnston have been directly notified of Bob Malm’s perjury, but have consistently responded by engaging in coverup.

The situation is much like the situation in the Catholic Church, in which the hierarchy has shown itself more concerned with protecting the status quo than protecting those abused by the church.

It’s also worth remembering how egregious perjuring priest Bob Malm’s conduct is, including:
  1. Repeatedly lying under oath.
  2. Trying to drag Mom, terminally ill and dying of COPD, into court, in violation of the law.
  3. Forcing Mike out of church, who had been received into TEC just 16 months earlier.
  4. His outrageous and outlandish claims that blogging is somehow a form of “domestic terrorism.”
  5. His repeated fabrications in his court pleadings, including claiming that I was never licensed as at attorney and never served as a police officer.
This fall, as you consider pledging, keep in mind that this is a church and denomination in which the behavior described above is okay, and the ethical standard to which clergy is held requires a criminal conviction first.

In short, until the diocese agrees to hold Bob Malm accountable, it is time to withhold your financial and other support.

Nor does saying, “Well, I don’t want to get involved,” cut it. Jesus welcomed the outsider, the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized. He hated when religion was used to oppress others.

Thus, Jesus would have hated Bob Malm’s conduct, that of the parish, and that of the diocese. And he would have hated anything that encouraged or allowed that conduct.

Again, it’s time to withhold support for Grace Episcopal, the clergy perjury parish.





Tuesday, September 29, 2020

BREAKING: Lindsey Malm Anders, Daughter of Perjuring Priest Bob Malm, Served with Interrogatories

Moments ago, I served Lindsey Malm Anders with interrogatories, or ROGs, in my lawsuit against her for defamation.

Lindsey is the daughter of perjuring priest Bob Malm.


BREAKING: Requests for Production of Documents Served on Lindsey Malm Anders, Daughter of Perjuring Priest Bob Malm

A few minutes ago, I sent Requests for the Production of Documents (RPDS) to Lindsey Malm Anders in my defamation lawsuit against her. Lindsey is the daughter of perjuring priest Bob Malm, former rector of Grace Episcopal Alexandria.

RPDS ask the recipient to provide documents relevant to the lawsuit.

Lindsey Malm Anders Lawsuit and More

As my conflict with perjuring priest Bob Malm moves into its sixth year, the litigation continues unabated.  That goes without saying, for never once has anyone at the church ever even asked to discuss the matter with me directly, instead blindly supporting perjuring priest Bob Malm’s misconduct.

That said, I am working on a full set of legal documents in the suit against Lindsey Malm Anders, including interrogatories and requests for the production of documents. The case goes to status conference in the next couple weeks to discuss progress and schedule a date for trial.

Meanwhile, there’s a great post on my buddy Dee’s blog in which a Calvinist pastor, Joe Mira, tried to force members out of his church. Proof that shunning is not just the bailiwick of cults, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Amish, and The Episcopal Church. 

It’s worth noting that Dee will be one of my witnesses when my lawsuit(s) against Grace Episcopal Alexandria and perjuring priest Bob Malm go to trial.

Check out Dee’s post here.



Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Perjuring Priest Petition Passes 24,000 Signers

Grace Episcopal Alexandria

As perjuring priest Bob Malm and the Episcopal Church continue their cover-up of Malm’s conduct, I continue to collect signatures on my petition demanding accountability. A few minutes ago my petition passed 24,000 signatures—more than typically attend Sunday services in the entire Episcopal Diocese of Virginia!

How many people calling for reform before the Episcopal Church demonstrates ethical integrity?

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Gone But Not Forgotten: Perjuring Priest Bob Malm’s Toxic Legacy

Grace Episcopal Alexandria

In just a few days, it will be one year since perjuring priest Bob Malm left as rector of Grace Episcopal Church. Thus, it is appropriate to consider his toxic legacy, and the effect of his legacy on Grace Episcopal, the clergy perjury parish.

First, there’s some good news for St. Gabriel’s: Even as perjuring priest Bob Malm lives out a lie by standing up every Sunday and bloviating about peace, community, love, and forgiveness, while lying under oath, trying to drag a dying woman into court, and more, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Most interim positions last for 12-16 months, so St. Gabriel’s may be about to cut perjuring priest Bob Malm loose before he causes any lasting damage.

But at Grace Church, the damage of thirty years of perjuring priest Bob Malm continues unabated. At Grace Church, defamation is still okay. It’s still okay to bully and mob people. It’s still okay to be a priest and commit perjury. In fact, part of the building is named after a perjurer: The Malm Narthex. That’s great—all the church needs now is a children’s area named after a pedophile. And why not? If perjury is okay and enjoys the support of the diocese, surely there’s no issue with child abuse.

