Petition 81387

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Chargeable Offenses (81387-JA-¶2702)

Amend ¶2702 by adding subparagraphs as follows:
  
¶2702.1 m) making charges against a bishop, clergy member of an annual conference, local pastor, clergy on honorable or administrative location or diagonal minister that contain substantial false information or intentional falsehoods.
  
¶2702.3 k) making charges against a bishop, clergy member of an annual conference, local pastor, clergy on honorable or administrative location or diagonal minister that contain substantial false information or intentional falsehoods.

Rationale

The chargeable offence section, section 2702.1,3 in the Book of Discipline is incomplete in that there is no liability on the part of any complainant who exercises the right of complaint under the sections 2701 for making charges that contain substantial false information or intentional falsehoods.  This oversight violates the...