News (Page 87)

News (Page 87)

U.S. Supreme Court declines to review California property decision

By Mary Frances Schjonberg, October 05, 2009 [Episcopal News Service] The U.S. Supreme Court October 5 refused to grant a petition of review from St. James Anglican Church in Newport Beach, which broke away from the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. The court’s order came on the opening day of its fall term and was made public without comment in a 91-page list of procedural decisions it has made affecting the agenda for the term. The breakaway congregation in June…

Information on hearing before Judge John Chupp on October 2

The Hon. John P. Chupp, judge of the 141st District Court of Tarrant County, Texas on Friday Oct. 2, 2009, granted the request of attorneys for former Bishop Iker and others who left the Episcopal Church [defendants] for a continuance in the hearing on the motion by the Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth [plaintiffs] for a partial summary judgment. The hearing is now scheduled for 9 a.m.…

Statement on Judge John Chupp’s order granting rule 12 motion

What the legal language of the order means What the legal language of the order (click here to read it and note that the hand-written portions of the order are in the judge’s own hand) means is this: essentially the court refused to strike the pleadings i.e. it ruled that the reorganized Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and the Corporation had the right to continue to sue the defendants and establish our right to seek declarative judgment. The defendants lost on their…

Statement on hearing before judge John Chupp regarding legal representation of the diocese

The Hon. John Chupp, judge of the 141st District Court of Tarrant County, Texas today ruled that attorney Jon Nelson and Chancellor Kathleen Wells are not authorized to represent the diocese or the corporation that are associated with Jack L. Iker. These attorneys have never claimed to do so. The judge denied the motion by Bishop Iker’s attorneys to remove the diocese and the corporation from the lawsuit filed April 14, 2009. While the judge did make some off hand…

Attorneys present arguments in hearing, new date set before judge John Chupp

Attorneys for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth presented arguments today in the 141st District Court of Tarrant County, Texas in opposition to two motions filed by former diocesan leaders challenging the authority of the attorneys and leaders of reorganized Diocese. The hearing was continued until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, at which time both sides will present short briefs on questions from the judge, the Hon. John P.…

Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth files motion for a partial summary judgment to recover property and assets

Attorneys for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, and the Episcopal Church have on Sept. 3, 2009 filed a motion for a partial summary judgment in the 141st District Court of Tarrant County, Texas as a step to recover property and assets of the Episcopal Church. The defendants are former members of the Diocesan Corporation’s board of trustees and the former bishop of the diocese, all of whom have left the…

Meeting for members of St George’s Episcopal Church in Macomb, IL who wish to remain Episcopalian

MACOMB, IL (Sept. 3, 2009) — Members of St. George’s Church in Macomb who wish to remain Episcopalian will hold a service at 3:30 pm on Sunday, Sept. 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church at 123 S. Campbell in Macomb. Fr. John Throop, former interim priest of St. George’s, will lead the service. A light supper will follow in the church basement. All are welcome. After St. George’s parishoners voted 25-15 on March 29 to leave the Episcopal Church (TEC) and…

Bishop Kenneth Price nominated to become provisional bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh

Sept. 3, 2009, Pittsburgh – A bishop from a neighboring diocese has been nominated to lead the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh for the next several years until a permanent bishop can be elected. Fr. John Throop, former interim priest of St. George’s, will lead the service. A light supper will follow in the church basement. All are welcome. Today the Standing Committee, the diocese’s current leaders, announced that it has chosen the Rt. Rev. Kenneth L. Price, Jr. and is…

ENS: breakaway bishop seeks challenge to authority of Episcopal bishop

FORT WORTH: Breakaway bishop seeks challenge to authority of Episcopal bishop, others; September 9 hearing set in dispute By Pat McCaughan, September 02, 2009 [Episcopal News Service] Attorneys for Jack Iker have asked a Texas court for permission to challenge the authority of Provisional Bishop Ted Gulick Jr. and the standing committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. Iker, who left The Episcopal Church in 2008 but refused to relinquish church property or assets, is responding to a pending lawsuit filed by The…

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth responds to motions filed by former leaders

Attorneys for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, the Corporation of the Diocese of Fort Worth, and the Episcopal Church are preparing a response to motions filed by attorneys for former bishop Jack L. Iker and former members of the corporation’s board. A hearing has been set for September 9 in the 141st District Court in Tarrant County. Bishop Iker and these former leaders left the Episcopal Church in 2008 and have since aligned themselves with another church, the Anglican…

Presiding Bishop’s statement on the legal issues in litigation in the Diocese of San Joaquin

July 25, 2009 [Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori issued a statement concerning the Superior Court ruling in Fresno County, California. The full text of the Presiding Bishop’s statement follows. The Presiding Bishop’s Office announced that on July 21, 2009, the Superior Court of Fresno County, California, issued an order resolving most of the legal issues in litigation involving the identity and property of the Diocese of San Joaquin. The court ruled in favor of the church and the…

Superior Court of California grants summary adjudication to San Joaquin

The Rt. Rev. Edwin F. [Ted] Gulick, Jr., the Standing Committee, and the Board of Trustees of the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth welcome the July 21, 2009 decision of the Superior Court of California, County of Fresno, Central Division that grants a summary adjudication to the continuing Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin in its litigation regarding which leaders have authority over the diocese and its property. This California decision joins other courts in Texas and other states…

Additions to Loan Closet

Last week I had the pleasure to meet Roy and Emily McAlpine at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. Roy has been instrumental in getting many boxes of vestments and linens to the Diocesan Loan Closet from the Diocese of Connecticut, and we have been in contact for months by phone and e-mail. When we met he had with him wonderful items that Holy Trinity, Enfield Connecticut, had sent to the Diocese of Fort Worth. It was like Christmas! Many beautiful silver…

Diocese files response to motion to dismiss suit to recover property and assets of the Episcopal Church

Attorneys for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, the Corporation of the Diocese of Fort Worth, and the Episcopal Church have filed a response to the motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction filed on May 8, 2009 by attorneys for former bishop Jack L. Iker and former members of the corporation’s board. The motion to dismiss was a response to the suit filed in the 141st District Court of Tarrant County, Texas, on April 14, 2009, by the Episcopal…

Good News Abounds

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is pleased to announce several pieces of good news: Provisional Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Edwin F. [Ted] Gulick Jr., is extending his time with the diocese until after the annual diocesan convention on Nov. 13-14, 2009. Richard Henderson, Fort Worth attorney, has been appointed assistant chancellor of the diocese. Growth in the diocese is causing some parishes to find larger quarters. Bishop Gulick also is the bishop of the Episcopal…

Bishop Gulick sends letters to clergy who left the Episcopal Church

The Rt. Rev. Edwin F. [Ted] Gulick Jr., provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, has sent letters to those 72 members of the clergy of the diocese who joined with former Bishop Jack Iker in choosing to leave the Episcopal Church and realign with the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. Click to read the bishop’s letter here: Gulick-letter-to-clergy-who-left-Episcopal-Church-May-26-2009 Bishop Gulick wrote, “I want to begin by thanking you for your service as a priest or deacon in…