Now-resigned suffragan bishop Heather E. Cook still faces a criminal trial in the death of bicyclist Tom Palermo.
Diocese of Maryland
Bishop Sutton: “We are in an official State of Emergency, but we are also in an unofficial State of Despair.”
Maryland bishop repents for “not learning more about the ‘cunning, baffling and powerful’ nature of alcoholism.”
Presiding Bishop: “Healing requires hope for a redeemed future for the Palermo family as well as Heather Cook.”
Under Title IV, Presiding Bishop prohibits Bishop Heather Cook from engaging in any ministry.
Deputies President Gay Jennings: “the credibility of the process by which we elect bishops is in question.”
Bishop of Maryland seeks a “healthy balance between promises of confidentiality and the need for truth-telling.”
If found guilty, Bishop Heather Cook could spend up to 20 years in prison.
Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton: “[I]t is my hope Heather will see the wisdom in this recommendation.”
Mark H. Hansen, a former priest of the Diocese of Connecticut, has posted bail for Bishop Heather Cook.