Skip to comments.Church dust-up going to Court of Appeals [CT 6]
Posted on 11/16/2006 5:43:21 PM PST by sionnsar
The long-standing conflict between the state's Episcopal bishop and six conservative parishes, including one in Darien, continues after both sides failed this week to settle a civil appeal filed by the parishes.
On Tuesday, lawyers for both sides participated in a pre-argument conference call with the United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit of New York, a mandatory step in every civil appeal case.
"That was unproductive," said attorney Ralph Dupont, who represents the six parishes that are seeking several million dollars in damages. He said the case will proceed to the appellate court, with arguments scheduled to begin early next year. He added that they plan to file a new suit in Connecticut's Superior Court as the federal suit progresses.
The six parishes -- known as the Connecticut Six -- filed a civil suit in September 2005 against Bishop Andrew Smith, claming he had violated their civil and property rights after they sought to break away from his authority following Smith's support for the election of an openly gay bishop.
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I attended a lecture recently on the governing documents of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Going back 300 years, unto the present time, traditional Presbyterians have made it clear that the "power of the Church is exclusively spiritual," which, among other things, implies a complete forswearance of lawsuits (as going to court seeks to get the power of the state to exercise its physical authority for you). Unfortunately, of course, the PCUSA (mainline Presbyterian) denomination long ago abandoned that principle.
It is very unfortunate that all the mainlines, including ECUSA (I hate the name TEC) won't see the "power of the Church is exclusively spiritual" and drop seeking to destroy by force of law orthodox Christian priests and congregations.
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Trinity has had a baptism every other Sunday, it has recently seemed; the parish we left (in Yalesville) had a baptism on the order of once a year -- and we wouldn't see them again until they came with the desire to be married there!