Free Church at War over Control of [Pounds Sterling]100m; Congregations in Chaos as Fight over Assets Goes to Court

Daily Mail (London), October 13, 2004 | Go to article overview

Free Church at War over Control of [Pounds Sterling]100m; Congregations in Chaos as Fight over Assets Goes to Court


Byline: CHRISTINA STOKES

THE warring factions of the Free Church of Scotland went to court yesterday in a fight over [pounds sterling]100million of assets.

The Church split in 2000 after a senior minister was falsely accused of molesting a number of women.

Five years earlier, Professor Donald Macleod had been accused of sexual assaults involving four women. But a sheriff cleared him and said the entire case was a conspiracy against the professor by other members of the Church.

He added that a group of elders had tried to 'frame' him because of his relatively liberal views on issues such as women wearing hats in church and the singing of Christmas carols.

But a group of ministers refused to accept the verdict and insisted that the Free Church hold an internal inquiry into the affair.

When the Church's governing body, the General Assembly, refused, a group of 22 ministers and their congregations split and formed the hardline Free Church of Scotland (Continuing).

The split resulted in chaos, as warring groups changed the locks of their churches and set up rival congregations.

Ministers from the breakaway faction claim all the Church's property belongs to them - including more than 100 churches and manses - because they claim they are now the true Free Church.

However, this is disputed by the 161-year- old main body of the Church.

Yesterday, in front of Lady Paton at the Court of Session, Ruth Charteris, advocate for the Free Church of Scotland, described how, in 1995, Sheriff John Horsburgh QC found there was no evidence against Professor Macleod.

The General Assembly decided to accept that decision.

But a small group of ministers, calling themselves the Free Church Defence Association, found this unsatisfactory and tried unsuccessfully to get the case reopened. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Free Church at War over Control of [Pounds Sterling]100m; Congregations in Chaos as Fight over Assets Goes to Court
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.