Monday, September 03, 2007

The Diocese of Central New York and St. Andrew’s, Syracuse “split up legally”

And this is what happens when as Christians, we ignore Paul's admonition in 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 on lawsuits among believers:

A Syracuse church and the local Episcopal diocese are legally splitting up - and, as with court-approved divorces, much of the settlement involves the division of property.

The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York retains ownership of St. Andrew's Church, but members of the breakaway parish will get to use the building rent-free for up to a year, according to the settlement.

The settlement - accepted Tuesday by state Supreme Court Justice James Murphy - will result in the court-ordered dissolution of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 5013 S. Salina St., at the end of the year. . .

. . . After St. Andrew's designated the bishop of Rwanda its leader and hired a pastor who was not licensed to minister here, the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York sued the church in July 2006. The diocese said it owns the church building, rectory and parish assets. Similar legal battles are taking place all over the country.

In June, members of another church in the local diocese, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Vestal, voted to leave the Episcopal Church and join the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, an Orthodox group of churches. And the pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton has indicated his parish intends to leave the Episcopal Church, said the Rev. Karen C. Lewis, assistant to Bishop Gladstone "Skip" Adams.

The diocese has not taken legal action against those two parishes, Lewis said. . .

H/t to Stand Firm.

Read it all from The [Syracuse] Post Standard.

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