Reporting Clergy Misconduct

The Diocese of Ohio is committed to preventing clergy misconduct, and to responding with justice and compassion when misconduct occurs. The diocese and The Episcopal Church recognize that responding to allegations of misconduct requires determination, sensitivity, and respect for all persons affected, including the person reporting an offense, the clergy member who is the subject of the report, their families and friends, the congregation(s) involved, and the whole diocese.

Title IV of the Canons of The Episcopal Church governs the handling of clergy misconduct. Title IV lists the following as offenses when they are “material and substantial or of clear and weighty importance to the ministry of the Church”:

  • any act of sexual misconduct;
  • holding and teaching any doctrine contrary to that held by the Church;
  • any criminal act that reflects adversely on the member of the clergy’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a minister of the Church;
  • conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation;
  • habitual neglect of the exercise of the ministerial office without cause; and
  • any conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy.

The diocese has designated an Intake Officer to confidentially receive complaints regarding clergy misconduct and to make a determination as to whether the information in a complaint might constitute an offense under Title IV.

Anyone can report information concerning an offense by a member of the clergy. You can make a report by phone, email, or letter. A report can be made anonymously if you choose.

If you wish to give information regarding an offense of a member of the clergy in this diocese, contact the Diocese of Ohio Intake Officer:

William F. B. Vodrey
Phone:  216-385-8511
Confidential Email:  intakeofficer@dohio.org
2230 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH  44115-2499

You will receive a response to your inquiry within 48 hours.

The Intake Officer must write an intake report about your complaint, and must determine whether the information reported, if true, would constitute an offense. If so, the Intake Officer must follow the steps spelled out in Title IV to assure that the matter is addressed promptly and properly.

For additional information, contact:

William A. Powel, III, Canon to the Ordinary:
Phone:  216-774-0449
Email:  wpowel@dohio.org
2230 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH  44115-2499

Additional information can be found in Title III. Canons Relating to Dispute Resolution and Discipline:  Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio (pp. 29 – 32)