Pa. Episcopal Church Sues Parishes for $20 Million

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh is suing
its breakaway parishes to recover $20 million in assets it believes
were wrongfully taken when the conservative branches split from the
liberal diocese in October.

Spokesman Rich Creehan says the church made the request Thursday
to the Court of Common Pleas after it was "ignored" by Bishop Robert Duncan's breakaway parishes.

A spokesman for the 50 branches that split off from the Episcopal Church of the United States says they now represent a majority of Pittsburgh Episcopalians. The Rev. Peter Frank says the assets should be fairly divided.

The split was due to differences ranging from homosexuality to biblical teachings on salvation.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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