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April 4, 2019
Blessings to you this Lent, my sisters and brothers in Delaware,
I write this pastoral letter to share with you an important action of the Episcopal Church, and I ask you to help me spread this news as widely as possible, not only within the church but across Delaware and beyond. The Episcopal Church has taken a critical step toward properly addressing past abuses by clergy toward laypersons as well as other clergy. As a bishop colleague of mine has rightly said, “For far too long there has been too much silence, and often misdirection, when persons in our church were brave enough to bring forward allegations against clergy”.
Last summer, General Convention of the Episcopal Church passed Resolution D034, which authorized a temporary suspension of the statute of limitations that required an adult victim of clergy sexual misconduct to make the allegation within ten years of the offense. The suspension of the statute of limitations began on January 1, 2019 and will be in place for three years, ending on December 31, 2021. (There is no statute of limitations on allegations of sexual conduct against a minor. These allegations may be reported at any time.)
In other words, this resolution permits any allegation of sexual misconduct against any bishop, priest, or deacon in the Episcopal Church to be raised through 2021, regardless of when the offense took place. Therefore, you do not have to wonder if an allegation comes from too long ago, regardless of what you may have heard or been told in the past.
The canon in question (Title IV.19.4) and the precise wording of D034 are available on our diocesan website. If you would prefer a printed copy of these materials simply call my office and we will quickly send it to you.
As your bishop, I unequivocally support this resolution and pray that victims of sexual abuse find the strength to seek healing and justice. Delaware, like every diocese in the Episcopal Church, has intake officers who confidentially and pastorally receive allegations of clergy misconduct. You can easily find the contact information for our intake officers on our diocesan website under Clergy Misconduct (found within the Resource tab), as well as other resources about the entire clergy disciplinary process.
While this step by the church is significant, it is only one small effort to correct the errors of our past. Over the next three years, you will hear more about this resolution, as well as our ongoing efforts in the Episcopal Church to seek justice, promote healing, and rebuild trust.
Please pray for all those affected by misconduct, and pray for the healing power of the Holy Spirit, the very spirit of truth (John 14.17), that Jesus has sent on our behalf. There is no hurt that the resurrection love of Jesus cannot reach, and I claim this hope when I pray for new life for our church and for us all.
The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown XI Bishop of Delaware
Resolved, That the 79th General Convention amend Canon IV.19.4 to read as follows:
Sec. 4(a) A Member of the Clergy shall not be subject to proceedings under this Title for acts committed more than ten years before the initiation of proceedings except:
- if a Member of the Clergy is convicted in a criminal Court of Record or a judgment in a civil Court of Record in a cause involving immorality, proceedings may be initiated at any time within three years after the conviction or judgment becomes final;
- if an alleged Injured Person was under the age of twenty-one years at the time of the alleged acts, proceedings may be initiated at any time prior to the alleged Injured Person’s attaining the age of twenty-five years; or
- if an alleged Injured Person is otherwise under disability at the time of the alleged acts, or if the acts alleged were not discovered, or the effects thereof were not realized, during the ten years immediately following the date of the acts alleged, the time within which proceedings may be initiated shall be extended to two years after the disability ceases or the alleged Injured Person discovers or realizes the effects of the acts alleged; provided, however, the time within which proceedings may be initiated shall not be extended beyond fifteen years from the date the acts are alleged to have been committed.
(b) The time limits of Subsection (a) above shall not apply with respect to persons whose acts include physical violence, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation, if the acts occurred when the alleged Injured Person was under the age of twenty-one years; in any such case, proceedings under this Title may be initiated at any time.
(c) The time limits of Subsection (a) above shall not apply with respect to persons whose acts include sexual misconduct, provided proceedings are initiated under this Title between January 1, 2019
December 2, 2018 and December 31, 2021.
c d) Except as provided in Subsection (b) above, the time limitations for initiation of proceedings in this Section shall be retroactive only to January 1, 1996.
d e) No proceedings under this Title shall be initiated for acts which are alleged to violate Canon IV.3.1(a) or to constitute a breach of Canon IV.4.1(b), (c), (e) or (h)(2) unless the acts were committed within or continued up to two years immediately preceding the time the proceedings are initiated.
e f) For purposes of this Section 4, proceedings are initiated under this Title with respect to a particular Offense when specific allegations of the commission of that Offense are made to the Intake Officer.
Below text is extracted from Title IV: Esclesiastical Discipline
TITLE IV | CANON IV .19.4-5 (page 256) (c) The time limits of Subsection (a) above shall not apply with respect to persons whose acts include sexual misconduct, provided proceedings are initiated under this Title between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2021.