- committing crimes, including theft of $392,409.93 from Grace Church, and causing Grace Church to issue false W-2s and under report Armstrong's income and benefits by $548,097.27;
- receiving illegal loans totaling $122,479.16 in violation of diocesan canons;
- encumbering and alienating Grace Church's real property without authorization;
- violating a temporary inhibition placed on him;
- using clergy discretionary funds improperly; and
- failing to maintain proper books of account.
Fr. Armstrong maintained his innocence and a audit by the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), into whose jurisdiction he moved, supported his position.
Meanwhile as I understand it, a large part of the former Grace and St. Stephens has left the building and Fr. Armstrong and worships elsewhere; Fr. Armstrong continues to use the facilities and; matters are pending in secular court regarding that use.
The website for Grace and St. Stephens carries on its banner a variety of organizations working out of or intimately connected to Fr. Armstrong's work. The symbols for St. Stephens Classical Academy, The Anglican Institute, the John Jay Institute, Mosttrust, USA, and Titus Youth Ministries, all sit under the main banner with the symbols of CANA and the Anglican Compass Rose.
The Anglican Institute now exists in two forms: Fr. Armstrong's AI and the Anglican Communion Institute Incorporated, which is now the context in which the AI writers seem to be working. The John Jay Instituter's director, Deacon Alan Crippen, will be ordained priest by Bishop Minns on April 13th.
On the left of the main section of the Website is the posting of a link titled, "The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: the joint response of Grace Church and individual defendants to pending motions." These would be the pending motions in the case before the District Court in El Paso County, Colorado. They were submitted March 10, 2008.
Among the odds and ends of the responses is the contention that Grace Church reconstituted itself as a new entity in 1973 without any reference to the Episcopal Church. They contend that they believed then that the Episcopal Church might not be the church for them after all. All of this will bear watching. The so called "Dennis Canon" regarding holding property in trust for the Episcopal Church was not instituted until 1979, but since Grace and St. Stephens continued to operate as a member church of the Episcopal Church until very recently, and members of that church served on Diocesan and National church levels, and the church carried the banner of being a parish in the Episcopal Church, I am not sure any contention that they are not covered by canons enacted after their incorporation will hold.
The matter before the court in this instance concerns Fr. Armstrong's continued use of the church. We will want to watch this case as it unfolds.