So hand it over and walk away. They’ll be better off for doing it.
So sad and it assumes that these parishes are subject to the Dennis Canon which they are not.
It’s just my opinion, but I think any “Church” that evolves—and morphs into something which flips the Bible on its head—saying Evil is Good—should be stripped of the “Christian” name.
Any “Christian” church that glorifies the sins in the Bible—and actually claims sodomy as good, worships at the altar of Baal and they should have to Change the name of their god who is really Satan.
You don’t have “majority vote” on changing the Bible’s basic concepts of Good and Evil—especially when it defies Natural Law—so beautifully explained by St. Thomas Aquinas. Natural Moral Law and God’s Laws never differ and Natural Law predated the New Testament and is the basis of reason.
Here is a good review of the case by Anglican Curmudgeon.
This is always a tough thing to decide. On the one hand, the buildings and property probably belong to the denomination. On the other hand, it was the parishioners, and their predecessors, who paid for it.
The people who are using the church could continue to use it. The Episcopal Church has betrayed all its principles, and it’s doubtful, with the current, local congregation leaving, that they’ll be able to fill the church with new customers, or pay for its upkeep.
Maybe they can sell it to the Muslims at a fire sale price?
Also, what’s with this not being able to use the word Episcopal in their name? Doesn’t this idiot judge know that that just means “church”? So it’s the Church Church?
This is a shame. Truro Parish is the parish of my ancestors, even though I am not an Episcopalian, I feel the parish has been defiled.
A Virginia judge has ordered seven congregations that broke from the Episcopal Church to return all property to the local diocese -- from valuable land to sacred chalices -- by April 30.
Gut feeling (talk is cheap), they should walk, leave their stuff behind and be free of it.
Bellows also ordered the breakaway congregations not to use the name "Episcopal" or "Episcopalian" in their names.
"Episcopal" is an adjective, referring to a particular form of church government. ECUSA has a lock on an adjective now?