Episcopalians cancel consecration of new bishop

Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2000

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta diocese of the Episcopal Church canceled the consecration of its new bishop on short notice, citing ''very recent discoveries of lack of disclosure in personal financial and family matters.''

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said the Rev. Robert Trache and his wife filed for personal bankruptcy in a Virginia federal court Jan. 20.

The Rev. Richard Callaway, head of the diocesan standing committee, told the newspaper the issue was not so much the couple's problems as ''how they handled the decisions they made and how they were disclosed to the body of the faithful.''

Trache was in Atlanta when the cancellation occurred but issued no comment.

The priest, who was also a candidate for bishop of Michigan last year, was formerly rector of St. James' Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va.

Episcopal News Service said Trache would not be returning to the Richmond parish, which has already begun the search process for a new rector.

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