Nor do we see any move towards accountability or cleaning up perjuring priest Bob Malm’s mess. Yes, Michael Guy reminds people that saying you’re a Christian while turning a blind eye to misconduct and injustice is at best hypocrisy, but the response at Grace is pretty much, “Okay. Whatever.” Meanwhile, we still see people like Kemp Williams and Kelly Motormouth Gable talking about people, instead of to people, otherwise known as gossip and defamation.

Meanwhile, Grace Church also is about due for a new rector. Whether it is successful in that endeavor remains to be seen. I suspect, however, that few qualified clergy are going to be interested in a parish where it’s okay to urge others to commit suicide, or where details on donations are posted on the internet. Nor are they going to be particularly eager to have me protesting outside Sunday services. And protest I will, ‘til the cows come home.

There’s also a trend under way in the parish that bodes ill for the future, and that is the parish’s increasing exclusion of outsiders. The website says that all services are cancelled, but that is not true. Indeed, two services are now being held outside every Sunday: One for La Garcia, and one for the main parish. The only issue is that they are pretty much by invitation only. Similarly, multiple persons have told me that their requests to be added to the church’s email distribution list have been ignored. Maybe the new parish administrator is too busy decorating the now empty office to bother with potential new members. Or maybe the church simply isn’t interested in new members. Or maybe they are worried that some critic like me will access their secret gnosis. But actions speak louder than words, and the reality is that the church can’t be bothered.

It’s interesting, too. One of my fellow writers for Episcopal Cafe, George Clifford, wrote 9 years ago about how the Episcopal Church is mired in 19th century churchmanship, fusty tradition, and rampant clericalism. 

Since George wrote his article, nothing has changed. The denomination still clings to the stupidly expensive Madmen-era heap 815 Second Street as its headquarters. The church continues to try to maintain a costly and ineffectual hierarchy. Clericalism continues unabated. And the church continues its precipitous decline in membership, baptisms, and weddings.

Ironically, Grace is the epitome of these phenomena. Clutching at a pretty but antiquated building, a costly, obsolete, and sometimes ugly clericalism, and a collective faith that is best summed up as “be friendly and don’t get arrested for DUI,” Grace increasingly appears a sad anachronism, the last hurrah of 1970’s organized religion.

But rest assured, one constant remains: Bob Malm and Grace Church will continue what I call the Three L’s: Lie, litigate, and lose members. And even as the church continues its slide towards closure, no one at the church or within the diocese will ever acknowledge their role in making this happen. Instead, like true narcissists, they will blame anyone, everyone, and everything but themselves.

Of that, you may be certain.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Requests for Production of Documents Served on Perjuring Priest Bob Malm, Grace Episcopal Alexandria in Virginia Lawsuit


Moments ago I filed Requests for Production of documents with attorneys for perjuring priest Bob Malm and Grace Episcopal Alexandria, the clergy perjury parish, in the Virginia litigation.

Later this week, I will file a series of discovery requests against perjuring priest Bob Malm’s daughter, Lindsey Malm Anders, in the defamation case against here in Virginia.

Stay tuned.

Perjuring Priest Bob Malm Served Requests for Admission in Pennsylvania Lawsuit

 

Recently I served perjuring priest Bob Malm with several legal documents in the Pennsylvania lawsuit, which seeks recovery of legal fees incurred by my late mother, Sigrid Yahner, when perjuring priest Bob Malm illegally attempted to subpoena her in Pennsylvania. 

At the time, she was terminally ill, incontinent, and suffering from a severe anxiety disorder due to her illness. As a result, she had been housebound for three years and was receiving palliative care. 

Mom's suffering did not deter perjuring priest Bob Malm, Sugarland Chiow, or the good Christians of Grace Episcopal Church,. Rather, they tried to force her to leave her home, travel into Franklin, and spend what may well have been a full day at the courthouse.

All I can say is it would have been quite a scene, Mom trying to drag her oxygen tanks, potty chair, diapers, and med cart into the courthouse. 

 Fortunately, the Venango County judge knew an illegal subpoena when he saw one, quashed it, and issued a protective order to prevent further efforts by perjuring priest Bob Malm and Sugarland Chiow to drag Mom physically into court.

Perjuring Priest Bob Malm Served Interrogatories in Pennsylvania Lawsuit


Along with Requests for Admission, I recently served Interrogatories on perjuring priest Bob Malm in the Pennsylvania lawsuit. The action seeks recovery of legal fees incurred by my late mother, Sigrid Yahner, after perjuring priest Bob Malm illegally attempted to subpoena her, despite the fact she was terminally ill.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Details: Lindsey Malm Anders Lawsuit and More

Grace Episcopal Alexandria

With the initial motions court hearing behind us, over the next few days I will begin ramping up on the Lindsey Malm Anders defamation lawsuit. This will include the filing of interrogatories, requests for the production of documents, and more.

