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Court orders LA church to return property to Episcopal diocese

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Under a court order, a breakaway Anglican church in La Crescenta has one week to relinquish its property to the Los Angeles Episcopal Diocese. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall says the congregation split from the diocese over the consecration of a gay bishop.

For three years, St. Luke’s Anglican Church has affiliated with other self-described orthodox Anglican congregations that opposed the elevation of a gay priest as bishop of New Hampshire. St. Luke’s is one of several parishes that broke away from the American Episcopal Church over that development, maintaining that it violates biblical teaching.

Los Angeles’ Episcopal diocese determined that it, not St. Luke’s, owned the church property, and the matter went all the way to the California Supreme Court. That court declined to hear the case, and an L.A. Superior Court judge ordered St. Luke’s to turn its property over to the diocese. The parish rector maintains that there’s no resolution to the matter until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to hear a similar case that involves another breakaway Episcopal congregation.