Episcopal priest quits after Druid embrace

William Melnyk repents and recants
One member of an Episcopal clergy couple who came under fire for embracing pagan worship has recanted and resigned his Pennsylvania pulpit, while his wife also apologized but expects to keep her job.

William Melnyk, known in pagan circles as “OakWyse,” resigned as rector of St. James’ Church in Downingtown after begging “for the mercy of the church and of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The resignation was a “mutual decision” between Melnyk and parish leaders and was accepted November 6, said Jeffrey Brodeur, a spokesman for Bishop Charles Bennison of Philadelphia. In a letter to Bennison, Melnyk also resigned as a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.

“I was wrong,” Melnyk wrote to Bennison. “I repent and recant without qualification anything and everything I may have said or done which is found to be in conflict with the baptismal covenant and the historical creeds of the church.”

 

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