Eleven conservative congregations which broke with the U.S. Episcopal Church and want to keep property worth millions of dollars have won a second court decision, the dissident churches said on Friday.
The latest ruling by a Virginia judge is part of the upheaval over orthodoxy in the global Anglican community.
The Episcopal Church, the faith's U.S. branch, has been beset by disputes, including one involving the installation of an openly gay bishop.
On Friday, Judge Randy Bellows of the Fairfax County Circuit Court ruled that the Virginia law under which the congregations want to keep the property is constitutional, the 11 churches said.
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-Why do we have such a hard time with the constitution? It says what it says yeah?
-Should churches go to court?
-Do you think this is a good thing the for church or is it bad?
-Is this issue an issue to split over?