The Vancouver Sun reports Anglican diocese retains ownership of four disputed church properties.
The Anglican diocese of the Lower Mainland will be able to retain ownership of four disputed parish properties worth more than $20 million, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled today.
Justice Stephen Kelleher decided against conservative Anglican dissidents who went to court claiming they deserve to have legal control of St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church in Vancouver — one of the largest Anglican congregations in Canada — as well as three other Lower Mainland church properties…
The Diocese of New Westminster issued a press release, and also published the full text of the judgment as a PDF file.
Reasons for Judgment is a PDF of Justice Kelleher’s decision.
The Anglican Network in Canada also isssued a press release, titled BC Supreme Court issues mixed decision in church property dispute.
Bishop Michael Ingham has issued a pastoral letter. It includes this paragraph:
…I intend to invite these congregations to remain in the buildings where they worship and to move forward together with us in the Diocese as one people under God. I intend to appoint new clergy who will respect and continue the worshipping style of the congregations, who will also work cooperatively with me and the Diocese…