Ecclesiastical charges filed against Chicago's Methodist bishop

Posted: Friday, July 14, 2000

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) -- A lawyer and conservative lay member of the United Methodist Church, John Juergensmeyer, has filed ecclesiastical charges against Chicago Bishop C. Joseph Sprague.

One charge accuses Sprague of promoting writings about Jesus Christ that Juergensmeyer says violate church doctrine.

Sprague is also charged with joining a pro-gay protest that disrupted the church's national conference in May, with using church funds to promote homosexuality and with neglecting proper church administration.

A spokesman for Sprague declined to comment on the proceedings, saying they are confidential.

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