Skip to comments.Brad Drell on the Dennis Canon (and more)
Posted on 06/13/2005 7:59:14 AM PDT by sionnsar
After ordinations on June 3, 2005, I was off to Pensacola Beach, Florida, for a weeks vacation with the extended family. My watchs battery died on the way there, and, upon arrival, we found out we had no phone service, and, therefore, no internet. On Monday, we tried to use our cellphones as modems, but the stuff we bought at Radio Shack didnt work. Also, we didnt have cable. Pensacola Beach is still in the throws of reconstruction, and although we had a beautiful condo and a beautiful beach, we were pretty much cut off from cyberspace. Kinda like being on Gods Time at Cursillo, only spending time swimming, fishing, relaxing, being with my children and my family, drinking, and cooking. Boy, Im glad I was.
Seems that the buzz has been interesting this week on the Dennis Canon, first reported by David Virtue at his website, as best as I can gather. Of course, Louie Crew says its all good. What do I think? Considering my recent experience with litigating the meaning of the by-laws of Louisiana College, I tend to think the side with the best lawyers will win when litigating over the Dennis Canon. Im available.
What makes me say that? Well, I think the answer will have to be found in the archives of the Episcopal Church, which Im told are at ETSS in Austin, Texas. Either there are proper minutes showing that the Dennis Canon passed both houses, or there arent. Then, there is the issue whether such a trust would be recognized under a particular states laws. There is also the situation where individual churches in the Episcopal Church have been incorporated to limit liability of the national church and they own the property, and if the shareholders or members of the non-profit corporations choose to do something else than be an Episcopal Church, then, under nuetral principles of law being applied under the First Amendment, it seems to me the Dennis Canon may not hold up. Trusts also come in two flavors - revocable and irrevocable
There was also much buzz about the makeup of the Panel of Reference, with all sides claiming victory. If the Panel of Reference actually does something about the Diocese of Recife in Brazil, Ill be impressed. Until that happens, I think it premature to claim victory for the conservative Anglican cause.
In my absence, the HOBD listserv got outright hostile to conservatives, in a way Ive never seen. I had planned to start receiving messages, as opposed to digests, upon my return from vacation. Ive decided to leave it on digest and only get whizzed at my church twice a day.
I had to evacuate suddenly on Friday from Pensacola Beach due to the approaching tropical storm. Well, it hit Pensacola the next day, and although the damage was minor, Im glad I wasnt loading the van in the heavy rain. Our familys Iron Skillet Competition is to be rescheduled, however, but I did eat the speckled trout we bought last night.
What was interesting is that during the hours leading up to the storm, construction workers were still working. Likewise, we still have to rebuild the Church, even if a new storm is coming.
Part of that work of rebuilding our church is a new website and group that is forming - StandFirm Louisiana. Please give the site a visit. There is an interesting piece about Bishop Jenkins, with calls for him to pick a side.
Im currently in the throws of getting ready for a Kairos weekend at Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola), Camp D. Please pray for me, the team and residents.
Who knew? I presume this is a quaint southern colloquialism, and NOT some ARCANE RITE proposed by Bishop Robinson?
sorry, I couldn't resist...(g)
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