Saturday, August 5, 2017

Episcopal Church schism enters new chapter of uncertainty after court ruling

From South Carolina. (Post and Courier)

In the aftermath of the S.C. Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday on the dispute between The Episcopal Church and a breakaway diocese, many parishioners, clergy and others with a vested interest in Anglican life are wondering when — or whether — another exodus will occur.

The court decided in a set of five distinct opinions that most of the church buildings in the Diocese of South Carolina, as well as Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island, belong to The Episcopal Church. These properties include historic parishes such as St. Michael’s and St. Philip’s downtown, Old St. Andrew’s in West Ashley and Christ Church in Mount Pleasant, as well as buildings in Beaufort, Edisto, Summerville, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, Florence and elsewhere in the coastal half of the state.

The Diocese of South Carolina under the leadership of Bishop Mark Lawrence was granted an extension on Friday for filing a request for a rehearing, giving lawyers 30 days to submit their petition with the S.C. Supreme Court.

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