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Trial Ends: Highlights from the Trial of the Diocese of SC vs. TEC and TECSC PDF Print E-mail
Plaintiff attorneys prepareBy Joy Hunter, Diocesan Communications Director and Jan S. Pringle, Public Relations Consultant

The three-week trial of the Diocese of South Carolina vs. The Episcopal Church (TEC) and The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC) ended July 25, with Judge Diane S. Goodstein, who presided, telling the parties what she wanted from them to assist in her deliberations.

Attorneys representing the Diocese, the Trustees and the Diocesan churches were given 30 days to create a three-page document describing the testimony given in court which explained the procedures they followed to legally separate from TEC, (such as amending their by-laws, giving notice of meetings, properly taking votes,  etc.) They were then to send those documents to the Court and to TEC and TECSC whose attorneys will have 30 days to respond in a similar fashion.

In essence, the judge’s last words reiterated what she said throughout the trial: The case will be decided on neutral principles of law, which means that the judge must apply the law to this case as it would any other – making no adjustments because it involves a religious organization. TEC and TECSC have opposed the application of neutral principles; essentially arguing that the judge should defer to their view on the issues since they are a religious organization.
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Day 14: Trial Ends with Testimony of Bishop Lawrence PDF Print E-mail

TRIAL ENDS WITH TESTIMONY OF DIOCESE OF 
SOUTH CAROLINA BISHOP LAWRENCE

Bishop Says He Tried to Keep Diocese in TEC – But Denomination Tried to Strip His Authority


Bishop Lawrence on wtiness standST. GEORGE, SC, JULY 25, 2014 – On the 14th and final day of the trial of the Diocese of South Carolina vs. The Episcopal Church and its local subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, the bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina testified that, contrary to TEC’s allegations, he had tried to keep the diocese within the denomination.

The Right Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, 14th bishop of the Diocese of SC, whom TEC supporters have accused of plotting to lead the Diocese out of the denomination, was the only witness called during the final day of the trial.  Diocesan attorneys asked him several questions about TEC’s authority and the process followed to punish him.
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Day 12: Celebrated Expert in Religious History Testifies TEC Holds No Control Over Dioceses PDF Print E-mail

CELEBRATED EXPERT IN RELIGIOUS HISTORY TESTIFIES TEC HOLDS NO CONTROL OR SUPREME AUTHORITY OVER DIOCESES

Rebuttal Witness testifies that the words “Protestant Episcopal Church” preceded the existence of TEC in both England and the United States.


ST. GEORGE, SC, JULY 24, 2014 – On the 13th day of the trial of the Diocese of South Carolina vs. The Episcopal Church and its local subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, a director of The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church testified that the denomination has no supreme control over its dioceses or parishes, countering TEC claims to the contrary.

Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, who is also a professor of history at Gettysburg College, an expert on the history of religious organizations including TEC and the author of 16 books, said that TEC’s authority is “prescriptive,” which means the denomination can advise its dioceses but cannot order them to do anything.
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Day 13: Celebrated Expert in Religious History Testifies TEC Holds No Control Over Dioceses PDF Print E-mail

CELEBRATED EXPERT IN RELIGIOUS HISTORY TESTIFIES TEC HOLDS NO CONTROL OR SUPREME AUTHORITY OVER DIOCESES

Rebuttal Witness testifies that the words “Protestant Episcopal Church” preceded the existence of TEC in both England and the United States.


Day 13 of trial

ST. GEORGE, SC, JULY 24, 2014 – On the 13th day of the trial of the Diocese of South Carolina vs. The Episcopal Church and its local subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, a director of The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church testified that the denomination has no supreme control over its dioceses or parishes, countering TEC claims to the contrary.

Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, who is also a professor of history at Gettysburg College, an expert on the history of religious organizations including TEC and the author of 16 books, said that TEC’s authority is “prescriptive,” which means the denomination can advise its dioceses but cannot order them to do anything.
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Day 12: TEC Uses Bishop vonRosenberg to Claim Dioceses Can't Leave PDF Print E-mail
Court Day 12DAY 12: DIOCESE OF SC v. THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

TEC USES BISHOP vonROSENBERG TO AGAIN CLAIM  “DIOCESES CAN’T LEAVE”

Judge Says, “I Won’t Try that Case. It’s Neutral Principles”


ST. GEORGE, SC, JULY 23, 2014 – On the 12th day of the trial of the Diocese of South Carolina vs. The Episcopal Church and its local subsidiary, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, TEC attorney David Beers attempted to introduce the concept of church hierarchy once again into the trial, ignoring Judge Diane S. Goodstein’s repeated rulings that church hierarchy plays no role in this case.

Beers asked the first provisional bishop of TECSC, Charles vonRosenberg, to tell the court why the Bishop of San Joaquin, Ca., the Rt. Rev. John David Schofield had been removed as bishop of that diocese.

Judge Goodstein said, “It’s not relevant. For this reason: I don’t know what [that] state’s position is regarding the analysis of church disputes. I don’t really care. What I care about is the state of South Carolina. My Supreme Court tells me what I do when I analyze church disputes.’
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