The Last Word?

The AP reports that the two Episcopal priests accused of being secretly Pagan have written letters of apology which state that they have “recanted and repudiated” their connection with Druidism.

Ruppe-Melnyk, rector of St. Francis-in-the-Fields parish in Malvern, and Melnyk, rector of St. James’ Church in Downingtown, said in letters to Bishop Charles Bennison of the Diocese of Pennsylvania that their involvement in Druidism was an effort to “help others who had lost connection to the Church to find a way to reconnect.” In the letters, the Melnyks ? in Druid circles, she used the name Raven, he the name OakWyse ? affirmed their belief in the historic creeds of Christianity and asked for “the mercy of the Church and of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

They may still be removed from their parish posts if their Bishop doesn’t feel this is enough (or if the “orthodox” wing continues to harass, which no doubt they will), so we may see one or two more posts on this subject in the future.

Past coverage on this issue: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Jason Pitzl-Waters

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