A South Carolina court has made permanent the temporary restraining order entered on 23 Jan 2013 in the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina case. On 31 Jan 2013 Judge Diane Goodstein issued a Temporary Injunction that supplanted her Temporary Restraining Order which forbade any person or entity from claiming to be or using the name, symbols and seal of the diocese save for Bishop Mark Lawrence and the officers of the diocese.
Attorneys for the Episcopal Church declined to contest the TRO at the hearing scheduled for 1 Feb 2013. The Temporary Injunction will stand until the litigation is concluded, however, either party may petition the court to modify or remove the ban.
“We are gratified that The Episcopal Church has consented to a temporary injunction protecting the identity of our Diocese and its parishes,” said the Rev. Jim Lewis, Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. “We pray that sentiment fuels the prompt and reasonable resolution we all seek.
Thomas Tisdale, chancellor of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina – the faction in South Carolina loyal to the national church -- did not respond to our query as our going to press.