To: The People of the Diocese of Maine
Re: Healing the Church of Sexual Abuse and Misconduct
Dear Friends in Christ:
As you are well aware, the church is not immune to the sins that beset every human institution. The news frequently carries stories of improper and abusive behavior on the part of clergy, a great deal of which is coming to light in response to the activism of victims, the #MeToo movement. The Episcopal Church has made great strides over the last generation in educating clergy and lay leaders about the maintenance of personal boundaries and the responsibilities we share to protect the most vulnerable from harm. But we are not exempt from bad behavior. There are far too many instances of sexual misconduct in our church.
At last summer’s General Convention, The Episcopal Church suspended for three years the statute of limitations for reporting and addressing sexual abuse and misconduct by clergy against adults………to continue reading this letter, please click here.
+Stephen T. Lane
The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane
Bishop of Maine