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June 14, 2013


No News from Texas; Sad News from Virginia

As of today, June 14, the Supreme Court of Texas has yet to issue its opinion in the Fort Worth direct appeal brought by Bishop Iker and his co-trustees of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. Such decisions are normally released on Fridays, although toward the end of the term the Court also releases some decisions earlier in the week. For those who would like to monitor the page where any opinion will appear, here is the link.

This same day brings unhappy news, however, from the Supreme Court of Virginia, which has entered a one-page order denying the petition of The Falls Church for a rehearing. In doing so, it leaves intact the troubling decision which I discussed in this previous post. The opinion, however, is based almost entirely upon (a misreading of) Virginia law, and so the grounds for review by the United States Supreme Court are virtually nil. For churchgoers in Virginia, the problems created by the Supreme Court’s interpretation of a State statute will be for the Virginia legislature to address and resolve.

Whether the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia can continue to maintain all of the properties handed to it by the Virginia Supreme Court is still an open question. And what the Diocese decides to do with those properties will speak more clearly about its priorities than anything that could be written at this point. For the Anglicans, however, the way is now clear for them to go forward, in a new beginning.

Let the Episcopal Diocese, in other words, pick up the pieces of the wreckage it has made of the Episcopal faith in Virginia. And let the Anglicans continue to adhere fast to the faith once delivered to the saints. The proof will be in the fruits which each produces.


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Guess the Bible is correct about anticipating justice from the courts.  Pretty much hit or miss.  Especially given the lengths to which the TEC leadership is willing to throw $ at it and lie.

[1] Posted by B. Hunter on 6-14-2013 at 01:17 PM · [top]

Man’s justice is not God’s justice as we all know. We should not expect justice from secular courts. When it happens, great, when it does not, unfortunately that’s life. ALWAYS, we are to keep the faith regardless of the secular court decisions.

I agree with the Curmudgeon and the ole saying, the proof is in the pudding.  Or for a biblical quote- 
Matt 7:16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

[2] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 6-14-2013 at 02:21 PM · [top]

As a member of The Falls Church-Anglican, I am actually grateful for the news.  Do I like the decision?  No.  But now we can move forward and we will, in the Lord.  All of our needs have been met throughout this crisis and they will be met in the future.

[3] Posted by rwkachur on 6-14-2013 at 06:36 PM · [top]

A good test to see who makes an idol out of an old building, even if it is beautiful and historic.  For the Christian, Christ is our sufficiency.

[4] Posted by PROPHET MICAIAH on 6-14-2013 at 10:49 PM · [top]

The news about Falls Church Anglican is sad but not surprising. I frankly didn’t expect the Virginia Supreme Court would grant a rehearing even though their decision was clearly flawed.

I wouldn’t be surprised if I soon hear that the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia decide to put parts of the TFC property on the market. Like it or not, the Episcopal congregation now occupying the property is too small to afford the maintenance and upkeep.

[5] Posted by the virginian on 6-14-2013 at 11:20 PM · [top]

And yet, at its recently concluded Provincial Council, the ANCA created SEVEN NEW DIOCESES.
To me, THAT speaks of God’s true calling.
I’m so grateful our St. Andrews (TN) stepped away from its property and were taken in hand by our fellow Christians at Concordia Lutheran (Nashville, TN.).
Not only has our faith been restored, but there is an evangelical zeal that I NEVER witnessed as an Episcopalian.
God works in mysterious ways.

[6] Posted by tpaine on 6-22-2013 at 01:57 PM · [top]

[5]  If they do, it’ll be in keeping with their past actions in selling properties so that they can keep suing the faithful.

[7] Posted by cennydd13 on 6-22-2013 at 03:49 PM · [top]

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