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Episcopal Abuse Survivors denounces Todd Ousley dealing with of clergy self-discipline

Abuse survivors help proposed decision D095

BETHESDA, Md. — The Episcopal Survivors Community (ESN), comprising victims of abuse within the Episcopal Church, at this time sharply condemned Bishop Todd Ousley’s repeated mishandling of clergy disciplinary complaints made by way of Title IV, the church disciplinary canon. Ousley is the present bishop for the Workplace of Pastoral Growth and experiences to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

“Ousley’s dismal and disgraceful dealing with of Bishop Whayne Hougland’s admitted extramarital affair is appalling. The notion of rewarding misconduct, whereas ignoring victims, is repugnant to fundamental notions of Christianity. We see no proof of any effort by Ousley to look after these harm by this case, or any recognition of the added trauma his habits has brought about.

“Neither is this the primary time now we have seen Ousley ignore church canons. Certainly, he has repeatedly refused to deal with conditions during which bishops ignore Title IV necessities altogether, each substantive and procedural. Ousley himself usually doesn’t present the procedural notices required by Title IV.

“One frequent denominator in these circumstances is that Ousley refuses to carry bishops accountable who refuse to supply the pastoral response mandated in each occasion during which a criticism is made to an consumption officer. That response, which ought to embody respect and caring for all events, is an essential part of the Title IV course of and begins in the mean time a criticism is made. That requirement exists even when the criticism is dismissed. And caring for these harm by the church is a necessary a part of ‘The Manner of Love.’

“It’s disturbing {that a} bishop who handles clergy self-discipline so badly is chargeable for coaching different bishops,” Hardy continued. “This doesn’t bode nicely for the way forward for the Episcopal Church. Certainly, it seems Ousley lacks even a rudimentary understanding of Title IV necessities. And we be aware that watchdog publication Anglican Watch has already flagged the problems with the Workplace of Pastoral Growth.

ESN endorses proposed decision D095 “Name for Evaluation and Assist of the Presiding Bishop’s Workplace of Pastoral Growth,” and provides the next suggestions:

  • Ousley’s rapid resignation.
  • An unbiased, exterior overview of the Workplace of Pastoral Growth and its position in Title IV circumstances, with a written report, documentation, and proposals for remedial motion.
  • In-person Title IV coaching for all DFMS workers.
  • Institution of an unbiased nationwide consumption officer for all clergy disciplinary complaints per prior proposed resolutions.
  • Institution of a nationwide Title IV database per prior proposed resolutions.
  • Specifying within the Title IV canons that bullying and different non-sexual abuse is actionable underneath Title IV.
  • Institution of a church-wide ethics hotline, in order that complaints could also be addressed irrespective of the personalities concerned.
  • Impartial, third-party auditing of diocesan and nationwide church adherence to Title IV necessities each two years, with outcomes compiled and made publicly accessible.
  • Disciplinary penalties for bishops who ignore Title IV, sandbag complaints, or dismiss them on pretextual bases. ESN is conscious of dozens of such circumstances, together with inside DFMS, in addition to the dioceses of Alabama, Virginia, Massachusetts and Newark.

“Reforming clergy self-discipline is crucial to the survival of the Episcopal Church,” Hardy famous. “The times are lengthy over when bishops can ignore misconduct as a result of they like a selected priest or don’t like a selected layperson. Nor can bishops wash their palms of complaints as a result of they don’t need to get entangled, or cover-up misconduct by way of claims of confidentiality.

“The church can not discuss ‘The Manner of Love,’ whereas ignoring abuse, whether or not sexual or non-sexual in nature.

“If the church is not going to police itself, then we’ll shout it from the rooftops once we see misconduct,” Hardy added. “The consequence would be the finish of the Episcopal Church as we all know it. That’s the backside line. And cleansing up the mess that’s clergy self-discipline within the church begins with integrity within the workplace of presiding bishop.”


The Episcopal Survivors Community (ESN) is a nonprofit community of survivors of abuse and their allies. We’re devoted to:

  • Talking out on behalf of these harm by the church.
  • Advocating for therapeutic.
  • Each time doable, fostering optimistic relationships.
  • Looking for justice.

ESN is on the internet at

Heather Hardy
Episcopal Survivors Community
[email protected]

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this article are these of the authors and don’t essentially mirror the official coverage or place of Faith Information Service or Faith Information Basis.

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