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February 2, 2012


Christ Church Episcopal Seeks Contempt Against Sister Congregation

“Thief! Thief, Baggins! We hates it, we hates it, we hates it forever!!”

Christ Church Episcopal may be back home in its Johnson Square building, but squabbling over church property continues.

The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia and Christ Church Episcopal on Monday asked Chatham County Superior Court Chief Judge Michael Karpf to hold the Rev. Marcus Robertson and Christ Church Savannah in contempt of court.

They argue Robertson and Christ Church Savannah have failed to comply with a court order to return a $2 million endowment fund and other property after the two congregations agreed to the return of the historic Johnson Square property in December.

The civil action alleges Christ Church Savannah, the Anglican congregation, has refused to relinquish control of such items as the endowment fund held by the Savannah Bank, corporate, business and other records, the domain name and website www.christchurchsavannah.org.

It also argues the Anglican congregation has failed to relinquish the names “Christ Church Savannah” and “The Mother Church of Georgia” despite three court rulings against them.

The motion filed by attorney James Elliott of Valdosta asks that Robertson and his group be cited for contempt of court and enjoined from continuing to hold the items cited from the diocese and Episcopal congregation.

 


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More like Star Wars to me:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wntX-a3jSY
Said Grand Moff Schori: “Fear will keep the local systems in line: Fear of this David Booth Beers litigation.”

[1] Posted by paradoxymoron on 2-2-2012 at 02:20 PM · [top]

And just whose money is it?

Well, the lawyers do need to make payments on their Bentleys.

Given the seemingly dim prospects for a SCOTUS appeal, I’d think that the ACNA group might well take on a different name.

[2] Posted by Ralph on 2-2-2012 at 02:28 PM · [top]

Absolutely disgusting.  Praying for Fr. Marc Robertson and Christ Church Savannah.

[3] Posted by Cranmerian on 2-2-2012 at 02:31 PM · [top]

The faux church is willfully ignoring the fact that CCS has until the deadline for filing a request for a writ of certiorari from the US Supreme Court before it has to respond to the state court order. Yet another example of the “lovingkindness” demonstrated by TEC.

Of course, none of the ostriches still in TEC pews have any idea that this viciousness is going on - OR that they are funding it by their pledges. It is as if Christians were buying the lions and gladiators that Nero was using to kill other Christians.

[4] Posted by sophy0075 on 2-2-2012 at 02:33 PM · [top]

#4…That is a perfect analogy.

[5] Posted by Cranmerian on 2-2-2012 at 02:39 PM · [top]

Given the seemingly dim prospects for a SCOTUS appeal, I’d think that the ACNA group might well take on a different name.

I take it then, Ralph, that you would favor TEC being forced to give up the names on 99% of their churches, since the Catholic Church had the names first.
I would think that there is nothing to stop Christ Church from becoming Christ Church Anglican.  There are no doubt overlaps between Catholic and TEC parishes in NYC and Chicago.  But I guess that will be up to the court as to whether they will continue to enforce TEC’s will.

[6] Posted by tjmcmahon on 2-2-2012 at 07:29 PM · [top]

This will happen in Virginia as well. Bishop Shannon Johnston will have his lawyers structure the final order in such as way that the departing congregations will be found in contempt soon after they leave. IMHO.

[7] Posted by Chazaq on 2-2-2012 at 07:55 PM · [top]

Of course he will!  What else would you expect?

[8] Posted by cennydd13 on 2-2-2012 at 09:19 PM · [top]

I guess there is no “graceful winning” when it comes to TEO.  They don’t give a scratch about the heritage of past Piskies.  They want the cash.

[9] Posted by Bill2 on 2-2-2012 at 10:53 PM · [top]

In the court of heaven, God is the lawmaker and judge, and Holy Scripture is the law.  The irony that the Episcopal diocese is charging contempt of court is rich.

[10] Posted by Jill Woodliff on 2-2-2012 at 11:26 PM · [top]

Contemptible.

[11] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 2-3-2012 at 10:48 AM · [top]

What they’re doing is beneath contempt!  But, we’ve come to expect that, haven’t we?

[12] Posted by cennydd13 on 2-3-2012 at 11:10 AM · [top]

Please pray for our rector and vestry. In case you can’t tell from the “news” article, TEC is suing our rector and the people who were on our vestry when the lawsuit began personally.

[13] Posted by sophy0075 on 2-3-2012 at 01:04 PM · [top]

“ But after the breakaway congregation refused to either relinquish ‘all property, real and personal, tangible and intangible’ as granted by the Court, or to propose any reasonable negotiated resolution, we simply had no choice.”

The court’s ruling is so all encompassing that when it speaks of “all property, real and personal, tangible and intangible” one can be easily take the ruling to mean that TEC can claim as property, even the “intangible” souls of anyone who is now or ever has been a church member.

[14] Posted by Betty See on 2-3-2012 at 10:49 PM · [top]

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