Local Newspaper Article on the Diocese of South Carolina Convention

Posted by Kendall Harmon

An unhappy convergence of theology, morality and church policy has led to a collision with the leadership of the Episcopal Church, [Mark Lawrence]...said.

“We move on. Those who are not with us, you may go in peace, your properties intact. Those who have yet to decide, we give you what time you need. Persuasion is almost always the preferable policy, not coercion.”

Delegates at the convention voted overwhelmingly to pass three resolutions, the first affirming that ties with the Episcopal Church are severed, the second and third amending the constitution and canons to reflect local autonomy.

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)TEC ConflictsTEC Conflicts: South CarolinaTEC Diocesan Conventions/Diocesan Councils* South Carolina* TheologyEcclesiology

Posted November 18, 2012 at 6:38 am

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1. Ralph wrote:

How shameful it is that the TEC leadership will try to force this disagreement to be settled in the secular courts. The litigation will take years, and I suspect that TEC will ultimately lose.

I’ll bet the TEC lawyers will be visiting their local Bentley dealers next week. Time for an upgrade. The Continental GT Convertible is so sporty. I can hear them now, “Oh, of COURSE, Mrs. Schori. Yes, we can certainly win this for you. But, it’s going to be very, very expensive.”

The lawyers (and the Bentley dealers) will be the only winners.

November 18, 4:20 pm | [comment link]
2. MichaelA wrote:

“To Skardon, who maintains a website devoted to the politics in the local diocese, the legal and administrative posturing is “all about property”.”

Yet another foolish minion of TEC.  What are you going to do Mr Skardon - sue for the properties?  That has already been tried in a dozen other states, and accomplished nothing.  At best, you will be left with empty buildings, which you then don’t have the income to maintain.  In the meantime, you will have spent millions on legal fees (no doubt raiding irreplaceable and finite trust funds of TEC to do so) and focussed public attention on the claims of the dissidents.

One thing that has been conclusively proved over the last few years - property litigation does NOT bring back the people.  Faithful congregations can worship anywhere if they have to, and they can also replace money spent on legal action, because they have income, whereas the remaining rump does not.

But hey, why should I care.  Keep being stupid… it all advances the cause of the real Gospel, and brings the day of TEC’s bankruptcy that much closer.

November 19, 2:19 am | [comment link]

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