Disciplinary hearing for Los Angeles’ Bruno concludes without decision

Hearing Panel’s conclusion will not come until sometime after Easter

[Episcopal News Service – Pasadena, California] Three days of testimony in the ecclesiastical disciplinary hearing for Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno ended here March 30 without a resolution. Church Attorney Raymond “Jerry” Coughlan, appointed to represent the Episcopal Church, and Diocese of Los Angeles Chancellor Richard Zevnik did not make oral closing […]

J. Jon Bruno tells disciplinary hearing about attempt to sell Newport Beach church

Los Angeles bishop is due to answer more questions on hearing’s final day

[Episcopal News Service – Pasadena, California] The second day of a March 28-30 ecclesiastical disciplinary hearing for Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno included the bishop’s explanation of his behavior during the events in question as well as more testimony from a vicar who said she became uncomfortable talking to him alone about […]

First day of Bruno hearing brings testimony about bishop’s behavior

Disciplinary case centers on Los Angeles bishop's attempted sale of Newport Beach church

[Episcopal News Service – Pasadena, California] The three-day ecclesiastical disciplinary hearing for Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno began March 28 with opening statements from the prosecution and defense, followed by at times emotional testimony from members of the congregation at the center of the dispute. Some of those witnesses cried as they […]

Church disciplinary hearing due to begin for Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno

Panel plans three days of testimony in dispute over bishop’s effort to sell Newport Beach church

[Episcopal News Service – Pasadena, California] Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno faces a rare disciplinary hearing here March 28-30 on accusations that he violated church canons, including engaging in conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy. The allegations, initially brought by the members of St. James the Great Episcopal Church, stem from […]

California Supreme Court upholds ruling in San Joaquin property case

Decision signals an end to eight years of litigation

[Episcopal News Service] The California Supreme Court on July 13 “declined to review” a decision made in April by a state appellate court putting an end to eight years of litigation and awarding 28 properties worth an estimated $50 million to the continuing Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin. “Accordingly, the original judgment in favor of the Diocese […]

California appeals court rules in San Joaquin property case

[Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin] On April 5 the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin and the Episcopal Church received a decision from the California Fifth District Court of Appeal affirming the judgment issued by the Fresno Superior Court directing that approximately 28 properties and various diocesan funds shall be returned to the diocese of San […]

Breakaway group rejects offer to settle South Carolina property lawsuit

[Episcopal News Service] An offer by South Carolina Episcopalians to settle a church-property lawsuit in eastern South Carolina was rejected by a breakaway group on June 15, the same day the offer was made public. The Episcopal Church in South Carolina offered to let 35 parishes keep their church properties, whether or not they choose […]

Hoping for reconciliation, church offers to settle South Carolina lawsuit

[The Episcopal Church in South Carolina press release] Episcopalians who are seeking to end the bitter legal battle over church property in eastern South Carolina have presented a settlement agreement to a breakaway group, offering to let 35 parishes keep their church properties, whether or not they choose to remain part of The Episcopal Church. […]

South Carolina Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal

[The Episcopal Church in South Carolina] The South Carolina Supreme Court April 15 granted The Episcopal Church in South Carolina’s motion and will hear the appeal of a circuit court decision giving the name and property of the local Episcopal Church diocese to a breakaway group. The court also denied a motion from the breakaway […]

Bishop High’s statement on decision of 141st District Court

[Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth] On Tuesday, March 2, 2015, the Hon. John P. Chupp of the 141st District Court, Tarrant County, Texas, denied the Local Episcopal Parties’ and The Episcopal Church’s Motions for Summary Judgments. He granted the breakaway parties’ Motion for Partial Summary Judgment, except as to the claims of All Saints’ Episcopal […]