By David W. Virtue

A portion of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church’s official biography has been deleted from Wikipedia. It was removed in February.

An 815 staff person with the e-mail handle “Matisse412” who made the changes stated, “I work in the Communication Office at the Episcopal Church Center and the edits were made per Bishop Jefferts Schori’s suggestion.”

When VOL inquired as to why the changes were made, a spokesperson in the communications office told VOL, “Yes it was changed. The information was incorrect and it was changed. We were not about to have inaccurate info there.”

When asked who Matisse-412 is, the source responded, “I prefer not to name who that is…It is correcting items that are wrong.”

The offending section of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church’s reads thus:

“It was later discovered that the information provided by the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop described in its summary of her career the position of Dean of the “Good Samaritan School of Theology” in Corvallis, Oregon, from 1994–2000,Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop, [ “Profiles of Nominees for the Office of Presiding Bishop”] though there is no school of theology with this name, nor any corresponding school of theology in Corvallis. The Presiding Bishop later described the choice of these words for her profile as having been motivated by her having been in charge of the “then-rector’s term for all adult education programs” of the church where she had been a pastoral associate.[ “New top Episcopal bishop challenged on her resume”], World Net Daily”

In July 2006, VOL first broke the story raising troubling questions about PB Elect Katharine Jefferts Schori’s ministry.

An investigation into the background and credentials of incoming Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori listed her major qualifications as: Pastoral Associate and Dean, Good Samaritan School of Theology Corvallis, OR, (six years) and Priest-in Charge, Good Samaritan, Corvallis, OR.

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