Saturday, June 8, 2019
As I posted previously, it is shocking, alarming, and somewhat amusing that Melissa Hollerith, who is prepared to say that perjury by priests is okay as long as they don’t get convicted for it, teaches ethics at the prestigious St. Albans school.
With that in mind, I sent the following message to both the headmaster and the chair of her department. Predictably enough, neither had the umm...spine...to respond, but I believe this is a valid question. Do you really want to spend just shy of $60K a year to send your son to a school that has such a thin grip on ethics? Do you really think he is going to learn the right sort of life lessons from a priest who is morally bankrupt?
The fact that Melissa has any role in the church at all shows just how bad things have become in The Episcopal Church. And no, I am not a member of the GAFCON crowd. I say that as someone who is politically progressive and inclusive.
The Episcopal Church is dying, and rightly so.
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Following the decision by the Venango Court of Common Pleas to block Bob Malm’s abusive attempt to subpoena my mother, who is in the final stages of COPD, there’s been a flurry of legal skirmishing. I won’t go into details, but I will share a few observations:
- Jeff Chiow claims to have been unaware that Mom has end-stage COPD. That’s a curious claim, as 1) It’s discussed on Mom’s website and in various posts on my website. 2) He and Bob Malm are known to have discussed the topic on multiple occasions, going back to at least February 2018. Thus, Jeff’s memory appears to be spotty, at best.
- Jeff Chiow also has complained of lack of notice. However, there is no evidence he notified Mom’s attorney, Hank Gent, of the impending subpoena. At a minimum, most would consider this to be professional courtesy. Having apparently failed to do so, it is disingenuous in the extreme for Jeff to now claim that HE lacked notice apropos the response of Mom’s litigation attorney. Thus, it is ironic that Jeff now both complains about the results of his own actions, and is forced to engage in speculation as to when Mom received notice. Of course, if I am wrong, Jeff no doubt will have a copy of the certified letter or other documentation by which he notified Mom’s attorney.
- Jeff Chiow appears to be painfully, even excruciatingly, unaware of the relevant rules of civil procedure. (Note to self: Never hire a contracts attorney to do trial work!)
One also is reminded of disciplinary rule 4.1, which provides:
Rule 4.1 Truthfulness In Statements To Others
In the course of representing a client a lawyer shall not knowingly:
(a) make a false statement of material fact or law to a third person; or
(b) fail to disclose a material fact to a third person when disclosure is necessary to avoid assisting a criminal or fraudulent act by a client, unless disclosure is prohibited by Rule 1.6.
Friday, June 29, 2018
In 2016, the Episcopal News Service, reporting on the wake of the firing of several top-level Episcopal Church officials, ran an article outlining findings that workplace culture in Episcopal Church headquarters were seriously troubled. Among the findings reported: That employees found it difficult to do what the considered to be ethical.
Despite that, two years later the church still permits retaliation for filing a Title IV complaint, for example.
That begs the question: Why isn’t the issue getting more attention at General Convention? Why, for instance, is there no action on codifying whistleblower protections in church canons?
Here is the original article, found at https://livingchurch.org/2016/09/15/fear-mistrust-resentment/.