Judge tells Rosemont congregation it must vacate property[Episcopal News Service] A judge has told a breakaway congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania that its deposed priest and certain members of the vestry must relinquish parish property.
The ruling involves Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont, outside of Philadelphia, along with deposed priest David Moyer and some members of the congregation.
Now the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is ordinarily a reliable and accurate reporter; I have never had occasion to satirize any of her stories before. Therefore, something else has to account for her missing the whole point of Judge Ott's order here: Judge Ott most emphatically did not address the congregation of Good Shepherd in his order, or tell them, even indirectly, that their "priest and certain members of the vestry must relinquish parish property." There was no property issue involved in the case. What Judge Ott told Fr. Moyer and the one sitting vestry member was that they must relinquish their parish offices, and not the parish's property. (Well, in a technical sense, I guess one could say that Fr. Moyer has to give up parish property as well, since he has to move out of the parish rectory. But that is a conclusion that follows from his removal from his post, and was not even spelled out in the order.)