Now-resigned suffragan bishop Heather E. Cook still faces a criminal trial in the death of bicyclist Tom Palermo.
Maryland bishop repents for “not learning more about the ‘cunning, baffling and powerful’ nature of alcoholism.”
Presiding Bishop: “Healing requires hope for a redeemed future for the Palermo family as well as Heather Cook.”
Under Title IV, Presiding Bishop prohibits Bishop Heather Cook from engaging in any ministry.
Deputies President Gay Jennings: “the credibility of the process by which we elect bishops is in question.”
Bishop of Maryland seeks a “healthy balance between promises of confidentiality and the need for truth-telling.”
If found guilty, Bishop Heather Cook could spend up to 20 years in prison.
Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton: “[I]t is my hope Heather will see the wisdom in this recommendation.”
Mark H. Hansen, a former priest of the Diocese of Connecticut, has posted bail for Bishop Heather Cook.
“Our guidelines are woefully inadequate and naïve” on substance abuse and addiction.