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Bishop Michael Curry Responds to Complaints of ‘Free Passes’ for Accused Bishops

Nivedhan and Eklan Singh, Prince Singh’s sons, told RNS via email that when bishops are found guilty of misconduct, they should be prevented from causing repeated harm.

“If a Bishop sexually assaults a person, depose them. If a Bishop has a history of physically abusing children, depose them. If a Bishop fails to launch Title IV regarding abuse allegations, as canonical law requires: depose them,” said Nivedhan.

“Protecting abusers means enabling them to abuse again,” Eklan added.

For her part, Ayala Harris said she has been “amazed” by the response of church leaders, particularly women clergy, who have organized in the wake of her letter.

“Over the past few days, I’ve witnessed the Holy Spirit ignite a collective passion for prioritizing accountability and safety in our beloved church. I never imagined our higher calling would be embraced so swiftly by so many,” Ayala Harris wrote in a statement to RNS. “Together, we will work toward ensuring the safety of all people within our community and to strengthen the integrity of our disciplinary processes.”

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