(Anglican) Journal Cleared of Any Wrongdoing in Handling of New Westminster Story
The Anglican Journal has been cleared by its General Synod subcommittee of an allegation of "unethical journalism" levelled by Bishop Michael Ingham and the communications committee of the Diocese of New Westminster, B.C.
In the wake of a story published in April concerning remarks Bishop Ingham made during his annual eucharist and meeting with members of Integrity in Vancouver, the diocese's communications committee wrote the Journal sub-committee saying the story was published "without verification of the facts...." As a result, the committee said, the story "has caused needless distress to the people of this diocese."
Bishop Ingham wrote a letter to the editor on the same subject, which was published in the May issue of the Journal. He also wrote his clergy and members of diocesan council in which he referred to the committee's letter as "protesting this unethical journalism."
After receiving expert opinion, the sub-committee said in a reply to the diocesan communications committee dated May 12, that "the article ... is substantially accurate, that due care was taken in its writing and editing, and that there was no intent to mislead or cause distress in the Diocese. …