Comments: more legal moves in Fort Worth

Former Bishops Jack Iker and Robbie Duncan can't have it both ways. Either (1) TEC is a legally *hierarchical Church* (as per Iker's evidence as a 'friend of the court' in the Appellate Court of 2002, or (2) his current assertion is true: that TEC is not a hierarchical Church.

Bearing false witness in a courtroom almost anywhere else in the world (except Zimbabwe) is an indictable offence. Will Iker be taken up on this manifest contradiction of his own statement by the Court? Or will he succeed in his appeal?

There can only be one answer to this.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 5 September 2009 at 10:20pm BST

Well said, Father Ron.

Unfortunately for ex-bishop Iker, he is not dealing with someone such as ABC Rowan Williams. He is dealing with independent, fair minded judges who wish to follow the law and who will not be intimidated.

Posted by Dallas Bob at Saturday, 5 September 2009 at 11:56pm BST

There is *ample* precedent that, in a US legal context, The Episcopal Church is "hierarchical" as that term is used. It's not a point that any side can reasonably deny. It has been litigated many, many times in many many jurisdictions and TEC has *always* been held to be hierarchical.

Posted by ruidh at Sunday, 6 September 2009 at 2:13am BST
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