Courts ‘scold’ Episcopalians, uphold Anglicans

By Leon Lagerstam, The Dispatch-Argus (Illinois)


The Rev. Thomas A. Janikowski

A “pleasantly shocking” court order finally may have closed the doors on the Episcopal Church’s attempts to claim assets from local Anglican churches that chose to break away from the fold, according to a local Anglican priest.

It also may give churches such as Trinity Anglican Church in Rock Island money needed to do building repairs that have been delayed during the extended court battle, said the Rev. Thomas A. Janikowski, church rector, Dean of Rock Island and Iowa Deanery and Diocesan public relations director.

Building a bigger nursery and “renovating our entryways,” soon might be possible, he said.

Other local Anglican churches are in Moline, Silvis and Geneseo.

The Quincy Diocese has been running for the better part of a decade without access to a bank account that was frozen as the court battle played out, Rev. Janikowski said.

The Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court in Springfield ruled in July that the Diocese of Quincy, Anglican Church in North America, is the proper owner of  financial assets and property claimed by The Episcopal Church in America when the Quincy Diocese split off in 2008.

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