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Lower Court Judge in South Carolina Issues Ruling Contrary to SC Supreme Court

From the Diocese of South Carolina:

South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Edgar Dickson, tasked in November 2017 by the South Carolina Supreme Court (SCSC) with a remittitur to enforce the final judgment of the SCSC which ruled in August 2017 that the diocesan property and 29 parishes should be returned to the parties affiliated with The Episcopal Church, issued an Order earlier today that seems to be contrary to that decision. In his Order, he ruled that the properties […]

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Response filed in U.S. Supreme Court by The Episcopal Church in South Carolina

The U.S. Supreme Court receives thousands of petitions for certioriai each year, and hears only a small fraction of them. The nine justices regularly hold conferences to determine which cases merit further review, and a decision on the South Carolina petition is expected to come before the end of June. If the court chooses not to grant certiorari, no further appeals are possible.

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News from the courts in South Carolina

The Episcopal Church in South Carolina reports on the latest developments in court cases that have been ongoing since the diocese was split by the separation of Bishop Mark Lawrence and fifty-four local parishes from the Episcopal Church in 2012.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Gergel has granted motions to expand a federal false-advertising and trademark infringement lawsuit against the bishop of a group that left The Episcopal Church, adding as defendants the breakaway organization and parishes that followed […]

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Breakaway Diocese of South Carolina petitions US Supreme Court

According to the state Supreme Court ruling, the disassociated Diocese of South Carolina would have to relinquish 29 church buildings. But that diocese’s 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.

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Beginning today, South Carolina Supreme Court to hear appeal in diocese split

The Charlotte Observer reports that arguments over the conservative Diocese of South Carolina’s 2012 split from the Episcopal Church will continue in the state Supreme Court this week following an appeal from The Episcopal Church and 40 parishes in South Carolina that remained with TEC, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. After the diocese sued “to protect its identity, the symbols it uses such as the diocesan seal and $500 million in church property,”

Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein, who presided at […]

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Editorial: Questions for the Bishop-Elect

From time to time we will publish letters from our readers responding to articles posted at the Cafe. In today’s letter John Chilton responds to our story on the episcopal election in the diocese of Dallas with an eye on previous elections in “conservative” dioceses with some thoughtful questions for those needing to give consent.

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Faithful South Carolina diocese’s appeal taken by state supreme court

The South Carolina Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to hear the appeal of the Episcopal Diocese in South Carolina, the faithful diocese. This is the second heartening piece of news for the diocese. Two weeks ago the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals remanded a case to the U.S. District Court in Charleston; the district judge had refused to hear that case brought by the faithful diocese until the state case ran its course.

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