Virginia Legal News

Judge rules in favor of breakaway congregations

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on August 21, 2008

A Fairfax County judge dealt the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia a third defeat in their efforts to retain millions of dollars of church property being held by 11 breakaway congregation.  On Tuesday, Circuit Judge Randy I. Bellows ruled on whether the U.S. Constitution’s contracts clause applies to the case and whether the breakaway churches had the right to invoke what’s been termed the “division statute,” an 1867 law that allows a majority of a breakaway church to retain the property.

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