Supreme Court dates set in U.S. property cases: The Church of England Newspaper, October 21, 2012, p. 6. October 25, 2012Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Fort Worth, Property Litigation, Virginia.
The Supreme Court of Virginia has announced that it will hear oral argument on the Virginia church property cases on 16 October 2012. The news of the Virginia hearing follows upon last month’s announcement by the Texas Supreme Court that it will hear argument on the dispute between the Diocese of Fort Worth and the national Episcopal Church on the same day in Austin, Texas.
The Virginia court will hear 15 minutes of argument from attorneys representing the Falls Church and the Attorney General of Virginia, who have asked the court to overturn a lower court decision giving ownership of the church’s property to the Diocese of Virginia. Virginia’s Attorney General has intervened in the case on the side of the parish, arguing the lower court erred in ordering cash donated to the congregation be given to the diocese violated charity laws.
The Texas Supreme Court will hear arguments reviewing a lower court decision giving control o diocesan assets to a rump group controlled by the national church. The Texas court will rule on the issue of whether a diocese may withdraw from the national church.
First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.