Tuesday, 16 June 2009
New Westminster court case concludes
Earlier reports here and also here.
Final reports from the diocese:
Network’s lawyer says judge should recognize Anglican division is “real”
Trial ends in the case of 22 leaders of four dissenting congregations vs. the Diocese
and from the other side:
Anglican Journal New Westminster diocese court case hearings end
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Tuesday, 16 June 2009 at 10:56pm BST
Supreme Court of British Columbia hearings have concluded in a case that will decide whether the Anglican diocese of New Westminister or parishes that have split away from the Anglican Church of Canada own disputed church buildings and resources. Judge Stephen Kelleher reserved his judgment and did not say when he might announce a decision.
Two lawsuits were filed against the diocese of New Westminster and its bishop, Michael Ingham, by clergy who cut ties with the Anglican Church of Canada and individuals who say they are the lawful trustees of church properties and resources for several congregations that also voted to leave the church. Other hearings have resulted in decisions about interim possession and sharing of Anglican church buildings in British Columbia as well as in Ontario, but this trial will be the first in Canada to rule on which side owns the buildings and resources…
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Day 11 of the Anglican Essential Canada blog is missing the 'h' from http//:
QC Cowper is a piece of legal work, alright; I suppose most lawyers are? He's walking a fine, if not completely imaginary line, urging that the judge acknowledge a split in order to apply the law of trusts, while discouraging the judge from looking too deeply into church details in order to determine just what sort of split exists. The big unanswered question still is: Why did divorce/remarriage not occasion an even bigger schism than blessings of gay couples legally married per civil laws? I've yet to hear any deep, serious reply to that lingering juxtaposition.
Prayer and thanks to Rev Florence for going where no Anglican had gone before. She's the real deal, no doubts about it.