Sunday, April 10, 2016

Lexington’s Episcopal bishop, Douglas Hahn, suspended for a year

From Lexington-

Douglas Hahn has been suspended from his position as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington for a year.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of the national Episcopal Church, imposed the suspension effective March 9, after Hahn admitted that he had had a sexual relationship with an adult female parishioner, and that he “intentionally withheld” that information while seeking to become Lexington’s bishop, according to a news release from the diocese.

Hahn said in a letter dated March 14 that he was sorry for the hurt his behavior had caused and that the suspension was part of an agreement reached between himself and Curry.

“We have agreed that this should be a time of repentance, retreat and reflection. It will be a time of healing of hurts. I will spend this time doing whatever is possible to make this right with the Church,” Hahn wrote, adding later that “We agree that this will allow me to return to my ministry as a stronger, healthier Bishop.”

Hahn said the diocese would not be asked to support him financially during the suspension.

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