Saturday, March 19, 2011

Court rules against Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in property dispute

From Ft. Worth (the headline is a little misleading)

The Episcopal Church of the United States is the rightful owner of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd property in San Angelo, a Texas appeals court has ruled, upholding a trial court's judgment. In an opinion issued this week, the 3rd Court of Appeals rejected arguments by breakaway parishioners that control of the property rested with the majority of parishioners.

The breakaway group had also said the trial court failed to apply the proper law to resolve the dispute.

A state district judge in Fort Worth ruled in January that a group of Episcopalians headed by Bishop Jack Iker had to surrender control of all diocese property to the national church.

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