Saturday, May 12, 2018

TECSC asks courts to return property, identity

From Episcopal Cafe (with links)

The Episcopal Church and The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC) have petitioned the 1st Circuit Court of Common Pleas to execute the state Supreme Court’s decision and return church properties to the Episcopal Church.

The petition, filed Monday in Dorchester County, also asks the court to appoint a Special Master to oversee an “orderly and expeditious resolution” of the issues.

In August 2017, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that property currently being controlled by a breakaway group under Bishop Mark Lawrence actually is held in trust for The Episcopal Church and its local diocese, TECSC. The decision affects all diocesan property of the Diocese of South Carolina, including Camp St. Christopher, as well as the property of 28 parishes.

In a separate but related case, TECSC also filed in the U.S. District Court in Charleston today, asking the court to resolve trademark and false-advertising issues involving the identity of the diocese.
TECSC’s ultimate goal in both courts is to bring a final resolution to five years of legal disputes over church property and identity, and begin the work necessary to heal and reunify the diocese.

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