District Judge John P. Chupp of Ft. Worth sets hearing for December in property lawsuit.
The Episcopal Church’s Diocese of Fort Worth has signaled its intention to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Diocese of Chicago has filed a motion for a stay of judgment and intends to appeal.
Claims involving the Diocese of South Carolina will be resolved in state courts.
“[F]ederal question jurisdiction could potentially be expanded to all cases containing tacit First Amendment issues.”
The Rev. Ephraim Radner writes of “intimidation and vindictive behavior” in Fort Worth case.
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald, TLC Correspondent
Bishop Dean Wolfe: “The house feels like it has gone to second and third miles in dealing with disagreements.”
A recent accord of conciliation fits well into a larger and disturbing pattern of the Episcopal Church’s current leadership.
Bishop Daniel Martins writes: “We feel manipulated and victimized. We are nowhere near happy about this outcome.”
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald
“When neutral principles of law are applied … local churches often win.”