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Warning: Grace Episcopal, Abusive Church

Unread postby EricBonetti » 8 March 2019, 18:13

So I am probably the last person you’d expect to make this post, as my husband and I were the first same-sex couple married in our church. But it’s s story that needs to be told, and an important caution to LGBT Christians.

As many of you know, in January 2018, Episcopal priest Bob Malm, my former rector, went to court, falsely claiming I had threatened him. Many, myself included, were suprised when the court ruled in his favor, despite a total lack of evidence that I, or anyone else, had threatened Bob.

I appealed, and Bob lied throughout much of the appeal process, including under oath. Thus, I believe Bob committed perjury.

Among his lies:
That my mother, terminally ill, had made various appointments with him and no-showed.
That only his wife had blogged about our conflict; the Alexandria police department directly contradicted this statement, indicating that his daughter, Lindsey Malm Anders, was actually the primary blogger.
That I was never licensed to practice law (retired PA attorney ID 55971).
That I had never served as a police officer. (Inter alia, former Arlington County volunteer officer).
That I had violated the existing protective order.
Note that the statements, made in court filings, about my having allegedly not been an attorney and having allegedly not served as a police officer were not proferred to the court as opinions, or as the unproven results of legal research. Instead, they were proffered as facts.

Both at the time of these incidents and subsequently, I informed the Episcopal diocese of Virginia about Malm’s perjury. I even directly emailed both Bishop Shannon and Bishop Susan Goff. Neither responded, nor have they taken any action to investigate my claims.

Malm still serves as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria. Bishop Goff still is the ecclesiastical authority for the Diocese of Virginia.

At a time when the Catholic Church finally is disclosing abuse after years of concealment and coverup, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia is making every effort to conceal, cover-up, and avoid dealing with Bob Malm’s abusive, illegal, and unethical actions.

This Lent, know this: There is nothing Christian about the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Its only goal is to avoid accountability.

#bobmalm #fakechristians #perjury @thediocese @graceepisalexva
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Re: Warning: Grace Episcopal, Abusive Church

Unread postby Eryx » 8 March 2019, 23:55

I'm not surprised at all. You're right to share this story, making noise is the best way to get this around and hold them accountable. You should post to Reddit too, where people can share more and talk about the issue. I recommend /r/lgbt and /r/gaybros.

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Re: Warning: Grace Episcopal, Abusive Church

Unread postby EricBonetti » 9 March 2019, 00:19

Thanks brother!
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