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Letters to AO

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Letters from 16 to 29 January 2012

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(Editor's note: the following letter was submitted to us last week, but in the chaos of a computer system upgrade we lost it. But now it's found. We apologize for the bungling and for the accidental snub of Mr Rindahl.)

Everyone Loses

In this week's cover article the following comment is made, "We wonder whether the Virginia congregations, when they are eventually permitted to return to their big stone church buildings..."

This statement assumes that the parish congregation was evicted from the building. In fact the parishioners who worship in these buildings are the majority members who voted to break away from the ECUSA diocese and are "the congregation." These parishioners, assuming no further legal wrangling, will be evicted from their buildings. This, in turn, leaves empty buildings (many with huge associated operating costs/debt maintenance) in the hands of the diocese. ECUSA has proclaimed a prohibition against selling the buildings to the original congregations. Instead, they will be sold off to others - even to non-Christian purchasers (At least one disputed building has been turned into a mosque).

Millions upon millions have been spent in order to obtain debts. The buildings will be liquidated to any purchaser EXCEPT FOR the people who want to be there and have worshipped there for all living history. A sad state of affairs regardless of whose side one supports.

Steven Rindahl
Christ the King Chapel
Ft Jackson, SC
16 January 2012

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