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Appeals court tells federal judge to proceed with case stemming from SC Episcopal split


CHARLESTON, South Carolina — A federal judge in South Carolina has been told to hear a case stemming from the Episcopal Church split in eastern South Carolina.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports ( ) that the case involves which bishop is the rightful church leader.

Conservative parishes split with the national church in 2012 over theological issues. The bishop of parishes remaining with the national church later sued, alleging the bishop of the parishes that left committed false advertising by presenting himself as bishop.

U.S. District Judge C. Weston Houck had postponed the case while a lawsuit over control of church property was decided in state courts.

But the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week there was no reason to delay the case.

Information from: The Post and Courier,

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