Church investigates Md. bishop who fatally struck cyclist


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By JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Episcopal Church has begun disciplinary proceedings against a Baltimore-based bishop who fatally struck a cyclist with her car, an official in the diocese where she worked said Monday.

National church leaders launched an investigation late last week after a complaint was filed with the church, said Sharon Tillman, spokeswoman for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. The decision to move forward with an investigation was made by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and other national church leaders, Tillman said.

The purpose of the investigation is to determine whether Bishop Heather Cook violated church law.

Contacted for comment by telephone, Schori’s office referred The Associated Press back to Tillman.

“It is an in-depth process that comes with a full investigation,” Tillman said. “They are in the investigation stage.”

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