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September 7, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
An Episcopal priest who says the church has become too liberal on issues such as the ordination of women and recognition of same-sex unions has been defrocked by the bishop of Pennsylvania. Nationally, the Episcopal Church allows the ordination of women. It officially opposes same-sex relations, but in practice, it brings no sanctions against those who ordain actively homosexual clergy or conduct same-sex unions.
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OPINION
September 17, 2008
Re "Bishops in state oppose Prop. 8," Sept. 11 I was delighted to read that the Episcopal bishops took such a strong stand against Proposition 8. I believe that it is crucial as we approach this important election for people of faith to stand up and oppose this effort to take constitutionally guaranteed rights away from Californians who happen to be gay or lesbian. To do anything less would be to reduce our cherished "liberty and justice for all" to "liberty and justice for some."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2002
Laura Cameron Fraser, 70, the first woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest in the Pacific Northwest, died March 2 of a stroke at her home in East Wenatchee, Wash. She was ordained Feb. 3, 1977, before a capacity crowd at Epiphany Parish in Olympia. Her elevation to the priesthood was controversial, provoking 26 of Washington's Episcopal clergy and laypeople who opposed the ordination of women to hold an opposition prayer service.
NEWS
August 15, 2008
Re "Nuns, hospital staffs clash," Aug. 8 As an Episcopal priest who has worked closely for 27 years with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange on lifesaving social justice issues, I believe it is important for your readers to understand the differences in how the parties involved make decisions. The Sisters' community makes decisions based on prayer and careful discernment within their religious community. The sisters have always cast their lot with the poor and powerless. I was also a member of the Teamsters and steelworkers unions before I was a priest, and I know that the union process can involve aggressive pressure and harassing intimidation.
NEWS
January 30, 1990 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
A controversial gay Episcopal priest, ordained in New Jersey less than six weeks ago, was suspended Monday from priestly functions and forbidden to speak publicly because of his recent statements criticizing celibacy and monogamy. The Rev. J. Robert Williams, 34, who lives with an acknowledged male lover, has also been forced to resign as head of a gay and lesbian ministry in Hoboken, N.J., because of his opinions, church spokesmen said Monday. Williams said at a forum in Detroit on Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1988 | JOHN FORKER, Times Staff Writer
As a boy in the 1920s, he used to work along the fog-shrouded San Pedro docks, delivering newspapers at 4 in the morning. He rode his bicycle among the rowdy sailors on Beacon Street, "the toughest street in the world" at the time, according to Ripley's "Believe It Or Not." Now 68, the Rev. Arthur R. Bartlett has spent his entire life near those docks, serving stints as both a longshoreman and an Episcopal priest.
NEWS
December 20, 1990 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former youth minister whose three trials for molesting a teen-age boy ended in hung juries has sued an Episcopal priest who tape-recorded a confession allegedly concerning the sexual allegations. David Rickard, 40, former youth pastor at St. Jude's Church in Burbank, claims in the lawsuit that the church's rector, Father Michael T. Flynn, violated Rickard's privacy and the confidentiality of confession.
NEWS
January 25, 1989 | From United Press International
An Episcopal priest has been charged with stealing $66,115 from two church bank accounts within the last two years, prosecutors said Tuesday. The Rev. Gerald A. Riley, 45, rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Allendale, was arrested on charges of theft by deception and forgery and surrendered to the Bergen County prosecutor's office Jan. 11, officials said. He was released on his own recognizance, they said.
