In Diocese of Dallas tougher rules instituted for stockbroker-priests

A second Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Dallas may be suspended:

Diocesan leaders are now weighing whether to also suspend the Rev. Raymond Jennison. He runs First Canterbury Securities, a northeast Dallas firm where Warnky worked, and is priest in charge of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Garland.

Another former member of Warnky’s parish (Good Samaritan, near White Rock Lake) told diocesan officials this week that Jennison mistreated her when she complained to him, in late 2007, about Warnky.

This report goes on to list her complaints. The, report by Brooks Egerton of the Dallas Morning News continues:

Effective immediately, priests are “barred from soliciting, providing or selling secular products or services to parishioners,” a diocesan press release says. It quotes Stanton thusly: “This new policy is designed to eliminate any conflicts of interest, and we hope these changes will raise the level of confidence in our clergy and that of the people under their care.”

Diocesan leaders previously told me that priests had long been prohibited from financial involvement with parishioners. But it turns out that the policy was pretty vague….

Other dioceses will perhaps want to examine their own conflict of interest policy.

Ironically, the diocesan convention this fall will be held at Southfork Ranch.

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