From the Watchdogblog at the Dallas Morning News:
Stockbroker/clergyman William Warnky has resigned from the Episcopal priesthood, church representatives say.
Meanwhile, Dallas Episcopal leaders are cautioning clergy not to talk to me about discipline scandals — whether Warnky and fellow broker/priest Raymond Jennison’s financial dealings with parishioners or another priest’s three-year suspension for harassment.
Episcopal bosses also have hired one of the Dallas area’s top crisis-management consultants, the LeMaster Group.
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By renouncing his vows as a priest and not being defrocked, Warnky leaves open a window for returning to the ministry. [Bishop Suffragan Paul] Lambert called that only a theoretical possibility, because Dallas Bishop James Stanton and his counterparts in five surrounding dioceses would all have to approve.
Lambert described himself as exhausted by a long day of meetings and many days of dealing with unhappy situations.
“I feel like I’ve been rode hard and put up wet,” he said.
[Crisis-management consultant Lisa] LeMaster said she’s an Episcopalian and often works “on a reduced-rate basis, especially when it involves the Episcopal Church.” She declined to discuss her fees.
Bishop Stanton was at Lambeth Palace last week.
See our earlier coverage of the broker-priests here.