NEWS
April 23, 1985
A half-million dollars worth of cocaine was found in the luggage of a part-time Episcopal priest and Army reserve chaplain when he landed at San Francisco International Airport after a trip to Florida, according to the agent in charge of the state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement in San Jose. Bob Luca said the kilogram of cocaine found in a garment bag belonging to the Rev. Robert Switz in the search April 8 was about 98% pure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1987
The article by Peter Kreitler, an Episcopal priest, was splendid. In it he pointed out how dangerous most TV preachers are with their messages of intolerance toward all who do not believe as they do. The good priest reminds us that God has no preference except for the poor and oppressed. Instead of helping to solve the many problems facing our multifaceted society, these preachers ferment hate and use the pulpit for political gain. It is unbelievable that these unlawful, divisive, and un-Godlike concepts have been embraced by so many.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2007 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A conservative Episcopal priest who helped lead a 2004 revolt against the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles over homosexuality has resigned as rector of a Newport Beach church after a female parishioner complained about unwanted attention from the married clergyman. The Rev. Praveen Bunyan, who ministered at St. James Church, resigned last week after confessing to "inappropriate conduct" with the woman, said church spokeswoman Karen Bro.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2006 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
Barbara Brown Taylor worked long hours ministering to a large congregation in Atlanta, then took the helm of a small rural parish nearby, even as her role and her soul were, as she puts it, "eating each other alive." After 15 years at the pulpit, the job, which once fulfilled her spiritually and emotionally, had come to leave her feeling frustrated, discouraged and fatigued.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to parole James Tramel, a convicted murderer who was ordained an Episcopal priest in prison, a spokeswoman for the governor said Thursday. In declining to review Tramel's case, the governor is letting stand an October 2005 decision by the state parole board to free the 38-year-old inmate, said Julie Soderlund, a Schwarzenegger aide. The action is a turnabout for the governor, who last year rejected the board's 2004 decision to release Tramel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2003 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
The first openly gay priest to be chosen an Episcopal bishop stood on the verge of approval Sunday as he won a key vote that opponents said could split one of the nation's oldest and most influential churches. The Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire must still win approval by the nation's Episcopal bishops, who are scheduled to take up the matter today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
An Episcopal priest who says the church has become too liberal on issues such as the ordination of women and recognition of same-sex unions has been defrocked by the bishop of Pennsylvania. Nationally, the Episcopal Church allows the ordination of women. It officially opposes same-sex relations, but in practice, it brings no sanctions against those who ordain actively homosexual clergy or conduct same-sex unions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2002
Laura Cameron Fraser, 70, the first woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest in the Pacific Northwest, died March 2 of a stroke at her home in East Wenatchee, Wash. She was ordained Feb. 3, 1977, before a capacity crowd at Epiphany Parish in Olympia. Her elevation to the priesthood was controversial, provoking 26 of Washington's Episcopal clergy and laypeople who opposed the ordination of women to hold an opposition prayer service.
NEWS
August 7, 1985
A woman who said she confessed to an Episcopal priest that she had embezzled $28,000 from their church has sued the cleric for $5 million, arguing that he invaded her privacy and caused her emotional distress by telling police. Sheridan Anne Edwards of Belvedere said her anxiety about the theft drove her to confess to Rector William Rankin, who, instead of offering her absolution, angrily advised her to get an attorney.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 1990
A former Episcopal priest whose congregation is battling the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan for control of historic Mariners' Church in downtown Detroit says the controversy has not weakened his parish. "In fact, we have become a stronger group," said the Rev. Richard Ingalls, the traditionalist rector of Mariners' Church, located near the banks of the Detroit River. Ingalls was named rector of Mariners' in 1965.
NEWS
October 18, 2001 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The president has asked the country to move on, and many parts of the country seem ready to comply. Not this region, not yet. Something has happened to Boston, the third city in this country's triangle of tragedy. New York and the Washington area took the hits when terrorists struck more than a month ago, leading to U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan. But Boston was the launch pad. Two planes that struck the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 originated here at Logan International Airport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2001
The Rev. William A. Wendt, 81, an Episcopal priest and longtime civil rights activist, died July 1 in Washington, D.C., after a long battle with cancer. Born in Mitchell, S.D., Wendt was a fighter pilot during World War II, flying 80 missions against Germany. After the war, Wendt became a priest, he said, "so I would never be involved in anything like that again." He graduated from General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1951.
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