Former Episcopal Priest Tommy Allen Threatens Journalists

Recently Anglican Watch received a take-down request from Tommy Allen, a former Episcopal priest who faced criminal charges after allegedly physically assaulting two family members. We have declined this attempt at censorship for two reasons: 1) When someone mentions legal counsel, it is our policy to deal only with legal counsel. 2) The allegations referenced in the story are matters… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Priest Michael Ruk

In 2008 Episcopal priest Michael Ruk stepped down as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Levittown, Pennsylvania and All Saints Episcopal Church, Fallsington, both in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania(Philadelphia) after revelations that he had posted Craigslist personals ads offering “sacred and sensual body work” for men for $100.00 with “something extra afterwards.” A New Jersey man… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Treasurer Ellen F. Cooke

Ellen Cooke was convicted in 1996 of embezzling more than $1.5 million from the national offices of the Episcopal Church while serving as treasurer. In addition, she was found guilty of tax evasion. A college dropout, Cooke was known for a tyrannical management style. Her misconduct was discovered when her husband Nicholas T. Cooke II, then an Episcopal… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Attorney Jeffery Chiow

Attorney Jeffery Chiow represented Grace Episcopal Church, the Rev. Robert H. Malm, and the Rev. Leslie Steffensen in litigation involving Anglican Watch editor Eric Bonetti and his husband, Michael Smith. The lawsuit involved fabricated claims by Malm that various words, taken out of context from a blog published by Bonetti’s late mother, Sigrid Yahner, were somehow threats. Malm also claimed that… Read More »

Activists Announce Montvale Boycott in Response to Hate

A group of activists, including Anglican Watch editor Eric Bonetti, have launched a site calling for a boycott of Montvale NJ area businesses. Located at, the site includes a petition on Montvale is home to numerous businesses, including Sharp, Benjamin Moore,  Ingersoll Rand, Wegmans, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Davey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, Perfect Limo Service, Inc., CrossCountry… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Priests Fletcher Harper and Alex MacDonell

In 1996, the New Jersey State Appellate Court ruled that a parishioner could sue clergy for malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty. The ruling was on a lawsuit by an adult woman against the Rev. Fletcher Harper and the Rev. Alex MacDonell. The parishioner was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, Bergenfield, New Jersey, where she alleged… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Priest John Elton Smith Jr.

Episcopal priest John Elton Smith Jr. fled the state after he resigned as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Butte, Montana in the Episcopal Diocese of Montana on January 30, 2012. Smith was accused of “extreme mismanagement” of the church’s finances and causing a breakdown in congregational relationships. Under Smith, attendance declined from 200 on Sundays to… Read More »