Thursday, April 2, 2015

4th Circuit sends Episcopalians’ federal lawsuit back to a local district judge

From South Carolina-

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of a bishop leading parishes loyal to The Episcopal Church in a feud between men who both claim to be rightful leader of the Diocese of South Carolina.

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a federal judge erred in putting a lawsuit between the bishops on hold while a separate case involving the same church schism winds through the state courts.

The appellate court ruled that a district judge only can stay certain cases in “exceptional” circumstances and sent the case back to a Charleston district court, breathing new hopes into local Episcopalians who want to see Bishop Charles vonRosenberg declared rightful leader of the diocese.

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