"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Another Significant Ruling in Our Diocese's Favor in the TEC Lawsuit

The Court of Appeals here has issued a stay in the lawsuit the TEC-loyalist rump "diocese of Fort Worth" has filed attempting to take all our property away from the parishes of the real, ACNA-affiliated Diocese of Fort Worth. This was done because a fundamental illogic has appeared in the way TEC's lawsuit is working its way through the trial court.

First, the trial court judge has already ruled that the lawyers suing on behalf of TEC's "diocese" DO NOT represent the corporation known as the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth that was established in 1983 and which Bishop Iker still heads. Yet the trial judge did not strike all the pleadings TEC's lawyers had filed claiming to act on behalf of the corporation at the time he ruled that they were not the real diocese's lawyers. Logically, if these TEC lawyers do not represent the real diocese that actually owns the property, then they should not be able to even appear in court to file pleadings demanding that property be handed over to the folks they represent!

The appelate court has stayed any further proceedings until this fundamental illogic can be resolved. And that is GOOD news for the ACNA diocese--the real diocese of Fort Worth.

The Anglican Curmudgeon has full details and is a MUST READ. Just click on the title to this blog entry to read his remarks.


Anonymous BillB said...

I hope that by this we do not alienate Judge Chupp. He in general gets what is going on but his refusal to change the language and thus force going to the Court of Appeals may work against us in the future. And then it may not.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man I hate this whole thing. TEC is connected to the ABoC, but their masses are becoming too liberal. ACNA is not in communion with the ABoC, but holds to a traditional masss though the policies are just not very liberal. Both want to get rid each other.

Why can't we keep liberal/rational policies but hold to the traditional Anglican Eucharist ceremony? (1662 BCP, anyone?)

I'm starting to think that there isn't a sane Episcopal/Anglican parish left in the Fort Worth area it seems.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous eqb said...

Iker should sue Sewanee for his share of the endowment fund


9:52 PM  
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Well I hope many people would like to beat swords into ploughshares and have a more peaceful world than now.

4:18 AM  

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