Daniel Van Oudenaren

Anglicans and a Supreme Court victory in North Texas

Religion | Conservatives seeking to retain church property score a rare legal win
by Daniel Van Oudenaren
Posted 6/02/20, 04:48 pm

Doctrinally conservative Episcopalians have rebranded as “Anglicans” in many parts of the United States, but some are still holding on to the name “Episcopal”—and not just as a matter of branding. In North Texas, two groups call themselves the “Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.” Each claimed rightful ownership of some 60 church properties worth over $100 million.

The Texas courts were forced to decide: Which was the real Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, and which, in effect, was the imposter?

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The Huns, the Herd, the Barbarians

Sports | Rugby sets out to conquer America
by Daniel Van Oudenaren
Posted 1/02/20, 04:36 pm

If you were trying to pick a sport that wouldn’t land your child on a stretcher, you might not think of rugby. But a belief that rugby is safer than football is helping the sport grow.

Julie Nicholson is an Austin mom who put her son in rugby in part because she heard it was safer than football—less plagued by controversy over CTE, a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated head injuries.

Her son, Connor, 16, ended up tearing his shoulder on the rugby field and needing surgery.

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