Anglicans file St. Luke’s appeal

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From the Glendale News-Press:

GLENDALE — St. Luke’s Anglican Church, which was forced to vacate a historic church building on Foothill Boulevard earlier this year after a state court said the congregation wasn’t the legal owner, asked the U.S. Supreme Court today to review the decision.

St. Luke's Anglican Church in La Crescenta on Thursday, June 4, 2009. (Roger Wilson/News-Press)

On June 9, a state appellate court issued a ruling that upheld a Los Angeles County Superior Court ruling in 2007 that the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles had the right to restore the St. Luke’s church under its authority after the Anglican congregation severed ties several years earlier.

Months later, the Anglican congregation was forced to move out and the Episcopal Diocese took over the property.

In their filing with the High Court, attorney for the Anglican congregation argued that the state appellate court gave the Episcopal Diocese “a special power — not available to nonreligious persons or nondenominational churches — to seize its property and take over its corporation based on its religious affiliation.”

Developing story here.


Written by Veronica Rocha

December 16, 2009 at 1:47 pm

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