Broker-priest resigns; clergy gagged

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.

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