Fort Worth Episcopal Diocese Ready to Fight the Church Over Property

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Earlier this month, leaders of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth said they were considering leaving the Episcopal Church, which they consider too liberal, and affiliating with "another province of the worldwide Anglican Communion," according to this Dallas Morning News story. And as reporter Sam Hodges pointed out, "Should the diocese withdraw, it could find itself fighting the Episcopal Church over who owns church buildings and other property."

Well, the diocese is preparing for just such a fight: This week, Rev. Jack Leo Iker, the Bishop of Fort Worth, had his peeps -- which is to say, the Diocesan Chancellors -- prep a report titled "How Real Property is Held within the Diocese of Fort Worth," and it begins with a history lesson concerning the diocese's split in the early '80s from the Diocese of Dallas. "A fair amount of misinformation has been bandied about in various forums," writes Iker in the introduction to the report, which can be found here, for those so interested. --Robert Wilonsky

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