SPRINGFIELD, IILLINOIS — The ACNA Diocese of Quincy (DIO Quincy) garnered a huge victory Thursday (July 24) when the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court thoroughly rejected The Episcopal Church’s appeal to the Illinois Adams County Eighth Judicial Circuit Court ruling in favor of the realigned Anglican diocese.
On Sept. 9, 2013, Associate Judge Thomas J. Ortbal ruled, “There is no provision in TEC’s Constitution or Canons which require prior approval of a diocesan constitution or its canons. There is no express prohibition against withdrawal of a diocese.”
Then barely 10 days later, on Sept. 20, 2013, the Diocese of Chicago, which had reabsorbed the TEC Diocese of Quincy (TEC Quincy) on Sept. 1, 2013, filed a motion for a stay of judgment indicating its intention to appeal Judge Ortbal’s ruling which gave sole title of bank accounts and diocesan property to DIO Quincy.
” We continue to maintain, despite that ruling, that the assets in dispute rightfully belong to the [TEC] Episcopal Diocese of Quincy, now reunited with the Diocese of Chicago,” Bishop Jeffrey Lee (XII Chicago) posted to his diocesan website on Sept. 27, 2013. “This will ultimately be decided by the appellate court.”