Rival congregations that battled for five years over rights to Georgia's "Mother Church" after splitting in a disagreement over doctrine have settled their lingering legal disputes, both sides said Thursday.
The settlement gives the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia all rights to the property and assets of Christ Church, established by the state's colonial founders in 1733, as well as rights to the names Christ Church Savannah and the Mother Church of Georgia.
The congregation that broke away from the Episcopal Church will take on the name Christ Church Anglican.
Christ Church's pastor and congregation split from the Episcopal Church in 2007, but kept the church's 1840 sanctuary and property.
The breakaway group's leaders argue they left the Episcopal Church following decades of disagreement about doctrine, such as the path to God through Jesus and the importance of evangelization.
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