I also anticipate we’ll have motions court in the next few weeks in the Pennsylvania case against perjuring priest Bob Malm. Most likely, we’ll see the defense try to get the case dismissed, possibly over the validity of Mom’s assignment of rights to me.

Also under way is the defamation lawsuit against Grace Church itself. We should see a responsive pleading and various motions in the coming weeks. Assuming all goes well, discovery will ramp up on that front.

I’ll also be sending requests for the production of documents to perjuring priest Bob Malm in the lawsuit against him, and will be asking the court for a subpoena against the church and its vestry members. The other side will almost certainly contest that request, so it’s off to motions court yet again. 

Fun times.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Interrogatories Served on Perjuring Priest Bob Malm


Earlier today, I served the attached interrogatories on perjuring priest Bob Malm via his attorneys. Most are questions he was previously directed by the court to answer, while several new questions address Malm’s various lies, including his claim that Mom, or someone claiming to be her, contacted him repeatedly.

Perjuring priest Bob Malm has 21 days to respond.

BREAKING NEWS: Civil Complaint Filed Against Perjuring Priest Bob Malm in Venango County Court of Common Pleas

Earlier today, I filed a civil complaint in the Venango County Court of Common Pleas against perjuring priest Bob Malm. The suit seeks to recover my late mother’s legal fees, incurred when she had to hire an attorney to quash the ultra vires subpoena perjuring priest Bob Malm filed against her as she was dying.

Malm did so in violation of state law, which expressly requires leave of court before seeking discovery in such cases. Yet even when informed of this requirement, perjuring priest Bob Malm and Sugarland Chiow ignored the law, trying to jam the subpoena past a court that had already said no via a Motion for Reconsideration, replete with inflammatory rhetoric, claims of “domestic terrorism,” and more.

Moreover, Malm did so with full knowledge that Mom was terminally ill. Later, through Sugarland Chiow, Malm tried to claim that he was unaware that she was dying.

That tells you all you need to know about perjuring priest Bob Malm, Sugarland Chiow, Grace Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, and the Episcopal Church.

Caveat emptor!

Next up: Perjuring priest Bob Malm served with interrogatories.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Perjuring Priest Petition Passes 23,000 Signatures

My change.org petition, which demands that the Episcopal Church investigate and act on perjuring priest Bob Malm’s courtroom lies and other misconduct, has now motored past 23,000 signatures. The petition has been seen more than 302,000 times, a number representing more than 16 percent of total Episcopal church membership.

Until the church takes meaningful responsibility for its misconduct, and that of perjuring priest Bob Malm, this effort will continue. That is the case whether this takes 10 days, 10 months, or 10 years.

Grace Episcopal Alexandria

Grace Episcopal Alexandria




Sunday, September 13, 2020

Financial Transparency: An Epic Failing of The Episcopal Church

I posted this piece yesterday, which is partly based on my experiences at Grace Episcopal Alexandria and its inept financial reporting and disclosure, including over-paying one employee for many months.
This piece is dedicated to parishioner Kelly Gable, who defamed me by falsely claiming that I embezzled from a previous employer. While there is a lawsuit under way against the church as a result, no doubt Kelly and others at Grace will want to take steps to improve transparency and accountability within the parish. - Ed

Grace Episcopal Alexandria


One of the great truths of non-profit governance is the importance of transparency. As one CPA firm puts it, “Transparency is a trust building tool; the more transparent your organization becomes, the more trustworthy you will be viewed by the public, donors, and regulators. It is important for non-profit organizations to clearly state their mission and communicate the outcomes of their actions to the outside world.”

But to look at governance in most Episcopal parishes and entities, you’d never suspect that this is true. Indeed, most go to great lengths to conceal specifics of their budgets. And this will come into play in the coming months, as many parishes prepare for their annual budget and parish meeting amidst the turmoil of the pandemic.

Consider an all-too-common means of presenting the budget. A pretty pie chart appears in the annual report, with total revenue and expenses allocated across ministries. But even if a separate salary category is included, most such presentations obfuscate things by allocating portions of salary expenses. Left unanswered are vital questions such as the rector’s salary, the costs of fringe benefits and indirects (which often cause a bad case of sticker shock when vestries have to wade into the specifics), and more.

Another trick is program expenses that are off-budget. A surprisingly high percentage of parishes have such expenses, whether it’s the altar guild, mission trips, a flower fund, or other earmarked funds. In such cases, funding is through off-budget donations. That’s well and good, but it leads to confusion when times are tight, and parishioners suddenly discover there’s no money for things they just take for granted. Or cases arise in which parishioners rightly are proud, for example, of their church’s food pantry, never realizing that unless they specifically give to support the food pantry, none of their funds go to that particular ministry.

