Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bishop: Episcopal Church has no specific law against breakaway dioceses

From South Carolina-

A past president of southeastern Episcopal bishops testified Friday in an ongoing civil trial that he wasn't aware of church law that says an individual diocese cannot leave the national Episcopal Church.

The statement drew excitement from local parishes who left The Episcopal Church in 2012 and then sued it to retain more than $500 million in church property along with the names and marks of the local diocese.

Led by Bishop Mark Lawrence, the breakaway group contends the formally called Protestant Episcopal Diocese in South Carolina existed befor
e the national church and has the right to leave and remain an independent body as it chooses.

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