Simon Howson https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Simon Howson https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Mon, 22 Apr 2024 13:06:12 -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 Simon Howson 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>