Monday, December 30, 2013

pecusa loses again in SC courtroom

ST. GEORGE, SC: Judge Finds no Merit Dragging Four Diocese of SC Clergy into Court
For the Second Time, Court Rejects Efforts to Expand Lawsuit

Diocese of South Carolina Release
December 30, 2013

South Carolina Circuit Judge Diane S. Goodstein today denied efforts by The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC) to expand its lawsuit by adding claims against four diocesan officials.

The judge, who had only a few months ago rejected efforts by the national Episcopal Church to drag literally all of the diocese's officers into the suit, said there was no reason to single out the specific members of the clergy for acting consistent with the wishes of the Diocese as approved by literally thousands of members of the diocese.

In November, TECSC had asked the judge to expand its suit to include Bishop Mark Lawrence and three other clerics, alleging that actions they took to withdraw the diocese from the denomination were outside the scope of their legal authority and violated state law.

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