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March 5, 2013


Reconciliation minded TEC Bishop sues his South Carolina brother in Christ

Yep.  Sweet ol’ pastoral grandpa Bishop vonRosenburg is suing Bishop Lawrence over who gets to keep the “Episcopal Church: We’re Here For You” signs.  And he’s going to Federal Court where you can find some ideological judge who won’t be bound by legal precedents in South Carolina.

Bishop vonRosenberg asks the court to declare that he is the rightful bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, and to restore the diocese’s “marks, names, and symbols” to the reorganized diocese he leads. The lawsuit seeks to override state circuit judge Diane S. Goodstein’s injunction that gives control of those marks, names, and symbols to the diocese led by Bishop Lawrence.

There’s a copy of the complaint at the link. 


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I look forward to the Anglican Curmudgeon’s take on this.

[1] Posted by Katherine on 3-5-2013 at 08:04 PM · [top]

I would think “abstention” would very likely apply, which means that the federal courts won’t proceed while there is a pending State court suit, especially where the outcome could be controlled by State law, and also where the plaintiff is already a party to the State litigation.  Just checking the link, it looks like the Potemkin Diocese was allowed to become a party to the State litigation.  http://www.episcopalchurchsc.org/news-release-2-28-2013.html

[2] Posted by Jim the Puritan on 3-5-2013 at 08:07 PM · [top]

Wonder why TEC doesn’t have to engage in a “listening process” prior to suing those it considers schismatic?  I mean, they should listen to those stories over at least two or three Lambeth Conferences, right?

ABC???  Reconciliation Officer???  Buehler?????  BUEHLER?????

[3] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 3-5-2013 at 08:21 PM · [top]

I hope this commie bastard rots in hell.

Wait, is this the Hugo Chavez thread? No?

[4] Posted by Greg Griffith on 3-5-2013 at 08:33 PM · [top]

Follow the money… TEC Exec council set up the funding mechanism last month. (see the Curmudgeon’s earlier post http://accurmudgeon.blogspot.com/2013/02/hostilities-in-south-carolina-postponed.html)

[5] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 3-5-2013 at 08:43 PM · [top]

#4—I think both are/were trying to build their Kingdom here on earth.  Scripture tells us that doesn’t work.  Of course, they are not the only ones who think that.  http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2007/10/08/obama-gop-doesnt-own-faith-and-values/

[6] Posted by Jim the Puritan on 3-5-2013 at 08:44 PM · [top]

Tim+,

Indaba, anyone?  No, well alrighty then, let’s sue the pants off ‘em!
—-KJS

[7] Posted by Fr. Chip, SF on 3-5-2013 at 09:53 PM · [top]

And you would be surprised that a Prussian nobleman whose ancestor fought at Waterloo with Prince Blucher wouldn’t go into battle over territory he wants to conquer?

[8] Posted by A Senior Priest on 3-5-2013 at 10:12 PM · [top]

Interesting that this is filed under the trademark law.  No property claim as yet.  How does this differ from the litigation in other dioceses? Is this the first suit in federal court?

[9] Posted by TomRightmyer on 3-6-2013 at 07:59 AM · [top]

It seems to me that “Episcopal” is not a trademarked name, since it appears in various other religious organizations’ names—AME, for one.  I doubt, also, that TEC has gone previously to the trademark office and registered the trademarks of all its member dioceses.  Surely a trademark would apply only to the national organization?

[10] Posted by Katherine on 3-6-2013 at 08:15 AM · [top]

#9 In Fort Worth the TEC diocese has sued Bishop Iker in federal court for trademark infringement, as has one parish in a separate federal lawsuit. The court has stayed both cases pending the outcome of the state-court suit, which is now before the Texas Supreme Court.

[11] Posted by Paul Powers on 3-6-2013 at 08:36 AM · [top]

What I love is that the rump Diocese is still claiming that Bp Lawrence renounced ministry:

From their press release:

“On December 5, the Presiding Bishop accepted Bishop Lawrence’s renunciation of ministry in The Episcopal Church. Left without a bishop, local Episcopalians worked together to reorganize and carry on the diocese”

Again .. if I were the Diocese of S.C.‘s lawyer, my first question would be .. “show me the letter” ...

[12] Posted by Reformed Catholic on 3-6-2013 at 03:07 PM · [top]

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