Priest suspended after allegedly copying sermons


SANDWICH, Mass. (AP) - A Cape Cod Episcopal priest has been suspended for allegedly plagiarizing more than a dozen sermons verbatim from a book.

The Cape Cod Times reports ( that the Rev. John McGinn of St. John's Episcopal Church in Sandwich is accused of copying as many as 15 sermons from the book "Dynamic Preaching."

Members of the church learned about the alleged breach in a May 9 letter from Bishop M. Thomas Shaw of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

Shaw wrote that plagiarism allegations arose against McGinn a year ago and that McGinn continued to copy sermons after vowing not to.

The 65-year-old McGinn didn't comment on the allegations, but told the Times he was going to retire. He said he loved his time at the parish and thought he did a good job.


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