Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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

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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