Falls Church wins

Falls Church, one of the oldest congregations here in Virginia, broke away from the Episcopal church due to its rampant disregard of historic Christianity. The congregation, one of the largest in that denomination, affiliated itself with an archbishop from Nigeria. The Episcopal church sued, claiming that it now should get the congregation’s property. But a court last Thursday ruled in favor of the congregation, which will also mean that 11 other conservative parishes in Virginia that are breaking away will also get to keep their property. See this.

One of the priests from Falls Church spoke on our campus today and told us all about it.

There is so much here that is interesting: conservatives revolt against liberal theology; the liberals’ heavy-handed tactics against them; the role of “third world” Christianity–the old mission field–now becoming the protectors of the historic faith in the “first world” that once sent the missionaries.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • E Davis

    From the story: “This fall the court will consider our property claims against those who have left the Episcopal Church and yet continue to occupy Episcopal Church property while loyal Episcopalians are forced to worship elsewhere,” the diocese said Friday. “That is simply wrong.”

    By simply taking the word Episcopal out, isn’t this exactly what the Episcopalian leadership has already done to the entire Anglican church body in America?

  • E Davis

    From the story: “This fall the court will consider our property claims against those who have left the Episcopal Church and yet continue to occupy Episcopal Church property while loyal Episcopalians are forced to worship elsewhere,” the diocese said Friday. “That is simply wrong.”

    By simply taking the word Episcopal out, isn’t this exactly what the Episcopalian leadership has already done to the entire Anglican church body in America?

  • Joe

    Based on the story it seems that the Judge simply ruled on the applicability of the division statute and that he has not yet actually decided who gets to keep the property. And it looks like the Court has yet to rule on the constitutionality of the division statute.

    It is a favorable ruling but it looks like there is more to do before victory can be proclaimed.

  • Joe

    Based on the story it seems that the Judge simply ruled on the applicability of the division statute and that he has not yet actually decided who gets to keep the property. And it looks like the Court has yet to rule on the constitutionality of the division statute.

    It is a favorable ruling but it looks like there is more to do before victory can be proclaimed.

  • Pinon Coffee

    Nevertheless: yay! :-)

  • Pinon Coffee

    Nevertheless: yay! :-)

  • Kirk

    Yeah! That’s my church!

    Joe, you’re right, there still is a battle to be waged. The legal team seems to think that this was the major hurdle and that the fight will all be down hill from here. Of course, they could just be saying that, but hopefully it’s the truth.

    Essentially, what this does is gives the church a new lease on life. Win or lose, we’ve still got the builing for a while longer, at least.

  • Kirk

    Yeah! That’s my church!

    Joe, you’re right, there still is a battle to be waged. The legal team seems to think that this was the major hurdle and that the fight will all be down hill from here. Of course, they could just be saying that, but hopefully it’s the truth.

    Essentially, what this does is gives the church a new lease on life. Win or lose, we’ve still got the builing for a while longer, at least.

  • Joe

    I would say that the biggest hurdle now will be the constitutionality of the division statute.

    Here it is:
    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+57-9

    If it is upheld then it would seem that the dispute is over.

  • Joe

    I would say that the biggest hurdle now will be the constitutionality of the division statute.

    Here it is:
    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+57-9

    If it is upheld then it would seem that the dispute is over.

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  • Dave in Ft. Wayne

    This is good news. I hope the national press picks up on this. If Falls Church does eventually lose its property there would be nothing better than to see the church members hold the building in civil disobedience. By this I mean, make the Episcopal council have their fellow Anglicans arrested on national TV and evicted from their church home. Let’s see how much guts they have in this game of “chicken”. I hope it doesn’t come to that but it may. Keep fighting the good fight!

  • Dave in Ft. Wayne

    This is good news. I hope the national press picks up on this. If Falls Church does eventually lose its property there would be nothing better than to see the church members hold the building in civil disobedience. By this I mean, make the Episcopal council have their fellow Anglicans arrested on national TV and evicted from their church home. Let’s see how much guts they have in this game of “chicken”. I hope it doesn’t come to that but it may. Keep fighting the good fight!


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