Thursday, April 17, 2003

Ky. Episcopal leader resigns

The Associated Press

LEXINGTON - A high-ranking official in the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington has resigned and turned over church financial records after "possible improprieties" were discovered, Bishop Stacy F. Sauls said.

The diocese has launched an investigation. No charges have been filed.

The Rev. Christopher B. Platt, 55, served as "canon to the ordinary" - and was essentially second-in-command behind Sauls. As the top assistant, Platt was able to sign checks for the bishop's discretionary account. Platt also served as an Episcopal chaplain at the University of Kentucky.

In a letter to the diocese's 10,000 Episcopalians, Sauls said a new diocesan administrator discovered "possible improprieties" last month while reviewing the records of the bishop's discretionary account.

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