The Charleston Post & Courier reports that the breakaway Diocese of South Carolina has petitioned the US Supreme Court.
The disassociated Diocese of South Carolina, which left The Episcopal Church in 2012 and sued to retain its name and property, lost its battle in the state courts in August last year when the Supreme Court issued a set of five opinions that, overall, favored The Episcopal Church and its remaining diocese.
According to that ruling, the disassociated diocese would have to relinquish 29 church buildings. (A separate federal case will determine the fate of intellectual property.)
But Diocese of South Carolina officials soon indicated they would petition the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to overturn the state court decision, and on Friday, Feb. 9, that’s just what they did.
In its petition the breakaway diocese asserts,
The loyal diocese — known as the Episcopal Church in South Carolina pending the outcome of the federal case involving intellectual property — links to the breakaway’s SCOTUS filing on its legal news page. That diocese has 30 days to file a response although can also file for a 30 day extension. The petitioner may file a reply. Of the many petitions to the Supreme Court each year, few are accepted for hearing by the Court.