Wednesday, June 16, 2010

State Supreme Court overturns Episcopal property case

From Fairfax VA

A 3-year-old property dispute between Episcopalians and Anglicans will continue after the Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a Fairfax County Circuit Court ruling in the case and sent it back to the Circuit Court for further proceedings.

Nine Virginia churches that broke away from the Episcopal Church in early 2007 to join a more conservative Anglican Church are fighting to retain their properties, estimated to be worth as much as $40 million. To date, both churches have spent more than $5 million each in litigation costs, according to officials on both sides of the dispute.

Among the area congregations now aligned with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America are Church of the Apostles in Fairfax, Church of the Epiphany in Herndon, Church of Our Saviour in Oatlands, Truro in Fairfax City, and The Falls Church.

Citing a determination "to restore constitutional and legal protections for all churches in Virginia," the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia earlier this year filed a petition to appeal a 2009 Fairfax County Circuit Court decision upholding a controversial Civil War-era Virginia law called the "Division Statute."

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