Episcopal Cafe [United States]
August 8, 2021
By John Chilton
Our leadership has become aware of information involving credible allegations of serious sexual misconduct and abuse of a female adult from former Greenhouse Movement staff member Joel Girard during his time serving on the Cornerstone Anglican Church staff. We understand that on 7/28/21 a police report was filed regarding this matter. – ACNA, Diocese of the Upper Midwest
Another former catechist in the Anglican Church in North America, Joel Girard, faces allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of a female victim. The allegations are in the same diocese where at least ten victims have made allegations against another former catechist. In that case, that diocese, the Diocese of the Upper Midwest, the bishop is on leave while allegations of mishandling of that case are investigated.
In its announcement the Diocese of the Upper Midwest says Girard is a “former Greenhouse Movement staff member” and alleged misconduct and abuse occurred “during his time serving on the Cornerstone Anglican Church staff”.
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ACNA was formed over issues of sexual morality and biblical orthodoxy.