Thursday, March 7, 2013

Court ruling supports breakaway diocese in battle with Episcopal Church

From San Joaquin-

A judge on Wednesday tentatively rejected a motion by the Episcopal Church that would likely have meant victory in its nearly five-year church property battle with the breakaway Diocese of San Joaquin.

In a seven-page written ruling, however, Fresno County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Hamilton suggested the Episcopal Church may simply have failed to submit the documents necessary to prove its case.

The matter will be orally argued before Hamilton next Wednesday. If he affirms his tentative ruling, the Episcopal Church could appeal the ruling or the matter could move to a trial.

At stake is who owns property, such as bank accounts, the actual churches and a conference retreat center in Oakhurst. Is it the Episcopal Church and its Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, or is it the breakaway Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin?

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