Diocese of Virginia. “Virginia bishops respond to Cook indictment.” Anglican Ink. 9 Jan 2015. http://anglicanink.com/article/virginia-bishops-respond-cook-indictment. Accessed 9 Jan 2015.
Virginia bishops respond to Cook indictment
Many important issues are raised by this tragic situation. Deeply substantive and pressing conversations within the Church and the broader community lie ahead. But our prayerful focus today is on Mr. Palermo, his family and his friends. Indeed, we pray for all those whose lives have been or will be impacted by these events.
We commend Bishop Eugene Sutton for the leadership and forthright transparency he has displayed from the very beginning of this tragedy. Our entire staff stands in solidarity with the staff of the Diocese of Maryland. Moreover, we are mindful of our calling to keep Bishop Cook in our prayers. We know this news will impact the hearts and minds of every person in that diocese.
Together with our Diocese, we will work to help the broader Church find its witness in a meaningful way. We pray that justice will be served. And we will continue to pray that all those troubled, angered, frustrated or in despair will experience the healing power of God.
The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston, Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff, Bishop Suffragan
The Rt. Rev. Edwin F. Gulick Jr., Assistant Bishop