The divorce might be finalized, but who gets what isn’t settled yet, not with The Episcopal Church’s local parishes pledging Wednesday to appeal a circuit court judge’s ruling.
Judge Diane Goodstein ruled late Tuesday in favor of the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, which left the national church in 2012. She ruled the diocese and two-thirds of area parishes that left with it had the right to depart and take more than $500 million in property with them.
But that ruling marks just one step in a longer journey, said the Right Rev. Charles G. vonRosenberg, bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, which comprises area parishes still aligned with the national church.
“We will persevere as we seek justice, even though the personal and financial costs will be significant. The present cause requires us to respond in this way,” vonRosenberg wrote in a pastoral letter distributed Wednesday.