Supreme Court declines $100M Episcopal Church property case, lets breakaway diocese’s victory stand

Feb 23, 2021 by

by Michael Gryboski, Christian Post:

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from The Episcopal Church over a dispute with a breakaway Texas diocese leadership over an estimated $100 million in church property.

In orders released Monday, the high court denied certiorari in the combined cases of All Saints’ Episcopal Church v. Diocese of Fort Worth and The Episcopal Church et al. v. Diocese of Fort Worth.

As a result, an earlier ruling awarding the 60 church properties to the breakaway diocese that voted to leave the denomination over theological differences on issues like same-sex marriage and the ordination of women will stand.

The breakaway diocese’s Bishop Ryan Reed said the court’s decision marked “a turning point” for the diocese.

“After directing so many resources to this dispute, we can now put our entire focus on Gospel ministry and Kingdom work,” Reed said in a statement. “We are nearing completion on a strategic plan that will keep us focused on sharing the transforming love of Jesus Christ and our mission to equip the saints for the work of ministry.”

The Christian Post reached out to The Episcopal Church for comments on the decision. A response is pending.

In 2008, a majority of the Fort Worth Diocese voted to leave The Episcopal Church over the overall liberal theological direction of the mainline Protestant denomination.

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