Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Law and Terror?

The Boston Globe reports today, "Breakaway group returns some funds." The story begins:
A group of former Episcopalians from Attleboro has agreed to return an undisclosed amount of money to the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts to settle a lawsuit alleging that the group, who broke away to protest the denomination's approval of an openly gay bishop, took cash and property belonging to the diocese.
The lawsuit was one of several around the country between Episcopal dioceses and departing members in an escalating dispute over the ownership of parish property. Conservatives have charged that the denomination is using a nationwide litigation campaign to intimidate them; diocesan officials say they are simply trying to protect their patrimony. [Emphasis mine]
I have absolutely no idea whether TEC is using a nationwide campaign. But I am sorely amused to hear this charge, especially coming from the group that spawned the infamous Chapman memo.

Later in the article, the Rev. David C. Anderson, president and chief executive of the American Anglican Council. is quoted as saying "Many dioceses are using litigation as part of a terror tactic …" Anderson having been just recently upbraided by the Archbishop of York for his extremist language and "ideological inconsistencies,"isn't it about time he tones it down a bit?

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