Episcopal Church confident it will win Fort Worth fight: Anglican Ink, September 12, 2013 September 13, 2013Posted by geoconger in Anglican Ink, Fort Worth, Property Litigation, The Episcopal Church.
Tags: Allan Haley, Dennis Canon, Jack L. Iker, Rayford High
The Episcopal Church will prevail in its court battle with Bishop Jack L. Iker and the Diocese of Fort Worth, the Provisional Bishop of Fort Worth, the Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., said this week, arguing the doctrine of neutral principles of law favors their cause.
On 9 Sept 2013 Bishop High and members of the diocesan standing committee along with the national church appointed trustees of the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and officers for the Fund for the Endowment of the Episcopate met with their lawyers to review the Texas Supreme Court’s 30 August 2013 decision in No. 11-0265, Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, et al. v. The Episcopal Church, et al.
In the Fort Worth case the Court by a vote of 5 to 4 overturned a Tarrant County trial court decision that awarded the property of the Diocese of Fort Worth to the national Episcopal Church and its local allies. The Supreme Court held the trial court erred in deferring to the denominational polity of the national church. The ruling nullified the Episcopal Church’s Dennis Canon in Texas, holding the national church’s property rules had no legal effect in the state.
Read it all in Anglican Ink.