Episcopal Church https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Episcopal Church https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Mon, 15 Apr 2024 08:07:38 -0400 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Thu, 02 Oct 2008 07:04:00 -0400 Episcopal Diocese settles suit with former Batavia priest https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/howard-owens/episcopal-diocese-settles-suit-former-batavia-priest WBKW in Buffalo reports that Simon Howson's lawsuit against the Episcopal Diocese of Wester New York (story with video) has been settled.

Howson was a priest at St. James Episcopal Church in Batavia in 2004 when he was accused of stealing and dismissed.  He claimed his firing was retaliation for him making a sexual harrassment claim against another priest.

Howson says he is finally publicly exonerated and the diocese is apologizing. "The bishop has stepped up and he's going to apologize in writing for what happened to Simon Howson." said attorney Andrew Fleming.

"You asked me how I feel," said Howson. "Numb. Numb." Howson filed a same sex discrimination and retaliation suit claiming Bishop Michael Garrison removed him from the church after he complained, that an admitted homosexual Episcopalian priest, now serving in Massachusetts, was sexually harassing him with unwanted advances. Howson is heterosexual. "Simon is a man of God. This was very difficult for him in a sense that this was very challenging to his faith journey." said Fleming.

Here's the Buffalo News story.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/howard-owens/episcopal-diocese-settles-suit-former-batavia-priest#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/howard-owens/episcopal-diocese-settles-suit-former-batavia-priest Oct 2, 2008, 7:04am Episcopal Church Episcopal Diocese settles suit with former Batavia priest Howard Owens <p>WBKW in Buffalo reports that Simon Howson's <a href="http://www.wkbw.com/news/local/30054704.html">lawsuit against the Episcopal Diocese of Wester New York</a> (story with video) has been settled.</p><p>Howson was a priest at St. James Episcopal Church in Batavia in 2004 when he was accused of stealing and dismissed.&nbsp; He claimed his firing was retaliation for</p>
Episcopal priest dismissed after sexual harrassment claim can proceed with lawsuit https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/howard-owens/episcopal-priest-dismissed-after-sexual-harrassment-claim-can-proceed-lawsuit Somehow, we missed this story when it hit the Buffalo News a few days ago: A judge has rulled that Rev. Simon B. Howson, 42, the former rector of Batavia’s St. James Episcopal Church, can proceed with his lawsuit against the Diocese.

Howson claims that he was dismissed from his job after making a sexual harrassment claim against another priest.

Fleming on Friday said the job dispute involves attempts earlier this decade by an admitted homosexual Episcopalian priest now serving in Massachusetts, who used Howson as a spiritual adviser in Batavia, to have sex with Howson, who is heterosexual but unmarried.

Diocesan attorney Brendan P. Kelleher asked the judge to summarily dismiss Howson’s lawsuit on the claim that the dispute is a purely religious controversy to be handled only by church authorities. Fleming argued that Howson’s dispute involves the state Human Rights Law.

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Howson was suspended in October 2004 because of allegations about stealing church funds, forging church documents and misrepresenting himself. In August 2007, the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York announced that his priestly rights were revoked and he was removed from the priesthood. Thursday, Fleming stressed to Michalek that all the allegations the bishop lodged against Howson were “false” and called the bishop’s actions against Howson “crazy, outrageous and disingenuous.” Fleming told the judge he personally deposed the admittedly homosexual priest recently in Massachusetts and confirmed that priest’s “sexual harassment” of his client.

Howson, "now a hospital chaplain with limited religious duties in the Fresno, Calif., area," is seeking $300,000 in restitution and reinstatment as a priest.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/howard-owens/episcopal-priest-dismissed-after-sexual-harrassment-claim-can-proceed-lawsuit#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/howard-owens/episcopal-priest-dismissed-after-sexual-harrassment-claim-can-proceed-lawsuit Sep 24, 2008, 7:04am Episcopal Church Episcopal priest dismissed after sexual harrassment claim can proceed with lawsuit Howard Owens <p>Somehow, we missed this story when it hit the <em>Buffalo News</em> a few days ago: A judge has rulled that Rev. Simon B. Howson, 42, the former rector of Batavia’s St. James Episcopal Church, <a href="http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/buffaloerie/story/443658.html">can proceed with his lawsuit against the Diocese</a>.</p> <p>Howson claims that he was dismissed from</p>