Petition 81093

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Removal of Credentials (81093-JA-¶2702)

Add new subparagraph after ¶2702(5)as follows:
  
Any bishop, clergy member of an annual conference, local pastor (active or retired), clergy on honorable or administrative location, or diaconal minister will be mandated to turn in his/her credentials under any of the following circumstances:  
1) if found guilty in a court of law for any sexual abuse or sexual misconduct charge,  
2) if entered an Alford Plea in a court of law for any sexual abuse or sexual misconduct charge, or
3) if placed on a state’s sex offender registry list.


Rationale

In November 2005, allegations of sexual abuse against a male Methodist pastor in Iowa were made public by the victim. Prior to the charges being entered into a court of law, the pastor acknowledged guilt for more than one incident of  “sexual wrong-doing” on a dependent adult female. This pastor...