Bishop Kelly's last e-mail

Subject: RE: doctorate
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2000 17:44:11 -0600
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To: "purnhrt" <>

Ms. Olenick:

The other Bishop is our Presiding Bishop, Bishop Willard Schultz.  He is
currently on a very needed vacation.  I will ask him to contact you with
anything pertinent in the future.

Mr. Trimm did not mention where the seminary was located.  Bishop DeCordova
was in New Mexico and Texas during the mid-1990's.  His Diocese included
much of the central US including those states.  We are very small, and some
folks like big territories to make themselves feel important.

As to licensing, your information is correct so far as I know.
Accreditation is an assessment from an organization (there are several
regional organizations that do this) approved by the US Department of
Education.  It is an assessment of academic value.  Licensing is granted by
the several states and authorizes the granting of academic degrees.  An
institution may be licensed but not accredited (it may be a fine educational
institute but nor meet all the criteria for accediation).

It is possible that some states do not license schools to grant degrees or
exempt seminaries from licensure, but I do not believe that is the case.  I
could be wrong.  Your own research would be beneficial.

Schools may, of course, educate without granting degrees.  Many do.

The school in question was licit in that Bishop DeCordova had the authority
by virtue of his status as diocesan bishop to educate candidates for the
clergy.  Anything he offered beyond that was a matter between himself and
the authorities.

I cannot, at this point, comment further on Mr. Trimm's status.  I have not
seen his credentials and so cannot make any assessment of his status
whatsoever.  The only thing that I can say for certain is that Bishop
DeCordova was once a bishop of CACINA.  At this point, everything else I
might say beyond that would be speculation.

Good Luck

Bishop Kelly