Anglican Watch contacted Dallas Bishop George Sumner with the allegations that he tried to sandbag the Douglas Anderson #churchtoo case. We shared those allegations and the claim that he forced the parochial vicar out to shut things down. We also asked him to present any evidence to disprove these claims. Nor were we super tactful; we were like, “People say you are a liar.”
It won’t surprise you to know that we got no response. So, we believe the allegations we have heard are spot-on.
Thus, our advice to women in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas is two-fold:
- Avoid Sumner like the plague. If he can’t act with integrity in this matter, he can’t be trusted. Full stop. You deserve to be treated with respect and have allegations of sexual misconduct taken seriously, investigated, and the instigator held responsible.
- Demand change. Apparently, Sumner is more worried about the church’s reputation than the people who make up the church. If that’s the case, he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and needs to go. And you are within your rights to demand transparency, accountability, a pastoral response, and dignity for all hurt by the church. We’re going to repeat it: Women are not objects.
So, assuming what we have heard is accurate, let us say it again, including on behalf of the alleged victim in this case: George Sumner, you disgust us.