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Charges against LCMS president fail

Gerald Kieschnick, president of the Lutheran Church­Missouri Synod, won't be ousted or disciplined for allegedly breaking denominational law after he gave approval for Atlantic District President David Benke to pray at a Sept. 23 interfaith event at Yankee Stadium. Kieschnick also was charged for praying with ELCA members and pastors, including then ELCA Presiding Bishop H. George Anderson at a Sept. 18 service in Manhattan.

The charges, brought by two pastors, originally were referred to James Kalthoff, president of the Missouri District, where Kieschnick is on the roster. A five-member commission on constitutional matters ruled Dec. 9 that only the LCMS national convention "has the right to call the president of the synod to account and to determine the continuation of his roster status."



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