SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court says three
parishes that left the Episcopal Church over gay ordination and
Biblical interpretation cannot retain ownership of their church property.
In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that the church
buildings and other property belonged to the parishes only as long
as they remained part of the denomination.
Los Angeles Bishop Jon Bruno says St. James Church in Newport Beach, St. David's Church in North Hollywood and All Saints Church
in Long Beach will return to being "active and vital congregations
in the Episcopal Church."
But the chancellor of the dissident Anglican Communion Network, Wicks Stephens, predicts that the denomination will be left with
"empty churches" whose members have departed.
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