February 05, 2005

Gilpin quits vestry

Bradenton Herald

Herald Staff Writer

Joseph Gilpin resigned from the vestry of Christ Episcopal Church on Friday morning, hours before two clergy abuse groups had planned to ask the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida to remove him.

"This has been the best news," said Christopher M. McCafferty, president of Advocates for Children's Innocence Inc., after Bishop John Lipscomb of the diocese made the announcement in the middle of a news conference.

McCafferty's group and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests called the news conference at the diocese's Lakewood Ranch headquarters, alarmed that Gilpin was allowed to continue serving on the vestry.

Gilpin resigned as assistant principal at Haile Middle School on Jan. 28 after allegations surfaced that he molested two boys in the 1960s.

Posted by kshaw at February 5, 2005 06:41 AM