A California appeals court has just handed a resounding victory to conservative Anglicans who broke away from the Episcopal Church USA.
Essentially, the court overturned a lower court ruling that the new liberal cleric (not the old conservative one) is the true leader of Anglicanism in central California.
The opinion does not guarantee victory for conservatives, but it puts them back in the ballgame.
It guarantees that “neutral principles of (secular property, trust and corporate) law” will decide their fate — not canon law or church law.
Who will ultimately end up on top? We’ll know the answer to that after a few years and a few million dollars worth of litigation, I imagine. That’s why the ruling is a stirring, ain’t-America-great, kind of day for the lawyers.