Church Property Dispute


June 6, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] The last of seven breakaway congregations that had legal disputes with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church has sought permission to appeal a judge’s order that it return control of certain church property to the diocese.

The Falls...

March 2, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] Seven breakaway congregations have been ordered by a judge to return control of church property to the Diocese of Virginia by April 30.

Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Randy I. Bellows set that date after he refused March 1 to reconsider, as requested by the...

February 21, 2011

Two Episcopal Church dioceses, Virginia and Pittsburgh, continue to make progress in settling disputes over property.

The Diocese of Virginia announced a settlement with Church of Our Saviour, Oatlands, following a Feb. 20 congregational vote in favor of the move. Our Saviour is one of...

February 13, 2011

For the second time in two weeks, the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh has announced an agreement resolving parish property issues with a group of former Episcopalians.

The diocese announced the agreement Feb. 14 with the Somerset Anglican Fellowship.

According to a diocesan press...

February 2, 2011

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has upheld a lower court ruling that said the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is the trustee of diocesan-held property and assets.

The court, a statewide intermediate appeals court, said in a Feb. 2 opinion that Allegheny County Court of Common...

January 21, 2011

A Texas judge on Jan. 21 ordered a dissident group to return "all property, as well as control of the diocesan corporation" within 60 days to the Episcopalian leaders in Fort Worth who have remained loyal to the Episcopal Church.

Tarrant County District Court Judge John Chupp cited the...

July 8, 2010

The Georgia Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court ruling that the real property and other assets of Christ Church Episcopal in Savannah are held in trust for the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia and the Episcopal Church.

The text of the opinion is here.

The Episcopal Church, the...

June 9, 2010

The Supreme Court of Virginia on June 10 ruled in favor of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church in a church property dispute.

The text of the 32-page ruling is here.

A lower court had ruled that the nine breakaway congregations involved in the cases were...

March 1, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court announced March 1 that it would not hear a petition from a breakaway group seeking to regain the property of St. Luke's of-the-Mountains Episcopal Church in La Crescenta, California, in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

In a statement on March 1, Bishop of Los...

October 5, 2009

A judge ruled October 6 that the organization headed by former Bishop Robert Duncan that left the Episcopal Church's Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2008 cannot continue to hold any diocesan assets.

On October 4, 2008 a majority of the delegates to the diocese's 143rd annual convention voted to...