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Thursday
Feb072013

TEC given temporary injunction: Court initially favours Diocese

By Sue Careless

Late-breaking news: IN ADDRESSING what would seem to be a case of ecclesiastical identity theft, a circuit court judge issued first a temporary restraining order and then a temporary injunction against The Episcopal Church (TEC), preventing it from using the names and seal of the independent Diocese of South Carolina.

The order, which took effect on Jan. 23rd, prohibited misappropriation of the Diocese’s identity for ten days. A hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 1 to determine

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Friday
Dec212012

Katharine Jefferts Schori moves on South Carolina

Declares Abandonment of Ministry

’I have not renounced my orders as a deacon, priest or bishop any more than I have abandoned the Church of Jesus Christ.’
–Mark Lawrence

(Photo: Sue Careless)

By Sue Careless

 

PRESIDING BISHOP Katharine Jefferts Schori claims she has “accepted the renunciation of the ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church of Mark Lawrence as made in his public address on Nov. 17” and she has “released him from his orders in this Church.” However, Lawrence denies that he has renounced his orders per se, only that he and his diocese have withdrawn from TEC. 

The Presiding Bishop made the announcement

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Friday
Dec212012

Teen denounces own sitcom 

Angus T. Jones

(Photo: www.smh.com.au)

(Staff)  THE CHILD star of the CBS hit show Two and a Half Men has asked millions of fans to stop watching the program “and filling your head with filth.” Angus T. Jones, 19, has portrayed the nephew of a womanising, partying bachelor in the comedy since its 2003 launch

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Saturday
Nov242012

Protestants lose majority status in U.S.

One in five adults has no religious affiliation

(Staff)  FOR THE FIRST TIME in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise, which led to the percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. dropping to a new low of 48 percent.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life reports that among the reasons for the change

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Saturday
Nov242012

Presiding Bishop suspends Mark Lawrence

Diocese of South Carolina leaves national church

(Staff)  THE PRESIDING BISHOP of the Episcopal Church (TEC) has suspended the ministry of the Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina until the House of Bishops can meet to vote on whether to remove him completely. This action by TEC triggered two pre-existing corporate resolutions of the Diocese, which simultaneously disaffiliated the Diocese from TEC and called a Special Convention which will be held in Charleston on Nov. 17.

On Oct. 15 Bishop Mark Lawrence was notified

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