The news from Connecticut this week that parishioners of Groton parish in the Diocese of Connecticut who wish to leave The Episcopal Church cannot, just like that, walk off with the property is good news. It may be, as Bishop Douglas is reported to have said, a sad circumstance in which there are no victors, but the ruling by the State Supreme Court is clarifying. People can leave, but the property is not theirs by right.
The AP report, by Dave Collins, reads, Conn. court: breakaway parish can't keep property. There is much to recommend in this article, but there are two glaring errors in the text. According to the Kansas City Star and the Associated Press,
"Both the 2 million-member Episcopal Church in the U.S. and the Convocation of Anglicans in North America are branches of the 77 million-member Anglican Communion, which traces its roots to the Church of England. Anglicans split from Rome in 1534 when English King Henry VIII was refused a marriage annulment. The Convocation of Anglicans says it has 95 congregations and over 250 clergy in more than 30 states and Washington, D.C."