There is considerable pious wringing of hands about how awful it is that there are lawsuits in the US over church property. The greatest of the hand wringers are from the United Front for an Improved and Purified Anglican Communion - mostly bishops and churches from the Global South. Religious Intelligence writer George Conger points us to a messy lawsuit brought by one bishop and another in Pakistan. Read the whole thing HERE. Mr. Conger writes:
"The Bishop of Karachi, the Rt Rev Ijaz Inayat brought a suit againt the Bishop of Peshawar, the Rt Rev Mano Ramalshah and representatives of the Diocese of Lahore, charging they had unlawfully alienated church property, turning over the Afghan Mission Hospital in Peshawar in 2006 to a developer --- who has since demolished the structure to make way for a shopping centre.
Bishop Inayat charged Bishop Ramalshah with fraud, alleging he and three other Church of Pakistan bishops were pocketing the bulk of the proceeds from the sale of the hospital --- a charge denied by the bishops’ lawyers during last week’s hearing.
The Bishop of Karachi urged the government to pursue criminal sanctions against the defendants, contending the disputed sale violated laws designed to protect Pakistan’s Christian minority.
The fighting amongst the bishops of Pakistan, which have led at times to rival moderators and bishops for the million-member church, has spawned numerous lawsuits and been the subject of a failed intervention by former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey."
Lawsuits in the Episcopal Church have generally been relatively civil. This one seems quiet a mess. Outside the law courts, of course, we have the fine example of the Anglicans in Harare who were in pitched battles, breaking up one another's services, calling in the police and generally giving a fine example of why law courts are not the worse sort of thing we can suffer.
Explain to me again how there is necessarily greater purity of faith in the Global South?