Saturday, March 19, 2011

Local Churches Waiting To Hear Ruling On Church Properties

From Ft. Worth-

Some local worshippers may have to look for a new place to meet on Sundays. A few hundred church members are waiting for the final word from the courts over a disagreement that has left parishioners split.

A recent court ruling has stemmed from disagreements in the Episcopal Church. About two years ago there was a rift among delegates to the Episcopal Church in the united states. 80% of the delegates didn't feel in good conscience about some teachings of the church.

"The Episcopal Church started to look in the bible and say, 'Ya know, I don't really care for this page, and they would vote on it and take it out.' And that's when we decided to take the stance and leave the episcopal church," said the Very Reverend Scott Wooten, a priest at the Church of the good Shepherd in Wichita Falls.

At that point, things got complicated. There are currently two groups called the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. Each claims to be the original diocese of the church, and says the other one is a newly formed diocese.

The minority group filed a lawsuit against the majority, saying because the Episcopal Church is hierarchal, it owns all the church buildings built by generations of Episcopalians. Wooten and the majority, however, say the diocese are independent from any governing national body, and therefore plan to appeal the recent ruling that sided with the minority.

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