Monday, September 21, 2015

Legal issues in Episcopal split going to S.C. Supreme Court

From South Carolina-

South Carolina's highest court this week hears arguments in the legal fight stemming from the acrimonious split in the Episcopal Church in eastern South Carolina.

The conservative Diocese of South Carolina, dating to 1785 and one of the original dioceses that joined to form the Episcopal Church, left the national church in 2012 amid differences over theological issues, including the authority of Scripture and the ordination of gays.

The diocese then sued to protect its identity, the symbols it uses such as the diocesan seal and $500 million in church property.

Parishes in the region that didn't leave the national church are in a diocese now known as The Episcopal Church in South Carolina.

Circuit Judge Diane Goodstein, who presided at a three-week trial in Dorchester County in 2014, ruled earlier this year in favor of the diocese that left in a decision that said the diocese owns its name, symbols and property.

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