Wednesday, July 13, 2016

2nd edition

The Supreme Court of California has denied the petition of the Anglican diocese for review of the church case. This means total victory for the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin!

At 5:04 p.m., PDT, the CA Supreme Court emailed me this notice:

"The following transaction has occurred in: DIOCESE OF SAN JOAQUIN v. GUNNER, Case S234572. Supreme Court of California, 2016-07-13, Event Description: Petition for Review Denied."

This means the Superior Court decision of Judge Donald S. Black stands as the final word on the dispute between the Episcopal and Anglican dioceses of San Joaquin. Black ruled entirely and completely for the Episcopal side.

I will return soon with more information on this very important development.

2nd EDITION, July 14 a.m.---   Bishop Eric Menees of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin yesterday posted a gracious letter to his diocese acknowledging the end of the legal road for them. He said, "Now is the time for us to begin the process of handing over the properties." At long last, and after seven exhausting years, the legal war in San Joaquin is over with a complete failure of the schismatic group in court. Read Menees's letter here . 

This means three of the five cases of schism have been settled legally. The Episcopal Church prevailed in two: Pittsburgh and San Joaquin and the schismatics won in one: Quincy. Two cases are pending: South Carolina and Fort Worth. The SC Supreme Court should rule any time on the case they heard last September 23. The Fort Worth case is before the state appeals court there with future unknown. If the SC ruling is a clear-cut decision it will be the most important of all because it will be the first time a state supreme court has issued an opinion on the great issues at hand.