The General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission (GAPJC) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) said “… Under the Book of Order, the GAPJC does not act as the final arbiter of the Constitution in Presbyterian polity. This commission’s role is restricted and it has no jurisdiction to directly declare an action of the GA unconstitutional.”
So, although “Prior to the GA, the ACC advised in writing that Item 10-03 was “contrary to the clear statement of W-4.9000,” and during the GA on the floor, during recorded testimony, the ACC offered a diametrically opposed opinion, the GAPJC has refused to hold either the ACC accountable.
If the GAPJC is not a position to hold the General Assembly accountable for acting within the bounds of the PCUSA constitution, then who is?
Here’s the ruling: 0217-CherokeePbyetalvACC- CaseDismissed
Layman.org will offer further analysis in the coming days.