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Accusers of SC Episcopal bishop could be known

By BRUCE SMITH
Associated Press Writer

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Diocese of South Carolina says its bishop is being investigated as to whether he has abandoned the Episcopal church in a process that doesn't allow him to know his accusers.

But the head of an Episcopal disciplinary committee says those names will be made known to Bishop Mark Lawrence if the panel decides abandonment has occurred.

Lawrence was recently contacted by the church's Disciplinary Board for Bishops. He was told that, based on information from churchgoers in the diocese, it is investigating whether he has abandoned the doctrine, discipline and worship of the church.

Bishop Dorsey Henderson, the president of the disciplinary board, said if the panel decides there was abandonment, Lawrence can respond and has the right to know the names of those who brought forward the information.

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