St. James and All Saints churches cut ties to the national Episcopal Church in August and placed themselves under the jurisdiction of a conservative Anglican bishop in Uganda. St. David's Church in North Hollywood later followed suit. The parishes say they have divergent views on biblical interpretation and homosexuality.
+The diocese filed its suit against the churches Sept. 7, seeking return of church property, including prayer books and hymnals. After the lawsuits were filed, the Rt. Rev. J. John Bruno, bishop of the Los Angeles Diocese, issued a statement saying he had no choice but to sue to preserve the churches as houses of worship for faithful Episcopalians, as they had been used since being founded.
Lawyers for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and three breakaway parishes met in mediation but failed to settle a lawsuit stemming from a dispute over who owns church property, an attorney said.
+The suit, filed by the diocese against St. James Church in Newport Beach, All Saints Church in Long Beach and St. David's Church in North Hollywood will now proceed through the court, Daniel Lula, who represents the parishes, said Thursday.
Saturday, April 30, 2005