Countersuit filed in Episcopal dispute

Countersuit filed in Episcopal dispute

There are 5 comments on the The Georgetown Times story from Mar 22, 2013, titled Countersuit filed in Episcopal dispute. In it, The Georgetown Times reports that:

The leader of the local Episcopal Church authority filed suit in federal court last Tuesday against the Rt.

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Since: May 07

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#1 Mar 22, 2013
Intention of suit

While the suit does not address the issue of property directly, the matter of who controls certain church assets could be resolved if a district judge decides in favor of the continuing diocese, according to its press release.
The ownership of individual parish properties possibly would be resolved separately.
“The intention of this suit is straightforward,” vonRosenberg said in a statement.
“We are asking the court to determine who is authorized to serve as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina.”
The continuing diocese is arguing that The Episcopal Church is hierarchical,“governed by a common authority, the General Convention, with regional bodies — dioceses — that are subordinate, and individual parishes and missions that are subordinate to their dioceses.”
The independent diocese defines its church body differently: a diocese is merely a group of parishes and missions functioning under the authority of a bishop.
Four other dioceses have attempted to break away from The Episcopal Church in recent years, as well as several individual parishes.
Over the decades, courts have typically ruled against breakaway groups, affirming the argument that the church is hierarchical and that property is held in trust according to canon law.
There have been exceptions, including one case involving a South Carolina parish, All Saints Church on Pawleys Island in Georgetown County.
The S.C. Supreme Court ruled that the congregation of All Saints could retain its property, citing an unusual deed transfer that occurred more than a century earlier.
The independent diocese now is hoping that precedent will aid it in its fight.

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#2 Mar 22, 2013
MiddleWay wrote:
Intention of suit
While the suit does not address the issue of property directly, the matter of who controls certain church assets could be resolved if a district judge decides in favor of the continuing diocese, according to its press release.
The ownership of individual parish properties possibly would be resolved separately.
“The intention of this suit is straightforward,” vonRosenberg said in a statement.
“We are asking the court to determine who is authorized to serve as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina.”
The continuing diocese is arguing that The Episcopal Church is hierarchical,“governed by a common authority, the General Convention, with regional bodies — dioceses — that are subordinate, and individual parishes and missions that are subordinate to their dioceses.”
The independent diocese defines its church body differently: a diocese is merely a group of parishes and missions functioning under the authority of a bishop.
Four other dioceses have attempted to break away from The Episcopal Church in recent years, as well as several individual parishes.
Over the decades, courts have typically ruled against breakaway groups, affirming the argument that the church is hierarchical and that property is held in trust according to canon law.
There have been exceptions, including one case involving a South Carolina parish, All Saints Church on Pawleys Island in Georgetown County.
The S.C. Supreme Court ruled that the congregation of All Saints could retain its property, citing an unusual deed transfer that occurred more than a century earlier.
The independent diocese now is hoping that precedent will aid it in its fight.
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#3 Mar 22, 2013
RevKen wrote:
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A process of unfolding enlightenment that lightens the wallets and especially the wallets of those who define their faith in terms of wallet fatness.
...for the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.

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Since: May 07

The Mountain Empire

#4 Mar 22, 2013
Selecia Jones- JAX FL wrote:
<quoted text>...for the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.
Seems to be a matter of pride to me.,,

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#5 Mar 22, 2013
RevKen wrote:
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A process of unfolding enlightenment that lightens the wallets and especially the wallets of those who define their faith in terms of wallet fatness.
LOL!

Unfortunately, too true....

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