(AP) Judge makes order permanent in SC Episcopal schism

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Circuit Court Judge Diane Goodstein issued a permanent injunction Thursday ruling only churches that left The Episcopal Church last year may use the name the Diocese of South Carolina.

The use of the name and the diocesan seal has been in dispute since parishes in the eastern and lower part of the state left the national church in a dispute over the ordination of gays and other issues.

Following the split with the national church, the Diocese of South Carolina sued, seeking not only to protect its name but also a half-billion of church property it says belongs to the diocese, not the national church.

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Posted February 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm

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1. Cennydd13 wrote:

“Permanent Injunction?”  Are you sure, Dr Harmon?  Just this morning, I read that it is a “Temporary Injunction.”  Can someone clarify this, please?

February 1, 7:30 pm | [comment link]
2. BrianInDioSpfd wrote:

See Anglican Curmudgeon for an explanation of the legal technicalities.

February 1, 8:08 pm | [comment link]
3. Cennydd13 wrote:

It therefore appears that this injunction is temporary.  One can hope that it will be permanent.

February 1, 8:37 pm | [comment link]
4. SC blu cat lady wrote:

Cennydd, The word used in South Carolina is confusing as Mr. Haley, The Curmudgeon points out. This injunction will last through the litigation. That much has been made clear. Whatever you want to call it…... sounds like a good start to me.

February 1, 11:57 pm | [comment link]
5. Cennydd13 wrote:

You’re right….it is a good start, of course.  I’m not an attorney, but I think that the imposition of this injunction cannot help but to damage Schori’s efforts at litigation, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there were thoughts of a settlement sometime soon.  It seems to me, too, that this injunction does not bode well for her chances of succeeding in any future lawsuits, given that it could have an adverse effect for TEC on the outcome of any such litigation…..although that’s not guaranteed.

February 2, 1:26 pm | [comment link]


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