Monday, February 7, 2011

Assets to stay with diocese, court agrees

From The Pittsburgh Tribune Review-

A state appeals court on Wednesday ruled that $20 million in endowments will stay with the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.

The Commonwealth Court's decision upholds a 2009 ruling from Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph M. James, who said that the diocese should retain control of diocesan assets even after dozens of parishes broke away over issues such as abortion and the consecration of a noncelibate gay bishop.

In 2008, conservative Western Pennsylvania congregations led by Robert Duncan, the former bishop of the Episcopal church here, left the church and formed the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh.

The legal wrangling over assets might not be over. A spokesman for Duncan said he had not decided whether there would be an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

"The decision of the Appellate Court is deeply disappointing," Duncan said in a written statement. "In the next hours and days, the bishop and standing committee will pray and take counsel about our corporate path forward, both as congregations and as a diocese."

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