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The Condescension of Christ

One of the things I have really seen throughout this conflict is how poorly trained Episcopal clergy are in conflict resolution, and how quick they are to resort to patronizing condescension — what I kiddingly refer to as the condescension of Christ. While I have discussed the matter with relatively few clergy in the diocese of Virginia, the… Read More »

Truly Asinine Comments From David Crosby

Earlier today, I received a comment from David Crosby, an Episcopal priest in the area, in response to my comments about the diocese’s decision to terminate its search for a bishop suffragen. Inter alia, David trots out the old line about there being two sides to every story. That approach conveniently overlooks several key points: Shunning, which is… Read More »

Breaking News from the Diocese of Virginia

In an announcement that already is getting considerable pick-up within The Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Virginia has announced that it is terminating its efforts to find a new Bishop suffragan, and will not hold an election to fill the slot. The announcement, found here, makes clear that Bishop Shannon may leave his current position sooner rather than… Read More »

Further Proof The Episcopal Church Needs Whistleblower Protection

I recently asked a fellow blogger — someone very well known in The Episcopal Church and a delegate to General Convention — about the proposal from the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons’ proposal to include whistleblower protection. Leaving out personally identifiable information, here’s the response (emphasis added): Hi Eric,  I haven’t finished reading the whole SCCC report… Read More »

Upcoming Media Coverage

This fall, several publications will be covering my story, with articles timed to coincide with the hearing date in my case, which is set for October 5. Publications that will be running stories include The Wartburg Watch, as well as several online and traditional media outlets. Several blogger friends will be there, including someone from one of the… Read More »

Bob Malm: Laughable Hypocrisy

One of the things I find amusing in all of this is how Bob Malm can trot out the “priest speak” (what one friend terms “Jesus gas,” as in, “Here comes another gust of Bob’s Jesus gas.”), then turn around and shun the very people entrusted to his care. Add to that Bob’s multiple lies (“Don’t worry about… Read More »

Defamation and the First Amendment

In an action for defamation, plaintiffs face an uphill battle when they meet the legal definition of a public figure. Under our legal system, the First Amendment creates a high bar for such individuals, who are considered to have voluntarily placed themselves in the public spotlight. In such cases, plaintiffs typically must prove actual malice or a reckless… Read More »