VirtueOnline’s Hepworth News Post
October 12, 2012 27 Comments
UPDATE: Virtue appears to have retracted and amended his comments (and thus I remove them from this post too) (HT – with thanks: Fr Christopher Phillips).
After having read the following news report, I have every reason to believe that the quote which is supposedly attributed to Bishop Michael Gill, is one that must have been taken well out of context:
Former Australian TAC Archbishop John Hepworth seems to have forgotten that he is no longer the leader of the TAC, nor is he even a member of the TAC. He keeps telling the press he is and acts like he has never been kicked out.
Peter Slipper, a leading member of his church, says he would be welcomed back as a priest into TAC according to Hepworth. Slipper was ordained as a priest of the Traditional Anglican Communion in 2008. Hepworth said his friend was facing his darkest days in the wake of “grotty” sexual harassment allegations. “It’s always more difficult to fall from a big height than a lesser height.” Well Hepworth should know.
Despite the nature of the text messages, revealed in court documents in the harassment case against Slipper, and the nature of other allegations, Archbishop Hepworth said his friend could still pursue a life as a fully functional priest. “The church has always believed in forgiveness,” he said.
But when VOL inquired of South African TAC Bishop Michael Gill… [retracted].
To my mind, a constituted Church Tribunal was to be held on 06 October 2012, which would be followed by an official TAC Press Release. That official TAC Press Release is yet to be released. I for one would be very interested to know who has been whispering into David Virtue’s ear (we have, of course, the normal suspects). But knowing (my) Bishop Gill as I do, I can say that he would never communicate (on behalf of the TAC) unless duly authorised so to do and that in an official way (i.e. not by spreading hearsay or gossiping over the blogs). He is (and has always been) dead against unsanctioned press releases, and, in any case, he’s simply too professional to do it any other way.
Now you see, good people, this is exactly why blogs get such a bad name!