Comments: court ruling for San Joaquin

Well, well. Here we have a very clear and legal denunciation of the divisive politics of the ACNA sodality in their efforts to secure their tenuous hold on the assets and integrity of TEC's lawful inheritance in the Dioceses of San Joaquin in California.

Bishop Lamb, and the loyal Episcopalians of his Diocese, must be relieved that the charade of former Bishop Schofield's attempt to retain the property of TEC and all the appurtenances of the office of Bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin is now over. Deo Gratias!

The mills of God grind slowly BUT, they do bring justice eventually!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 25 July 2009 at 11:07am BST

Amazing that a church has to be told by the secular courts that stealing is wrong.

Posted by JPM at Saturday, 25 July 2009 at 4:48pm BST

"Amazing that a church has to be told by the secular courts that stealing is wrong."

I feel a song coming on, a la Flanders and Swann's "The Reluctant Cannibal" with its chorus of "I won't eat people. I don't eat people. Eating people is WRONG!"

Posted by Cynthia Gilliatt at Saturday, 25 July 2009 at 5:46pm BST

Of course the real winners are the lawyers...

Posted by Robert Ian Williams at Saturday, 25 July 2009 at 11:19pm BST

I think the real winners in this situation include nearly everybody else, too. Because?

The continuing dioceses and TEC folks do need to know clearly where they stand, legally. So do the departed who claim to still be legitimately confused as to who is who, who owns or controls what, and for what reasons of faith, order, and ethics.

Of course people inside TEC more or less tried to clear up the questions of those who eventually departed; but their input fell on deaf ears, so it was left up to the courts to repeat the legal clarifications.

Also, a whole lot of all of us win in some fashion, when the destructive efforts of a Duncan or Iker or Schofield are subjected to any consistent investigation and discernment, from any number of alternative best practice angles (including the legal ones involved in this ruling). Light, air to the breathing - all folks who would otherwise be confined to dark, dank basements and dungeons by Iker, Duncan, Schofield, and the typical cast of usual conservative realignment suspects.

I won't feel sorry that somebody had to call the cops on the realignment crowd whose behaviors were fairly begging for the policing they like to serve up, mainly aimed exclusivey at queer folks. More than a touch of irony in the ruling, then.

Anyways, expect the usual spin doctor hype about activist judges or some such weird bird; along with loud repeats that pagans and apostates have violated the holy courts of the Lord - who is ruling will rule and has ruled, solely in favor of Iker, Duncan, Schofield, and so forth. Like a doomsday cult whose Armageddon fails to materialize on the previously prophesied day; the cult will just back up, revisit its details, and keep moving right along, impervious.

One hopes they do turn over the keys, however impervious they still feel they are to such a fluffy pagan thing as a court ruling against them.

Posted by drdanfee at Sunday, 26 July 2009 at 1:46am BST

Adios, John-David, and vaya con Dios!

Posted by JCF at Sunday, 26 July 2009 at 6:22am BST
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