“Lutheran Panel Reinstates Pastor After Post-9/11 Interfaith Service”

The New York Times – Archives
May 13, 2003


A Lutheran pastor who was suspended by his church for praying publicly at Yankee Stadium with clergymen of other faiths after the September 2001 terrorist attacks has been reinstated by a church panel.

In an order dated April 10 and released yesterday, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s dispute resolution panel cleared the Rev. David H. Benke, the New York leader for the conservative Protestant denomination. Pastor Benke holds a position that is the Lutheran equivalent of bishop, and his suspension followed his appearance at an interfaith service 12 days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with a Muslim imam, a rabbi, Cardinal Edward M. Egan, and Sikh and Hindu holy men.

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