Quite a few clergy also don’t realize that absent specific language to the contrary, one cannot repurpose these funds, referred to as “restricted donations,” absent donor consent or court approval. Indeed, to do so is fraud, yet I’ve heard more than one rector gleefully announce that these funds can be tapped to solve liquidity issues.

Of course, endowment funds also play a similar role. Well-intentioned donors may place very loose restrictions on their donations, such as that they be used for clergy welfare. But all too often, things like plush “annual retreats,” creep in under the rubric of “clergy welfare.” And my experience is that quite a few parishes quickly lose track of donor restrictions, ultimately just using these funds as hidden piggy banks that may offset bad financial decisions.

Still another church budget antic is the good old shell game. To give you an example, a church I used to attend has a school. Nonfungible expenses, like electricity, water, natural gas and trash are shared 50 percent, while expenses specifically attributable to the school and church (they are one legal entity), are each borne by the relevant organization. All well and good, until one realizes that the fixed costs incurred by the school are much higher than those of the church. Thus, the church, which has declining membership, participation, and aging demographics, every month subsidizes the school. Yet when a tight budget forced the church to cut back on its annual cash subsidy to the school, vestry members lamented that this was “the only thing we do for the school.”

Where things really get tricky in these situations is when there are reimbursements. In the case of the church I used to attend, funds for things like bathroom paper products and other supplies come from the already paltry junior warden fund, which was just $25,000 annually. Needless to say, much of this quickly goes for basic supplies. Yet when the school reimburses its share, the funds are treated as income and go back into the general fund. Thus, the junior warden doesn’t really have $25,000 annually to cover building expenses; it’s more like $10,000. Yet the average parishioner thinks this sounds like a reasonable sum, and doesn’t realize that much of the church’s income is illusory.

Still another budget issue is failing to recognize the value of donated labor. For example, many a parish comes, over time, to rely on volunteer accountants, facilities managers, musicians and more. To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with this. Indeed, the best non-profits engage shareholders by drawing on their skills. The problem comes when a long-time resource dies, moves, or otherwise becomes unavailable. Suddenly, the parish needs to find a replacement, and often has little idea of the scope of work, the requisite skills, or even how to source a replacement.

It’s also very common to become unduly reliant on a handful of generous parishioners. For example, in one church with which I am very familiar, three donors, all well past retirement age, contribute 12 percent of the annual budget, often truing up any shortfalls at year-end through donations of appreciated stock. Another parish gets fully 20 percent of its revenue from one donor. He’s relatively young, but heaven help the church if anyone does something to alienate that donor. But the risk is even higher with elderly parishioners, for whom the funds are not unlimited, and who may eventually face the costs of extended care. In those cases, I have yet to encounter a church that has any plan in place to deal with the inevitable loss of major donors.

Also worth noting is that while many churches complain of budget constraints, signs abound that there often is additional untapped financial capacity. Indeed, in one church near this author, the budget has been flat for many years, yet a recent major accident involving the rector, which resulted in temporary disability, quickly resulted in a purse of $42,000 to assist the rector and his family. Clearly, not suggestive that families were stretched thin, but rather that they lacked the motivation to increase their giving.

Nor is this phenomena confined to the local level. Indeed, a 2009 story in the Washington Post revealed that former Diocese of Virginia bishop Peter Lee earned a salary of $252,000 a year, including fringes and indirects. How did that information come to light? It was only through discovery related to litigation with the dissidents who seized church assets that this information became public; it was otherwise known only to a small group within the diocesan standing committee and the other insiders. Perhaps it is not unfair to point out that Lee resigned in the middle of the litigation in order to save the diocese money. True to form, the nomenklatura of the church took care of their own; it was not long before Lee bagged the ultra-cushy gig of interim dean of the American Cathedral in Paris. 

See a pattern here? I’d suggest that the underlying theme is that the Episcopal Church often acts in ways that reduce donor confidence. Indeed, clergy often are reluctant to ask for money, yet they’re also reluctant to discuss how they use that money. As a result, the church operates as a financial black box—money goes in, and church services and fellowship spill out the other side, with almost no understanding of how they correlate. And while churches babble on about stewardship when it comes time to pledge, the often overlook the true meaning of stewardship, which is the judicious use and care of the resources entrusted to us.

That’s a dangerous paradigm, particularly in the midst of a pandemic, not likely to end soon, that continues to disrupt daily life and finances worldwide. As a result, the Episcopal Church is at an inflection point, and may well not survive into the 22nd century.

Now is the time to think about church budgets, church finances, church financial reporting, transparency, and how today’s practices in these areas affect sustainability. And it’s time to change that which does not work, and that which is counterproductive.