Church Asks High Court To Judge Property Dispute

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Nashville church that broke away from the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee is asking the state Supreme Court to hear a dispute over who owns the church property.

St. Andrew's Parish left the diocese in 2006, joining a breakaway Anglican diocese based in Quincy, Ill. Three years later, the Diocese of Tennessee sued to reclaim the St. Andrew's property, which it claims was held in trust by the congregation. The St. Andrew's congregation contends it owns the property outright.

After a court-ordered mediation failed, a Nashville judge ruled in favor of the diocese in 2010. In April of this year, St. Andrew's lost an appeal at the state level.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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