Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sandwich reverend accused of plagiarizing sermons

From Cape Cod (with video)

An Episcopal reverend from Sandwich was suspended from his post amid allegations that he plagiarized several of his sermons from a book.

Rev. John E. McGinn of the St. John's Episcopal Church, was placed on administrative leave after he was accused of plagiarizing sermons, reports The Cape Cod Times. The allegations of plagiarism go as far back as 2006.

According to the newspaper, McGinn, who has led the church for 20 years, is accused of taking the sermons from a book entitled "Dynamic Preaching." Some of the sermons were signed by McGinn and published on the church website and newsletter.

Church officials announced the allegations in a letter to the community on May 9. They say the allegations were brought up last year and that the issue was discussed with McGinn, who said it wouldn't happen again. Officials say they learned through further investigation that he continued to plagiarize and had been doing so for many years.

McGinn did not comment on the allegations to the newspaper, but did say he plans to retire.

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