Thursday, February 18, 2021

Cert. Petition Filed In Ecclesiastical Abstention Case

A petition for certiorari (full text) was filed in the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday in North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Inc. v. McRaney, (cert. filed 2/17/2021). In the case the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, by a vote of 9-8, denied en banc review of a panel decision that had refused to invoke the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine in a dispute between the Mission Board and its former executive director. (See prior posting.) First Liberty issued a press release announcing the filing of the petition for review.