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August 31, 2010
Dear Trinity, Bishop Waldo has written us to share his most recent decisions regarding our dean. His letter is intended for you and reflects his pastoral decision for both Philip and Trinity. Please know that you remain in his prayers. Please also keep Philip and Ellen, our bishop, and our wardens and vestry in your prayers as we move forward. This has not been an easy time for any of us. I continue to be amazed and blessed by the strong commitment members of this parish have to our community. I believe Trinity is healthy and strong as we move into this new season. Please know that your clergy, staff, and lay leadership are here for you, and do not hesitate to call me if there is anything I can do for you. As always, you remain in my prayers. Faithfully,
Charles M. Davis, Jr.
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The episcopal Diocese of Upper soUTh carolina
29 August 2010 Dear People of Trinity Cathedral, Over the past several weeks, since my decision to inhibit Dean Linder from the exercise of ordained ministry, I’ve had several conversations with the Dean and his representatives concerning next steps in his ministry as an ordained person in the Church. The inhibition was necessary to prevent division and discord from being spread within the Cathedral community following the Dean’s violation of my pastoral direction to him of July 13th. In my judgment, his violation of that direction risked injury to the health of the Cathedral and your witness to the gospel. It could not be ignored. His continuing choices not to respond by deadlines mutually agreed upon have caused me to prayerfully consider the most appropriate path forward for the Dean and for Trinity. Several paths have been considered. All of them have ultimately, in my pastoral judgment, led me to the conclusion that the Dean’s status is a pastoral matter between me as the Diocesan Bishop and the Dean as one of my clergy. Here is where we are today: I’ve determined, for the time being, that filing formal disciplinary charges against Dean Linder for violating my earlier Pastoral Direction would not benefit my work with the Dean or further the Cathedral’s ability to move forward in its life and witness to the gospel. I have thus removed the inhibition that, effective July 14th, had put this situation into the jurisdiction of the Ecclesiastical Court. Removing the inhibition now allows the vestry to formally act on the call to dissolve the Cathedral’s pastoral relationship with Philip Linder. I have issued a new Pastoral Direction, effective August 27th, under which the Dean is still constrained in his priestly ministry and relationship to the Cathedral staff and membership until further notice. Charles Davis, Jr., remains Acting Dean of the Cathedral.
These actions will allow me to work directly with the Dean on pastoral issues and will also free the Cathedral vestry to decide what course it will take. I know that this has been a challenging time for all of you, and yet I am deeply grateful to God for the life that is springing forth among you and for the maturity and wisdom with which you have as a community met these challenges. I ask your continued prayers for the Dean and for his family, acknowledging the strong personal relationships that many of you have with him, formed over the course of his ten years of ministry among you. I remain grateful for the good things that have come from his ministry. I also ask your prayers for the Trinity Vestry and for me as we address the issues before us. As we walk through these challenging times together, I am especially grateful to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for his guiding presence with all of us. He alone is our hope and refuge. Your brother in Christ, The Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo, Bishop The Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina
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