Implications of The SC Supreme Court Ruling

September 18, 2009

Bishop Chuck Murphy of The Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA) made the following comments to the American Anglican Council regarding today’s ruling by the Supreme Court of South Carolina. They are being released with Bishop Murphy’s permission:

In addition to being a complete victory for all of us here at All Saints, Pawleys Island, it is a profoundly important legal decision repudiating the ‘authority’ of the Dennis Canon. I believe that this will have enormous implications not only for the two Episcopal dioceses in South Carolina, but, I suspect, for other churches throughout the U.S.A.


The court’s entire ruling can be found by clicking here.

5 responses to Implications of The SC Supreme Court Ruling

  1. Darling you gotta let me know
    Should I stay or should I go?
    If you say that you are mine
    Ill be here til the end of time
    So you got to let know
    Should I stay or should I go?

    Should I stay or should I go now?
    Should I stay or should I go now?
    If I go there will be trouble
    An if I stay it will be double
    So come on and let me know

    Are we headed for a Clash …. or not?

  2. Plunder the Egyptians I say. Upon leaving the Egypt, take what is rightly your’s and, by all means, leave the Egyptian gods and goddesses behind (liberal views of God and theology).

    A good ruling.


  3. One of many ironies is that +Lawrence was offered the opportunity to settle this case last winter before it even went to the Supreme Court. All Saints offered +Lawrence $4 MILLION and he turned it down, believing that he’d win. Now, he not only loses the money so that All Saints walks away for free, the Diocese has also had its claims of property ownership completely dashed, allowing anyone else to follow the same path. The Lord is truly amazing!

  4. I really resonate with Phillip’s metaphor. I would only suggest that, before we start plundering, we remember the rest of the story. The Egyptians were almost eager to GIVE the pesky Israelites the gold and silver in order to get rid of them – and their angry God.
    If we just hit the trail in our zeal and feelings of celebration, we can easily wound some faithful brothers and sisters in the process. Perhaps we should humble ourselves a bit so we can clearly hear God’s marching orders. Same result probably, but without the Golden Calf and 40 years of wandering.
    It is also possible the legal issues have not been completely solved. As I (not a lawyer) read things, there may still be individual orthodox parishes who have charters or other founding documents that require further clarification (glebes, etc.). When Moses left, no tribe was left behind. Only the Egyptians.