From The Rt. Rev’d Robert Duncan, Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Episcopal Diocese of
September 9, 2008
Bishop Robert Duncan has released a statement on the results of a hearing before Judge James that took place on September 8.
The statement follows:
On Sept. 8, there was a hearing before Judge James in the
It is important at this juncture, however, to be mindful of the destructive effect of the all-or-nothing approach to property disputes that has characterized so much of the church property litigation across the country. Judge James has voiced his concern that all members of our Church -- regardless of where they stand on Realignment -- should be permitted to worship as they deem appropriate. Before the conclusion of yesterday's hearing, Judge James asked counsel for both parties to confirm that nothing about the appointment of a Special Master, or the establishment of an escrow account, would negatively impact any parish's ability to continue worshiping as that parish chooses to worship.
We think appointment of the Special Master is an excellent way to begin the process of pursuing a fair and equitable distribution of property. To repeat, this process does not determine how property will be divided, it simply identifies the property at issue so the Court has a clear picture of what property is in dispute. We will continue to seek the Court's assistance to work through these issues to maximize our opportunity to avoid a destructive (and expensive) all-or-nothing battle.
There are many things upon which to comment, but I will limit myself.
I am very concerned about
And finally, notice that the theft of TEC property by
If the HOB does not depose this self-righteous crook, then the HOB deserves to be voted out of existence at GC09.