Incoherence: Non-Licensed “Episcopalian Priest” & Assisting “Priest” at AMiA Church Charged
UPDATED AT END
Over on News13 we have this story:
An Orlando teacher and Episcopalian priest is out of a job after investigators arrested him for traveling to meet what he thought was a minor for sex.
According to Orange County investigators, Brian Shriner sparked up a conversation in May with an undercover Orange County Sheriff’s detective posing as a minor online.
They agreed to meet up Friday morning in Winter Springs. But when Shriner showed up, he was arrested.
Investigators said Shriner was a teacher at The Geneva School in Orlando and assists as a priest at New Covenant Anglican Church in Winter Springs.
This is deeply tragic if the allegations are true—but sin is ever present in every human being and so it should not be surprising. If the allegations are true, I am most sad for any victims he may have harmed in the past, and for his family, who must be both devastated and confused.
But I can’t help but point out a . . . “logistical” challenge.
It is asserted that Brian Shriner is an “Episcopalian [sic] priest” and indeed he is still listed in the online clergy directory as a priest with canonical residence in the Diocese of Central Florida.
But the parish of New Covenant is an AMiA church [please note that during the dissolution of that denomination I’m using the old designation of “AMiA” since there are just too many acronyms to follow.] It *appears* that New Covenant has chosen to go with the Murphy denomination, rather than PEARUSA but I can’t be certain of that.
Further, the Diocese of Central Florida has issued a statement which does not clarify much—I’m excerpting a key line:
“The priest, Brian Gerald Shriner, has not been licensed by the Diocese of Central Florida since June 2010.”
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. . . Years ago, I was informed by several Episcopalians that some departing AMiA clergy had worked out deals with TEC bishops to remain on the pension and sometimes on occasion even health insurance rolls of TEC [that is, still contributing as TEC clergy] as they sailed grandly off into the sunset to “plant parishes” within the same geography in which they had formerly acted as TEC clergy—this while certain AMiA leaders declaimed about the vile persecution of TEC against them as clergy.
The very first thing I thought of as I read the above story and went to various links was of that . . . interesting . . . activity by certain AMiA clergy and TEC bishops that I had been told about some years ago. At the time, it had shocked me—but then, I was young and foolish.
UPDATE: His bio has been taken off the school web page . . . but here’s the cache of the old staff page:
And here’s the bio:
Brian Shriner currently teaches rhetoric students in Western Civilization, Greek, and AP English Literature. In addition, he teaches Greek to our third grade students. Mr. Shriner studied at Florida Southern College, where he earned a B.A. in English, and at Trinity Seminary in Pittsburgh, where he earned an M.Div. He has 14 years of teaching experience in schools and is an ordained priest in the Episcopal/Anglican church with 13 years of experience working with families in the church. He joined the Geneva faculty in 2005.
But oddly, he is also listed as the registered agent for a “Christ the King Anglican” church in Winter Springs, Florida—a church that was first registered in December 2010. There are other listings of Christ the King and Shriner’s connection as well.
The Diocese of Central Florida does not have a parish in Casselberry. And its only “Christ the King” parish is in Orlando.
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