Magazine article Anglican Journal

Heresy Trial Set to Go

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Heresy Trial Set to Go

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NEW YORK--The Episcopal Church in the U.S. will have to wait a little longer to find out if it has a heretic in its midst.

The heresy trial of Bishop Walter Righter, retired bishop of Iowa, has been postponed from January to Feb. 27 to 29. It was originally scheduled for Chicago but is now being moved to Wilmington, Delaware.

The dates were changed in response to requests from both the defense attorney representing Bishop Righter and the "church advocate" or prosecuting attorney, on the grounds that the earlier dates did not give them enough time to prepare, reports Episcopal News Service.

Michael Rehill, chancellor for the diocese of Newark who is representing Bishop Righter, also argued that the Chicago location would cause financial hardship to the bishop, who must cover his own costs for bringing witnesses to the trial. A fund has been established for Bishop Righter's defence, which it has been estimated may cost more than $200,000. …

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