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Bishop Dismisses Charges Against Superintendent For Protecting Pedophile Scout Leader


From: Michael D. Hinton mdhinton@mindspring.com
Sent: Saturday, January 27, 2001 10:42 AM 
To: John Warrener
Subject: ACCOUNTABILITY WATCH - Update

Friends,

I'm back from Christmas/New Year celebrations with family and friends in West Texas ... and from Church business in Little Rock.

The Board of Ordained Ministry, saying they did not want to break ministerial covenant with me, nevertheless is recommending that I be placed on Administrative Location, subject to vote of the Annual Conference.

Bishop Huie dismissed the complaint I filed against my former Superintendent, Jan Edwards, who said a pedophile "needs a place in the church, too." Jan apologized to me for not returning my calls for nearly a month when the pedo-crisis first broke and said she had increased the hours of her Secretary to full time! Bishop Huie admitted to "hypocrisy" in the system because she and Jan were dealing with a crisis in a tall-steeple church at the time. Nevertheless, Bishop Huie said my complaint was not "substantial." Go figure.

The delegation of the Jurisdictional Committee on the Episcopacy concluded there was no way to resolve the conflict between myself and Bishop Huie over last year's appointment process. One of the delegates admitted "our system is deeply flawed," but when I suggested that we fix it, there was no response.

I asked for back pay, disability and a transfer to New England. Nyet, nyet, nyet.

In fact, the Joint Committee on Disability is recommending that I not receive disability, even though the Conference was compensating me at the time of the accident, paying MPP and CPP at the time of the accident, as well as my medical premiums.

So, I've officially asked that the complaint against Huie be advanced to the next level ... and I'm shipping all the documentation I have about these outrages to my attorney in Little Rock.

Yours in Christ,

Michael D. Hinton, M.Div. 
255 Pine St. 
Bangor, Me. 04401 
(207) 990-2819

 

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