Charges Were Dismissed
You would think a journalist or the editor of a newspaper would be familiar with the definition of the word “absolved. “Apparently not, or it would not have been used in the title of an article announcing that the charges against Bro. Tom Trager were DISMISSED!!! Since you apparently don’t know the definition, I will post it here: Absolve: 1) to set free from an obligation or the consequences of guilt. 2) To pardon or remit (a sin).
Your title suggests that Bro. Tom was forgiven for a sin. However, that was not the case. After a thorough investigation lasting 6 months, there were no grounds to proceed in charging Bro. Tom with a crime because there was absolutely no evidence to sustain a finding of a crime committed, so therefore the charges were DISMISSED!!!
We, who know Bro. Tom, knew all along that would be the outcome. It’s just a shame that St. John’s had to manage without him for 6 months (no small feat) and he had to leave the place he loved and where he lived and worked for over 40 years, in which, by the way, there had never been any previous such allegations made against him.