Friday, March 23, 2018

Panel: Episcopal Church still lacks accountability on drugs

From The Washington Post-

A study commissioned after an Episcopal bishop killed a bicyclist while driving drunk in Baltimore criticizes the church’s handling of substance abuse issues and highlights systemic deficiencies.

The Baltimore Sun cites a March report from the Commission on Impairment and Leadership that concludes the policies and cultural attitudes of the Episcopal Church U.S.A. have enabled an “abdication of accountability” and prevented clergy members and communities from addressing “impaired clergy.” The church’s House of Bishops commissioned the study.

The 11-person panel of Episcopal leaders used case studies to determine the church has “an inadequate theological understanding of forgiveness,” which superseded taking responsibility for the consequences of behavior. The report said that the church’s structure detrimentally impacted nearly every examined case by essentially fostering inaction.

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