July 10, 2010
A group of breakaway Episcopal Church congregations is asking the Virginia Supreme Court to reconsider a recent ruling stripping them of property worth an estimated $30 million to $40 million.
In June the court overturned a judge's decision giving the nine northern Virginia congregations the property. It said the judge erred when, relying on an 1867 statute, he ruled that the congregations were a branch of the Episcopal Church and could keep the property.
In a filing sent to the court Saturday, the congregations argued that they are in fact branches that divided from the church.
The congregations split from the Episcopal Church in a disagreement over acceptance of gays, the ordination of women and other theological issues and aligned with the more conservative Convocation
of Anglicans in North America.