Officials of the Diocese of South Carolina said Friday that they filed a lawsuit against The Episcopal Church, saying it needs to protect its property from the national body.
A statement from the diocese said the lawsuit was filed in South Carolina Circuit Court. It also seeks to prevent The Episcopal Church from infringing on the protected marks of the Diocese, including its seal and its historical names.
"The Episcopal Church has every right to have a presence in the area served by our Diocese - but it does not have a right to use our identity. The Episcopal Church must create a new entity," the Rev. Jim Lewis said in a statement.
Spokesman Neva Rae Fox said Friday that The Episcopal Church has not received the lawsuit and cannot comment.
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