Church Property Dispute

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July 24, 2009

The following is a statement from the office of Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori concerning the Superior Court ruling in Fresno County, California.

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The Presiding Bishop's Office announced that on July 21, 2009, the Superior Court of...

April 14, 2009

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, along with The Episcopal Church (TEC) on April 14 filed a lawsuit in 141st district court in Tarrant County, Texas, to recover property and assets held by former diocesan leaders who realigned themselves with the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone.

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April 7, 2009

The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church each asked the state Supreme Court April 7 to review a Fairfax County Court judge's rulings in a series of church property lawsuits.

The diocese said in a news release that is appealing for the review on a number of grounds,...

March 3, 2009

The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania has gone to court to get a breakaway congregation, its deposed priest and lay leaders to relinquish parish property.

The diocese said in its filing with the Montgomery Country Court of Common Pleas that because the persons purporting to serve on the...

February 10, 2009

Opposing sides in a festering property dispute involving a landmark downtown Colorado Springs church faced off in an El Paso County district courtroom on February 10.

Judge Larry Schwartz is expected to hear opening arguments today and will be asked to decide whether those who leave the...

January 15, 2009

In private conversations, Episcopal Church leaders from various dioceses tell me that two important reasons for suing to retain title to assets of parishes and dioceses that wish to disaffiliate from the denomination are fairness to the faithful Episcopal remnant and deterring others from...

January 14, 2009

When I read about the dioceses of San Joaquin, Pittsburgh, Quincy and Fort Worth jockeying to transfer their diocesan properties to the Province of the Southern Cone, my mind immediately jumps to Luke 15:11: "There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to the father, 'Father,...

January 7, 2009

The current leaders of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh January 8 asked a special master overseeing diocesan assets to give them control over those assets.

 

The request by the diocese and Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh was made to the Court of Common Pleas in Allegheny...

January 4, 2009

In a landmark ruling that could have national implications, the California Supreme Court on January 5 upheld an earlier court decision that buildings and property do not belong to dissident congregations but to the Diocese of Los Angeles and the general Episcopal Church.

Associate...

December 24, 2008

The New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, has ruled that the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester owns property that All Saints Anglican Church in Irondequoit attempted to claim.

 

The ruling affirmed lower court decisions in favor of the diocese. The Episcopal...

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