Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Is the Dennis Canon part of massive fraud?

That Dennis Canon The Episcopal Church has used to grab the property of departing orthodox parishes?  It most likely was not really enacted in the first place.

George Conger has posted his pleading in the California Episcopal Church cases, and it is damning.  The conclusion:

I believe that the Dennis Canon was not properly adopted. In that regard, I affirm those findings: (1) that documentation relating to the Dennis Canon of the 1979 General Convention is missing from the archives and therefore that it cannot be verified that the canon was lawfully adopted by the Convention; (2) that no evidence exists in the archives that shows notice as required by Canon V.1 Section 5a was given to the wider church; (3) that no evidence exists in the archives that shows a motion to suspend the rules was offered to the House of Deputies under Rule VI.22 to permit the resolution to be considered out of time or that two-thirds of the deputies voted for such a suspension . . .

So in all likelihood what we have here is a national church using a canon they never properly enacted to grab property for which they never paid*.

The Episcopal Church is lucky it is not being prosecuted for fraud.


(*In a few cases, dioceses may have given departing parishes financial aid in times past.  But in no court case of which I am aware is that anywhere near the expenditures of the local parish itself in purchasing and building its properties.)


Tregonsee said...

There are often cases which would be slam dunks IF the court would take them. Sadly these are all trivial cases, however important they are to us.

Mark said...

The problem is some courts seem hellbent to side with the national hierarchy of a denomination no matter what the evidence.