Friday, August 30, 2019

Holy Comforter priest: Betterments is a 'Plan B'

From South Carolina-

A circuit court judge's ruling this week that a state church district of about 50 congregations would still have the right to compensation for improvements it made to parishes, even if it lost property ownership to a national church group, is a good "Plan B option," according to a local priest.

The Rev. Marcus Kaiser, rector of Church of the Holy Comforter, 213 N. Main St., spoke Thursday about various scenarios that could play out in a back-and-forth legal case between the state diocese that his parish is part of and the national Episcopal Church.

The Diocese of South Carolina split from the national church group in 2012 because of theological concerns and is now part of The Anglican Church in North America.

Since 2013, the Episcopal Church has said that 28 parishes' property from the breakaway group in the state belong to it, pointing to an imposed trust from 1979. Two parishes in Sumter County - Church of the Holy Comforter and The Church of the Holy Cross in Stateburg - are part of the diocese in the legal battle.

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