Minister accused of plagiarism apologizes, returns

Posted: Friday, May 03, 2002

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- A minister accused of plagiarism has apologized to his congregation and returned to the pulpit.

The Rev. Edward Mullins, rector of Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, received a standing ovation from church members as he walked down the aisle.

''Let me, as your rector, start this period of reconciliation ... and say I'm sorry,'' Mullins told the congregation last Sunday.

The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan on Feb. 1 barred Mullins from serving or attending Christ Church Cranbrook for 90 days, while investigating complaints from parishioners that included allegations Mullins used others' sermons and articles without attribution.

A Detroit Free Press review of the materials found Mullins sometimes quoted others word for word in church newsletters without citing a source.

Some parishioners felt Mullins' did not properly apologize.

''He still sees himself as the victim,'' said Kay Burt-Willson, who was among those who complained to the diocese.

But Mabel Lloyd, a longtime parishioner, said, ''I'm thrilled to have him back. The vast majority of people want him back. He's a good soul, and he relates well to the congregation.''

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