|Pennsylvania: Merion Deanery Calls for Bishop Bennison to Resign
October 17, 2010
Contact person for this resolution:
The Very Rev. Michael Pearson
R‐ ‐2010 RESOLUTION FROM THE MERION DEANERY
RESOLVED, that the 227th Convention of the Diocese of Pennsylvania express its belief that the Rt. Rev. Charles Bennison does not have the trust of the people and clergy of the Diocese of Pennsylvania to continue to serve as their Bishop; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the 227th Convention of the Diocese of Pennsylvania express its desire that the Rt. Rev. Charles Bennison resign immediately as the Bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania.
EXPLANATION: In its Final Judgment, the Court of Review for the Trial of a Bishop wrote the following: "The tragedy of this conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy is exacerbated by the fact that, during the trial of the case, Appellant (The Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison, Jr.) testified that, upon reflection on his failure to act, he concludes that his actions were "just about right." They were not just about right. They were totally wrong. Appellant's testimony on this subject revealed impaired judgment with regard to the conduct that is the subject of the First Offense and that is clearly and unequivocally conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy." (page 25 - The Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison, Jr. added for clarification) Bishop Bennison has yet to acknowledge and respond to the unanimous opinion of a Review Committee, a Trial Court, and the Court of Review for the Trial of a Bishop that his actions constituted conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy. His insistence that his actions were "just about right" stands in sharp contrast to our belief that the protection of the vulnerable among us, particularly children, was of paramount importance to Jesus, and so also to us.
The Very Rev. Michael Pearson (Dean of the Merion Deanery)
Mr. George Vosburgh (Dean's Warden of the Merion Deanery)
The following Clergy of the Merion Deanery (as of this time):
The Rev. Frank Allen,
The Rev. Dr. William Duffey,
The Rev. Mary Laney,
The Rev. Joy Mills
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