Breakaway parish retains disputed land

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a conservative congregation can retain its property even though it broke away from
the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

Fairfax County Circuit Judge Randy Bellows ruled that Truro Church can keep a $1.2 million parcel of disputed land.

The ruling stems from a property dispute between the Episcopal Church and 11 conservative congregations that broke away amid
disagreements over biblical authority and gay issues.

Truro Church and The Falls Church were two of Virginia's largest
Episcopal parishes before they left the denomination to join with more conservative Anglicans in the U.S. and abroad.

Trial arguments next week will focus on ownership of The Falls Church property.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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