2024-06-24 5:58 PM

Judge Rules Defectors Have No Claim on Endowment $

Buoyed by the ruling of Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Randy Bellows last week that defectors from the Falls Church Episcopal Church do not have a right to the church’s endowment fund, Falls Church’s “Continuing Episcopalians” are now mulling how to put the fund’s approximately $750,000 to its intended work of “furthering the Christian ministry in […]

F.C. `Continuing Episcopalian’ Leader Vows `We’ll Never Quit’

“We are a parish. We are self-sustaining. We won’t ever quit.” So said Bill Fetsch, senior warden of Falls Church’s “Continuing Episcopalians,” a group of more than 100 who have been banned since December 2006 by defectors from access to their historic church property.

Battle for Episcopal Properties Back in Court

The second of the three-phase trial to determine ownership of church properties now occupied by defectors from the Episcopal Church got underway in Fairfax yesterday, this phase centered on the constitutionality of an 1867 Virginia law. At issue is who will eventually own and occupy the properties such as the campus which is home to […]

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Constitutionality of Va. Law is Next Phase of Church Case

Leaders of Falls Church Episcopalians who’ve remained aligned with the national Episcopal Church, after an arch-conservative majority from their local church voted to defect in 2006, said they were “saddened” by last week’s initial court ruling on who gets to control the historic church property.

Judge Vows Episcopal Property Ruling Friday

It’s been two-and-a-half months since the date he’d originally set for making his ruling, but Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Randy Bellows will rule on the ownership of the Falls Church Episcopal Church and 10 other Church properties this Friday, according to a notification from his law clerk issued to attorneys in the case yesterday.

Phase 1 of Church Property Trial Ends, 1st Amendment Issues Next

Phase One of a three-phase legal process to determine ownership of the property of 11 Virginia congregations that voted to leave the Episcopal Church – including The Falls Church – ended abruptly in a Fairfax circuit courtroom Tuesday. Constitutionality arguments, pertaining to the First Amendment and the separation of church and state, are up next.

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