Bishop Michael Pryse (ELCIC) has expressed his concern, in the wake of the abortive election of a priest at Agricola, Toronto. As published at the website of Agricola the bishop notes that it seems evident that self-appointed leaders have contacted potential candidates, have engaged in campaigning and even sought to influence the bishop and his staff in an attempt to compromise due process. -Even worse,says Pryse, slanderous mistruths concerning the character of potential candidates
have been deliberately communicated to congregational members. -Such behaviour is
reprehensible and unbecoming of a Christian assembly, Pryse says.