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Liberty Brief

Liberty Brief

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Liberty Institute files amicus brief involving the Diocese of Fort Worth.
Liberty Institute files amicus brief involving the Diocese of Fort Worth.

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No. 11
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0265
 
In the Supreme Court of Texas
 
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, et al.,
 
 Appellants
 
v.
 
The Episcopal Church, et al.,
 
 Appellees
 
On appeal from the
 
141st District Court of Tarrant County, Texas
 
Cause No. 141
-
252083
-
11
 
 Amicus Curiae
 
Brief of Liberty
Institute
 
Kelly J. Shackelford
 
Texas Bar No.
18070950
 
Jeffrey C. Mateer
 
Texas Bar No.
 
13185320
 
Hiram S. Sasser, III
 
Texas Bar No.
 
24039157
 
Justin E. Butterfield
 
Texas Bar No. 24062642
 
L
IBERTY
I
NSTITUTE
 
2001 W. Plano Parkway, Suite
1600
 
Plano, Texas 75075
 
Ph. (972) 941
4444
 
Fax. (972) 941
4457
 
kshackelford@libertyinstitute.org
 
Counsel for 
Amicus Curiae
FILEDIN THE SUPREME COURTOF TEXAS12 August 29 A10:41BLAKE. A. HAWTHORNECLERK
 
i
 
Table of Contents
 
Table of Authorities
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ii
Interest of the
 Amicus Curiae
..............................................................................................
1
Summary of the Argument
..................................................................................................
1
Argument
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2
A.
In religious disputes involving property, courts should defer to the
highest unambiguous ecclesiastical authority.
..............................................
3
B.
When the highest ecclesiastical authority is ambiguous, the suit
should be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
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8
Conclusion
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14
Certificate of Service
.........................................................................................................
15
 

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