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December 14, 2012


Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Diocese of Upper S.C , Settles Lawsuit with Wife of Former Dean

The settlement draws to a close a tumultuous chapter in Trinity’s history.

Linder had enjoyed an 11-year tenure at the historic downtown cathedral, expanding missions and membership, and overseeing the construction of the church’s $6 million Trinity Center for Ministry and Missions and the near-completion of a $7 million sanctuary restoration.

But an apparent widening rift between Linder and some members of the church’s governing board over church leadership and financial affairs emerged publicly in the summer of 2010.
Waldo, the newly consecrated bishop, intervened at the request of the vestry and immediately suspended the dean and issued a pastoral directive that the Linders refrain from speaking to church members or staff while the dispute was under mediation.

In her lawsuit, Ellen Linder said that directive had the effect of isolating and silencing her and her husband; they were not allowed to attend four meetings held by the bishop or offer a defense to the allegations.

In a July 19, 2010, email to Philip Linder, the bishop told the suspended dean that the only way he could be restored to his position at Trinity was to go through an ecclesiastical court proceeding or submit to discipline and agree to go, with his wife, to an in-patient psychiatric treatment facility, which they refused.

Philip Linder tendered his resignation in September 2010. In the lawsuit, Ellen Linder claimed that losing the fellowship of the church’s members, along with her part-time job as parish nurse, inflicted such emotional distress that she suffered migraine headaches and panic attacks.

The Linders eventually moved to Versailles, Ky., where Philip Linder is now rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

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I first saw it on Anglican Ink this morning. 

Pretty much a non story really. All I can say it that this has had very little effect on the wonderful music programs offered by Trinity Cathedral. The close relationship between the Cathedral and USC allows many music majors to take part in various Cathedral offerings.  Also their magnificent pipe organ is used by many organ students at USC.

I just wonder when the people in charge of the Church Insurance group will be deposed by the PB. Can’t wait for that little announcement. If you are wondering,  The Church Pension Fund has TEC clergy members on the board of directors so I will assume the Church Insurance would also. Since the new motto of TEC is “Sue whenever possible”, I won’t be surprised if it really happens. If not, I will be happy to be wrong.

[1] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 12-14-2012 at 02:24 PM · [top]

I’m happy the suit was settled, but I also think that the order by the then new bishop was an error.  I can appreciate the desire not to widen the division between the pro-dean and anti-dean factions, but a gag order on the dean and his wife was not the proper way to accomplish that goal.

[2] Posted by TomRightmyer on 12-16-2012 at 02:51 PM · [top]

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