Horn Ordination Postponed Due to Extreme Weather Conditions
Written by SCDiosAdministrator
Due to flooding and dangerous driving conditions the Rev. Martha Horn’s ordination to the priesthood, which was scheduled for this afternoon (October 3), has been postponed until next Saturday, October 10 at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s, Hilton Head. If you know of others who were intending to attend, but who may not be aware of the postponment, please let them know.
Diocese of South Carolina Defends Its Property Against Another Episcopal Church Appeal
Written by SCDiosAdministrator
Diocese argues to South Carolina Supreme Court that a lower court decision dismissing outside claims on local church property is consistent with state law and constitutional precedent.
COLUMBIA, SC (Sept. 23, 2015) – The Diocese of South Carolina today argued to the state Supreme Court that a judge’s February ruling that the Episcopal Church (TEC) has “no legal, equitable or beneficial interest” in the Diocese’s properties was correct and consistent with South Carolina law.
The argument came as the Diocese defended against the latest appeal by TEC, which seeks to seize local property. The denomination’s filings seek control of the Diocese’s 314-acre St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center, the Diocese’s historic identity, its accounts and the properties of 50 congregations that joined the Diocese in disassociating from the denomination in 2012.
During today's appeal hearing, the Diocese and TEC would normally have had 20 minutes to present respective arguments, however due to the number of questions, more time was taken because of the vigorous debate.
Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg, who heads TECSC, has repeatedly alleged that the property and identity of the Diocese of South Carolina actually belongs to the Episcopal Church and was wrongfully taken by Bishop Mark Lawrence, who heads the Diocese which left TEC in 2012.
Federal District Judge C. Weston Houck originally dismissed vonRosenberg’s claim in 2013, recognizing that the essential issues of the Diocese’s identity would be resolved by the South Carolina courts. Last February, South Carolina Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein ruled the Diocese of South Carolina was, in fact, free to leave the denomination and keep its property and assets. TEC appealed that decision and the appeal will be heard by the South Carolina Supreme Court on Sept. 23.
Prayers Requested for South Carolina Supreme Court Hearing, September 23, 2015
Written by The Rev. Canon Jim Lewis
On Wednesday, September 23rd, at 10:30 a.m., the Diocese of South Carolina will enter into oral arguments before the South Carolina Supreme Court. The Court has agreed to hear TEC’s appeal of the trial court ruling in our favor that was announced by Judge Goodstein on February 3rd of this year. In that order, Judge Goodstein ruled that the Diocese and its parishes:
• Are the owners of their real, personal and intellectual property. • TEC has no legal, beneficial or equitable interest in any of those properties. • TEC and its officers and agents were permanently enjoined from using our names or symbols. • All the TEC counterclaims in the trial were dismissed with prejudice.