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Letter from the Bishop

 30 January 2019
 
Dear Friends in Christ: 
 
Below you will find the first few paragraphs of my Pastoral Letter addressing the statute of limitations for reporting and addressing sexual abuse and misconduct by clergy against adults.
 
All priests-in-charge of a congregations, and/or Senior Wardens are asked to please have copies of this letter posted, copies made available, and read during services before the third Sunday in February. 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with my Executive Assistant, Barbara Martin (207-772-1953 x 125 or by reply to this email message).  
 
Faithfully, 
 
+Stephen T. Lane
 
The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane
Bishop of Maine 
 
 
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.