Former Church COO Stacy Sauls sues the Episcopal Church over his Dismissal
By David W. Virtue, DD
February 8, 2017
The Episcopal Church's former Chief Operating Officer, Bishop Stacy Sauls is suing the Episcopal Church over his dismissal, because the offer the Church made was not good enough, he says.
In their response, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies, Gay Jennings, issued a joint letter informing the Church Center staff about Bishop Saul's intent to sue over his dismissal last year.
"Earlier this week, we informed Executive Council that Bishop Stacy Sauls has filed a lawsuit against the corporation of the Episcopal Church, called the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS), and an unspecified number of unnamed defendants associated with the church. The suit concerns Bishop Sauls' tenure as chief operating officer of the DFMS and his departure from that job.
"As you may remember, Bishop Sauls served as chief operating officer from 2011 until December 2015, when he was placed on administrative leave. Bishop Sauls' employment with the church ended in April, 2016.
"The Presiding Bishop, in consultation with legal counsel, tried his best to negotiate a severance with Bishop Sauls. We believe he made a good faith and compassionate offer, but that offer was not accepted. The Presiding Bishop, as a steward of church resources, felt that he could not go beyond that offer and explain it in good conscience to the church.
"As officers of the church, we are not going to comment directly on pending litigation that involves the church. We have complete confidence in one another and in the staff, officers, and leaders of the Episcopal Church. We are united in our desire to resolve this suit as quickly and compassionately as possible, and we are committed to working together to create a church culture that follows the loving, liberating and life-giving way of Jesus."
VOL FOOTNOTE: When the rats leave a sinking ship they grab as much as they can, so it is fast becoming the case in TEC.
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA
THE RT. REVEREND STACY F. SAULS, Plaintiff, vs. THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH a/k/a THE) DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A New York Religious Corporation; and JOHN DOES 1-30, Defendants.
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