FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APPELLATE COURT UNANIMOUSLY REJECTS EPISCOPAL CASE
ANGLICANS THANKFUL FOR DECISION
SPRINGFIELD, IL -The Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court ruled in favor of the Anglican Diocese of Quincy in their ongoing defense against legal challenges brought against them by the Episcopal Church. In the unanimous decision of May 13th, treatment the Appellate Court for the second time ruled that the Diocese had the ability not only to leave the Episcopal Church, but also to keep all of its assets.
While the Episcopal Church had claimed that prior Court rulings did not encompass “all” of the Diocese’s assets, the trial court of Adams County, Illinois ruled that it had in fact awarded all of the Diocesan assets to the Diocese free of any claim by the Episcopal Church.
The trial court noted that its original decision had been affirmed by the Fourth District Appellate Court and that the Illinois Supreme Court had declined the Episcopal Church’s Petition for Leave to File further appeal. Further, the Appellate Court affirmed the trial court’s sanction against the Episcopal Church, whereby the trial court had ordered the Episcopal Church to pay attorney’s fees for the Diocese.
The Diocese of Quincy is one of the founding dioceses of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), and is centered in Peoria IL, under the leadership of the Rt. Rev. J. Alberto Morales, OSB, its ninth Bishop.
“While we have at times grown weary of the legal assaults brought against us by the Episcopal Church in recent years,” he said, “we are pleased that the appellate court has issued yet another godly judgment. Nonetheless, I continue to charge my diocese not to look at and be preoccupied with others, but to focus on Jesus Christ and our work for the extension of His Kingdom.”
For more information, please visit www.dioceseofquincy.org or contact the Diocesan Director of Public Relations, the Very Rev. Thomas Janikowski, FSAC at 563-505-1016.
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