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Anglican traditionalists challenge Episcopalian diocese in claim to parish property

February 10, 2011

In Connecticut, a conservative Anglican parish has gone before the state’s highest court with its plea to retain parish properties, to which the Episcopal diocese claims title. The parish argues that it should no longer be under the control of the Episcopal diocese, because the Episcopal Church has, in effect, altered the content of the faith. "We're hoping that the court will decide that it's not fair for the diocese to keep our property when they've changed the doctrines of the church," a parishioner told AP.


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  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Feb. 10, 2011 6:45 PM ET USA

    Legal precedent has been set in Colorado Springs (Episcopal Diocese of Colorado v. Grace Church and St. Stephens Parish) whereby the rector and vestry "withdrew" from the diocese and said the parish was now Anglican and under a Nigerian Anglican bishop. Not so, said the court, which ruled in favor of the diocese. The priest and his followers were ordered to vacate the property immediately and return it to loyal Episcopalians who had been worshiping in a nearby Disciples of Christ church.