Town Heals and Remembers

Synod Leader Sorry for Newtown Pastor Reprimand

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    Residents look on during an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into the elementary school Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak during the vigil. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    The president of a conservative Lutheran group is apologizing for his handling of a conflict within the denomination over a Newtown, Conn., pastor's participation in an interfaith prayer vigil.

    Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod President Matthew Harrison posted a video apology on the synod website Monday. He says his reprimand of the Rev. Rob Morris not only led to criticism of the synod but created more hardship for Morris and his Christ the King Lutheran Church congregation.

    Morris offered the benediction at a Dec. 16 service with other religious leaders who gathered on behalf of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod constitution bars clergy from praying with representatives from other religions.

    Morris says that while the topic is a difficult one, all parties have reconciled.