Overseas news briefs April 11, 2014

The Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) has launched a $120 million dollar campaign to build a technical college outside of Harare. At a dinner held on 2 April 2014 at the Meikles Hotel, Dr. Chad Gandiya the Bishop of Harare, announced the start of a 25-year campaign to build a university for […]

Final arguments presented in San Joaquin case

The legality of the secession of a California diocese from the from the Episcopal Church is in the hands of California Judge Donald Black following  the closing arguments presented to the Fresno Superior Court last week. On 13 Jan 2014 the videotaped testimony of the Rt. Rev. John-David Schofield who presided over the 2007 vote […]

Fort Worth wins

The Texas Supreme Court has nullified the Dennis Canon, holding the Episcopal Church’s property rules have no legal effect in the state. It ruled that church property disputes are to be governed by the “neutral principles of law” doctrine rather than ecclesiastical law. The decision marks the climax of the five year legal battle between […]

Contradictory rulings in US Episcopal property cases

The Episcopal Church’s legal battles over property spawned a number of contradictory rulings and judgments over the past few weeks. A Superior Court in Southern California has ordered a breakaway parish to turn over its property to the diocese of Los Angeles; the Virginia Supreme Court handed down a mixed ruling allowing a breakaway parish […]

TEC hits back in South Carolina

The national Episcopal Church has taken the offensive in South Carolina filing lawsuits in federal court and a counterclaim in state court against the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, its Bishop, clergy and lay leaders. On Maundy Thursday the national church filed an answer to the diocese’s 4 Jan 2013 lawsuit seeking a ban on […]

Breakaway bishop appeals Supreme Court loss

Bishop Elson Jakazi has filed a motion with the Zimbabwe Supreme Court asking it to re-hear his appeal of a lower court ruling that held he was no longer Bishop of Manicaland. Last month a three judge panel of the Zimbabwe Supreme Court heard seven appeals brought by the Church of the Province of Central […]

South Carolina expelled from the Episcopal Church

The Diocese of South Carolina has been pushed out of the Episcopal Church of the USA. The involuntary secession of the 39,000-member diocese comes as charges have been brought against its bishop, the Rt Rev Mark Lawrence for allegedly “abandoning” the communion of the Episcopal Church. On 17 October 2012 a statement printed on the […]

Cash-strapped Canadians coming to the aid of New Westminster

The cash-strapped Diocese of British Columbia has given $100,000 to the Diocese of New Westminster to help pay its expenses in the litigation over breakaway congregations. On 3 August 2012 the Anglican Journal reported that Bishop James Cowan of British Columbia “sent a $100,000 cheque to New Westminster’s bishop, the Rt. Rev. Michael Ingham” to […]

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