Texas Supreme Court wades into Episcopal dispute

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Wading into the tricky legal waters where religion and government meet, the Texas Supreme Court will decide who owns 52 Fort Worth-area churches — the national Episcopal Church or the diocese that broke away in protest of the consecration of a gay bishop, the ordination of women and other liberal policies.

The properties at stake are worth more than $100 million, making this the largest church-property dispute in Texas history, and probably in U.S. history as well, lawyers say.

What’s more, the court decision will affect the way Texas handles future church disputes by further pinning down a moving legal target: the dividing line between the free exercise of religion, as guaranteed by the First Amendment, and state laws affecting property, nonprofits and related areas.

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)TEC ConflictsTEC Conflicts: Fort Worth* Culture-WatchLaw & Legal Issues

Posted December 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. CSeitz-ACI wrote:

Wonder why we get a story on this at this point in time? One doubts the decision will happen any time soon—probably summer.

December 30, 2:49 pm | [comment link]
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