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Addiction and Repentance

The Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of Maryland, writes to members of his diocese:

During Lent, we are called to self-examination, called to identify what holds us back from walking in the light of God. And this process calls us to say, “I’m sorry.”

For me personally and as your bishop, the process of repentance must begin with the Palermo family, who suffered the unbearable loss of Thomas Palermo on December 27. I’m sorry for their loss and regret his death was by all accounts caused by the extreme impairment of my recently installed bishop colleague Heather Cook.

… Know that I received with gratitude the recent communication from the Episcopal Church’s President of the House of Deputies calling for a rigorous examination of processes for bishop searches and policies regarding alcohol and addictions, as well as our Presiding Bishop’s Lenten call for healing and wholeness.

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