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Conservative Episcopal priest fired over porn viewing

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 9, 2011 | 9:09 pm

Looking at porn on the office computer is one way to lose your job. Especially when you are a minister. Definitely if your name is Marshall Brown and you worked at Truro Church.

From The Washington Post:

In 2005, Truro arranged for Brown, now 57, to receive treatment for an Internet addiction after he reported having a problem, according to Bishop Martyn Minns, who was Truro’s rector at the time and is now bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, the umbrella group of breakaway churches.

Minns, one of the leaders of Anglican conservatism, said in an interview this week that in 2005, he didn’t ask his then-assistant for details about what kind of sites he was using - sexual or otherwise. The addiction experts who treated Brown told Minns that “there was nothing illegal or involving children,” but beyond that, Minns said, “I didn’t ask too many questions.”

Then, last month, Brown was removed for accessing “Web sites that would be considered pornography,” Truro Executive Director Warren Thrasher said.

Read the rest here.

Not surprisingly, of interest to the Post was the fact that Truro, a conservative Episcopal church that disagreed with the denomination’s acceptance of homosexuality, helped lead 14 Virginia parishes to break away from the U.S. Episcopal Church, which is the American arm of Anglicanism.

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