Court denies rehearing in California case

We earlier reported that the Diocese of Los Angeles had prevailed on appeal, against St. James, Newport Beach, St. David’s, North Hollywood, All Saints, Long Beach and others. These churches were attempting to claim ownership of parish property although the Consitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church affirm that all property is held in trust for The Episcopal Church.

Yesterday, the California Court of Appeals denied the motion for rehearing by the losing congregations. The court docket showing this order can be found here (scroll down to 07/24/2007).

The congregations now have ten days to petition for review to the California Supreme Court. Such an appeal is discretionary. The California Supreme Court need not hear the case.

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