February 1, 2019
Reconciliation, healing continue as
Court of Review denies Bruno appeal

Bishop John Harvey Taylor issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement that the Episcopal Church's Court of Review for Bishops has denied Bishop J. Jon Bruno's appeal of a three-year suspension of ministry, imposed by a disciplinary panel after a three-day hearing in March 2017. A link to a report from the Episcopal News Service follows Bishop Taylor’s statement.

"I give thanks that the decision by the Court of Review brings to an end the official narrative of these difficult years for the Diocese of Los Angeles, Jon and Mary Bruno and their family and colleagues, and the people of St. James Episcopal Church.

"But our reconciliation narrative is still being written. With the healing phase coming up soon, we will have ample opportunity to share our feelings with one another, acknowledging pain and brokenness and encouraging healing.

"Let us pray in the name of Christ for all who have been hurt in this conflict. Let us envision together a diocesan community of renewed collaboration and cooperation, of restored relationship and mutual care. Let us commit ourselves to the spirit of unity amid difference and to rebuilding sturdy bonds of affection that will again enable our church to show a better way forward to a polarizing world.

"The Rt. Rev. John Harvey Taylor
Bishop of Los Angeles"

An Episcopal News Service report on the decision is here.