Friday, September 16, 2011

Anglicans (sic) and Episcopalians still at odds over ownership of churches

From Virginia-

Litigation over ownership of St. Stephens Church in Heathsville and eight other churches that formerly housed Episcopal congregations entered a new phase when the parties filed their post-trial briefs in August.

The briefs followed a 22-day trial at which 67 witnesses appeared and "thousands of exhibits" were filed, according to the brief for the defendant churches all of which have disassociated themselves from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and joined the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA). According to the schedule set up by the Circuit Court of Fairfax where the case over ownership of the nine churches is being tried, the parties may respond to each other's briefs by Sept. 23 and after that the court may hear oral argument and decide the cases.

The briefs filed by the CANA churches, which includes the St. Stephens Anglican congregation, and those filed by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and the national Episcopal Church all run to about 200 pages and are packed with court citations and arguments over what the cases cited mean.

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