In ACNA abuse case, mother of an alleged victim says she paid a price for coming forward


(RNS) — When Cherin Marie joined Christ Our Light Anglican Church in Big Rock, Illinois, in 2013, she trusted that the community of a few dozen — many of whom were family members, longtime church friends or neighbors — would care for her and her kids. Her great uncle, the Rev. Rand York, was the … Read more

Abuse prevention advocates want input into ACNA investigation of bishop


(RNS) — A group of abuse prevention advocates believes there are serious questions about the future of a prominent Anglican bishop accused of mishandling abuse allegations.  Bishop Stewart Ruch III of the Upper Midwest Diocese in the Anglican Church in North America announced recently that he was taking a leave of absence after he admitted … Read more

ACNA leaders to take over abuse investigation in Upper Midwest diocese


(RNS) — A group of leaders from the Anglican Church in North America will take over an investigation into alleged abuse at an ACNA church in Illinois. Mark Rivera, a former lay leader at Christ Our Light Anglican, an ACNA startup congregation in Big Rock, Illinois, west of Chicago, has been charged with felony child … Read more

Prominent Anglican bishop takes leave of absence amid ongoing accusations of mishandling abuse allegations


The Anglican Church in North America logo. Courtesy image (RNS) — A prominent Anglican bishop has announced a leave of absence after admitting he mishandled allegations of abuse.  Bishop Stewart Ruch III of the Anglican Church in North America’s Upper Midwest Diocese had known since 2019 that former lay minister Mark Rivera had been charged … Read more