Friday, October 05, 2007

Diocese of Georgia fails to notify clergy of action

From Jackie Bruchi at Stand Firm [boldface mine]:

On information from a commenter (thank you oscewicee!) we posted notices of Renunciation of Ordained Ministry of two priests by Bishop Louttit of the Diocese of Georgia and the revocation of licenses to officiate of the Rev. Layne Hansen and Deacon Greg Malleys, both canonically resident in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This is the content of the email that was received with the documents attached.
-----Original Message-----
From: Jacqui Belcher
To: 'Belcher, Jacqui'
Sent: Fri, 5 Oct 2007 12:45 pm
Subject: JRB: renunciation notice

Please find attached, the pronouncements of renunciations on Marcus Robertson and Sara Lufburrow.

Bishop Louttit has also, in light of the current action, revoked Layne Hansen's and Dcn Greg Malley's licenses to officiate and so notified their bishop, Robert Wm Duncan (Pittsburgh).

Jacqueline R. Belcher
Communications Officer & Registrar
The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia
611 East Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401-1296
(912) 236-4279 Voice / (912) 236-2007 Fax
www.georgia.anglican.org
Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all.
George Washington's farewell address, Sept 17, 1796

Since posting this I have been contacted by Christ Church, Savannah asking for confirmation as they have not been notified by the Bishop or his office of such action. Additionally, the chancellor for the Rev. Marcus Robertson contacted me with a similar request as he had also not been notified. Further, the chancellor advised that the Rev. Robertson specifically told Bishop Loutitt that he was NOT renouncing his orders.

We at Stand Firm feel our job is to bring you news that concerns the Anglican world as fast as we can but as responsbily as we can. We are deeply distressed that the Diocese did not notify the indivdiuals affected by the actions prior to sending it out via email to members of the diocese. It is also distressing that the Diocese misrepresented the actions of the Rev. Robertson. To the Rev. Robertson, the Rev. Lufburrow, the Rev. Hansen and Deacon Malleys, please know that it was not our intent to cause you any distress. We deeply regret that the Diocese failed to extend even common courtesy in this matter.

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and wish you Godspeed in your new ministry.

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