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Bishop Curry criticised over handling of allegations

19 January 2024

THE Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, the Most Revd Michael Curry, has been accused of misconduct in his handling of abuse allegations, the Religion News Service reports.

On Tuesday, the Religion News Service reported that a spokesperson for the Church had said that a “Title IV [disciplinary] complaint had been received” and was “at the intake stage”.

Bishop Curry has been criticised by the sons of the Rt Revd Prince Singh, who say that he failed to act on their accusations that their father, who was a bishop in Michigan before resigning in September, had been abusive towards them and his ex-wife (News, 15 September).

When the allegations came to light in June, Bishop Singh requested a Title IV investigation into his own conduct, and suggested that the accusations had been prompted by his decision to marry again (News, 30 June).

His son, Nivedhan Singh, told the Religion News Service: “This has always been about holding an institution accountable for a lack of checks and balances.” He said that Bishop Curry had been notified of the allegations against Bishop Singh in December 2022, but had not initiated disciplinary proceedings.

The investigation into Bishop Singh’s conduct continues. It is unclear what the Title IV process will mean for Bishop Curry’s tenure as Presiding Bishop, which is due to end in October (News, 21 September).

On Thursday of last week, the Episcopal Church reported that Bishop Curry was recovering from surgery, which had taken place on 6 January. He previously underwent surgery last September, after several months marked by absences for ill-health (News, 2 June, 16 June).

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