Friday, April 12, 2013

SC Episcopal groups argue over where lawsuit heard

From South Carolina-

Episcopal churches separated by a schism in eastern South Carolina are facing off in court over a half billion dollars in church property, the diocesan seal and use of the diocesan name. But first attorneys are arguing over which court should hear the matter.

The conservative Diocese of South Carolina split with the more liberal national Episcopal Church last year over a variety of theological issues.

It sued in state court in Dorchester County early this year seeking to protect the property of the now 37 plaintiffs, which include parishes throughout the eastern and lower part of the state.

A state judge in January issued a temporary restraining order barring anyone but the diocese from using the diocesan name and seal.

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