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David Moyer pursues rejection with subpoena

18 April 2012

by a staff reporter

THE Revd David Moyer has served a subpoena on the man who told him that he could not be a priest in the RC Ordinariate in the United States (News, 10 February).

Mr Moyer, who had been nominated to serve as a Bishop of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), a Continuing Church, and a member of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), issued the notices on Good Friday to the Ordinary for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, the Revd Dr Jeffrey Steenson, and another to the blogger David Virtue.

It is another twist in the com­plicated history of a man who has been at odds with the Episcopal Church for a decade.

Mr Moyer was forced out of his parish in Rosemount, Philadelphia, last year by a court order, after the Bishop of Pennsylvania, the Rt Revd Charles E. Bennison, ruled that he had “broken communion” with the diocese and the Episcopal Church (News, 16 September 2011). Mr Moyer had hoped to enter the new Ordinariate as a priest, but

he did not receive the required votum from the RC Archbishop of Philadelphia, the Most Revd Charles Chaput. News of this decision was conveyed to Mr Moyer by Dr Steenson.

The subpoena relates to Mr Moyer’s continuing suit for defama­tion and fraud against his former attorney.

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