"A woman who claims a priest in the diocese of Fredericton tried to kill her is suing him, the Anglican Church of Canada, the diocese of Fredericton and the Corporation of the Anglican Parish of St. Stephen (Christ Church Anglican), in St. Stephen, N.B. Cynthia Mae Moore claims that she and the Rev. William Morton, who was rector of the Anglican Parish of St. Stephen, had an extra-marital affair between February 2012 and December 2015". "On October 25, 2016, Morton was convicted on two counts of assault with a weapon in relation to these incidents and received two 15-month conditional sentences, to be served concurrently, and was ordered to pay a victim fine surcharge of $100 for each offence". "The statement of claim also alleges that Moore suffers ongoing psychological injury from the incidents, including PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and suicidal ideation, and has been unable to work". "The suit names the Anglican Parish of St. Stephen, the diocese of Fredericton and the Anglican Church of Canada as 'vicariously liable' for Morton's actions, claiming 'it was or ought to have been aware' of Morton's alcohol abuse". "Morton is listed as 'clergy on leave' in the diocese's church directory".
"An Ontario priest who opened up to his congregation last winter about his past struggles with alcoholism and depression says clergy might be more effective if they worry less about trying to seem flawless. 'We need to talk about our struggles', says the Rev. Matthew Martin, priest at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Lucan, Ont., diocese of Huron. 'If we do have something that we've been able to go through and overcome, then we need to be able to share that and not worry so much that we don't portray an image of perfection'. Many people -- especially, perhaps, since a CBC [Canadian Broadcasting Corporation] profile last November  -- now Martini for his impersonations of Elvis Presley, replete with sequined jumpsuit and pompadour" (p. 1). "Alcohol addiction eventually led him to absolute despair" (p. 4). Martin described the moment, in hospital, when 'God's grace washed over me' ... Since that time, Martin says in an interview, he has not touched alcohol. And although he had already begun reading and studying the Bible, he says, it was from that moment that he felt with certainty he was called to be a priest" (p. 4).
"I am writing in appreciation for the article in the 'Anglican Journal' about the Rev. Matthew Martin's struggles with alcohol, 'Clergy should show their wounds, says priest who opened up about past alcoholism' (Oct. 2018, p. 1). As we priests show our vulnerability, so we will help give others the courage to show theirs. None of us is perfect. Jesus came for the imperfect. He also suffered himself, allowing himself to be vulnerable, so that we may know that he is with us in our vulnerability. I write as one who struggles with addiction. My father suffered from alcoholism to cover his pain. I take part in Al-Anon meetings, which are of great benefit to me".
"Canon Nancy Ford, deacon to the city at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, B.C., was well-acquainted with the concept of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) thanks to years of working as a counsellor" (p. 6). "For about the past five years, the cathedral has been offering an answer to this question through a weekly Twelve Step Recovery Eucharist" (p. 6). "Inspired to create a bridge between church and recovery communities, Ford developed the liturgy for the Twelve Step Eucharist, collaborating with Anglican priest and psychologist Martin Brokenleg. She also consulted with then-Christ Church Cathedral dean Logan McMenamie (now bishop of the diocese of British Columbia) and current cathedral dean Ansley Tucker" (p. 6) "The liturgy also differs from a traditional Eucharist in that instead of a homily, there is a time for discussion and conversation, which Ford says often leads to some quite deep theological reflection. Ford notes that whoever is presiding each week makes clear that 'to receive communion in one kind is to receive it in both', a consideration particularly for those in recovery from alcohol use" (p. 6). "Chris Pitman worships at Christ Church Cathedral. He has been in recovery for a few years, with three years of sobriety under his belt. About a year ago, he saw an advertisement in the church for the Twelve Step Eucharist. Serendipitously, around that time a close friend who was going through his own struggles with addiction came to Pitman asking if he could join him at church" (p. 6). "Through connections with a local organization that supports people with substance abuse issues, Ford connected with Taryn Strong, a yoga teacher who now teaches a weekly yoga-for-recovery class at the cathedral after the service. Strong and her mother, Dawn Nickel, are the founders of SheRecovers, a 'recovery and empowerment platform for women'" (p. 7). "The Twelve Step program was created by Alcoholics Anonymous, which was started in the 1930s in Akron, Ohio. The steps have since been adapted for support groups for those in recovery from other substances and abuses" (p. 7).
"This pamphlet was prepared by a committee of laymen and clergy and attempts to raise questions and begin discussion about the use of alcoholic beverages, in the hope that it may be a guide to Anglicans in their behaviour in these matters". -- p. .
Contents: Alcohol ? -- [Text in the form of 20 questions e.g. "What about the use of wine in the Holy Communion ?"] -- Summary -- Resource List [Books, Pamphlets, Films, Organizations].