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The SC Supreme Court is destroying our church based on a massive misunderstanding


The state Supreme Court’s decision taking church buildings and millions of dollars of real estate from the Diocese of South Carolina prompted retired Chief Justice Jean Toal to call it “nothing less than judicial sanction of the confiscation of church ...


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As a bishop in the Episcopal Church, I could never have imposed a candidate for rector on any parish; I could only suggestQuite often, my suggestions were not followedNor could I simply remove a clergy person, no matter how badly the parish might wish it, without a long canonical procedure. From start to finish, the history of the Episcopal Church testifies to a body that is not a hierarchy of the sort this court ruling has presumedTo dispossess at least 29 congregations and more than 20,000 worshipers on the basis of such a flawed understanding of history would be a terrible injustice. CFitzsimons Allison 12th Bishop, retired, Diocese of South Carolina Georgetown Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. 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