Comments: Pittsburgh: legal developments

"In short, the plaintiffs (TEC) got everything they could have expected from the judge at this point in the litigation, and the defendants (ex-Bp. Duncan & Co.) got nothing. Duncan's prospects for hanging on to the Episcopal Church assets he has removed from the church are looking poor indeed, - (web-log, Lionel Deimel)

Things are not looking too promising for prospective 'ACNA Primate' Robert Duncan and the GAFCON Primates' who are supporting his takeover of the property of TEC in Virginia. Acts of piracy in the Church ought never to be condoned by any legal system looking for justice to prevail

Perhaps, with the way things are going for the GAFCON sodality, they should think again about the disruption their actions are causing in the life of the Anglican Communion. Their insistence on religious 'purity' is tantamount to a declaration that their part of the Church is already without sin, and therefore without the need of continuing redemption. This surely is a dangerous theory, given the evidence of religious fundamentalism and its aftermath in our own and other religious systems in today's world?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 20 April 2009 at 1:41am BST

As usual Lionel Diemel overstates the case. The fact that Judge James allowed Andy Roman to represent the interests of the TEC Diocese in no way signals that the case is lost for Bishop Duncan and the Pittsburgh Anglican Diocese further the Judge in no way ruled or inferred that the TEC diocese is in anyway the "real or only" Diocese of Pittsburgh. Lionel is the commensurate TEC Spinmaster.

Posted by David Wilson at Monday, 20 April 2009 at 2:54am BST

@Father Ron Smith:

Be careful with the "acts of piracy" thing. That could actually make ACNA more attractive.

"Ahoy! The Lord be with ye!"
"Yar! And also with thee, matey!"

Posted by Walsingham at Monday, 20 April 2009 at 10:28am BST

"Ahoy! The Lord be with ye!"
"Yar! And also with thee, matey!"

Last year somebody sent me a link to a Talk Like A Pirate Day Eucharist ... wish I'd kept it.

Posted by Cynthia Gilliatt at Monday, 20 April 2009 at 2:30pm BST


AH HA HA HA HA HA! That just made my Monday morning.

Posted by Jared Cramer at Monday, 20 April 2009 at 2:31pm BST

Hm. Whether 'splice the mainbrace' will ever function as a completely theologically adequate replacement for 'Let us proclaim the mystery of faith' remains to be seen....

Posted by mynsterpreost (=David Rowett) at Monday, 20 April 2009 at 6:34pm BST

"'splice the mainbrace'"

A clergy friend is not all that fond of Westward facing celebrations, calls it "Spiritual bartending". The temptation after the consecration is to say "Belly up to the bar, boys!"

Posted by Ford Elms at Monday, 20 April 2009 at 8:19pm BST

Here's the web page citation that Cynthia lost:

Posted by Jerry Hannon at Monday, 20 April 2009 at 8:20pm BST

Well blow me down and with thy eg eg eg!

Posted by choirboyfromhell at Wednesday, 22 April 2009 at 12:43am BST

"Belly up to the bar, boys!"

Complementary W(h)ine and crackers. Live entertainment.

Posted by choirboyfromhell at Wednesday, 22 April 2009 at 3:54pm BST
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