It has been a busy two days in Episcopal Land and the world of legal doings. On Monday the Supreme Court determined not to take up a review of the judgment of the Supreme Court of California in favor of the Diocese of Los Angeles against those who had left two parishes and claimed the property for their own. See the ENS article "LOS ANGELES: U.S. Supreme Court declines to review California property decision," HERE.
Late afternoon today, Tuesday, a judge in Pittsburgh ruled in favor of the continuing Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh and against the break-away group that also contends that it is the Diocese of Pittsburgh. See the ENS article "PITTSBURGH: Judge says diocesan property belongs to the Episcopal Church's Diocese of Pittsburgh" HERE.
There will be considerable efforts for various legal hounds to chase their own tails here, and it may go on for some time, but the facts on the ground right now seem to support the rights of Dioceses of the Episcopal Church to maintain control of property when a large portion of a congregation leaves the Church.
It is beginning to look as if the South Carolina Pawley's Island case is an exception.