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9 abuse allegations against 1st Episcopal bishop to ordain a woman

July 28, 2010

A bishop of the Episcopal Church has announced that he is aware of at least nine allegations of sexual abuse against one of his predecessors.

On July 11, Bishop Sean Rowe of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania announced that the late Bishop Donald Davis sexually abused four girls of around the age of 10. Rowe also asked other victims to come forward and subsequently said that he is aware of at least five others who have alleged abuse.

Davis, who died in 2007 at the age of 78, was appointed bishop in 1973 and retired in 1991. In 1977, he became the first Episcopal Church bishop to ordain a woman priest.

Davis was married for 55 years and had three sons and a daughter.


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  • Posted by: Polycarp - Jul. 28, 2010 8:52 PM ET USA

    Now, let's see how long it takes the secular media and the NY Times to pick up this story and run with it. Then we'll see if they are truly all about reporting the news, or only if the news can be an attack on the Catholic Church.

  • Posted by: Salome - Jul. 28, 2010 4:05 PM ET USA

    . . . and the ordination of women . . . But then, there are multitudinous ways in which one can't keep one's hands off them, it would seem.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jul. 28, 2010 3:18 PM ET USA

    See? Now if they allowed a married clergy.... Uh. Oh, forget it.