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Bishop clears way for cathedral to dissolve relationship with Trinity dean

Sep 1, 2010 6:46:00 PM - thestate.com

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina cleared the way today for Trinity Episcopal Cathedral to dissolve its 11-year relationship with the Very Rev. Philip C. Linder, the dean who was suspended in July.

Bishop W. Andrew Waldo lifted his original suspension — for violating a pastoral directive not to speak to members about a growing leadership conflict — and indicated he would not file formal disciplinary charges against Linder.

But Waldo insisted Linder remain “constrained” from ministry at the city’s oldest and most prominent Episcopal congregation. The Rev. Charles M. Davis Jr. remains acting dean.

“I’ve determined, for the time being, that filing formal disciplinary charges against Dean Linder for violating my earlier Pastoral Direction would not benefit my work with the Dean or further the Cathedral’s ability to move forward in its life and witness to the gospel,” Waldo said in a letter dated Aug. 29 to Trinity parishioners.