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Conn. court: breakaway parish can't keep property

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    Conn. court: breakaway parish can t keep property By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A 135-year-old parish that broke away from the
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      Conn. court: breakaway parish can't keep property
      By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

      HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A 135-year-old parish that broke away from the
      Episcopal Church after it consecrated its first openly gay bishop cannot
      keep its building and land, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Friday.

      Justices rejected an appeal of a lower court ruling by the Bishop Seabury
      Church in Groton, which like dozens of parishes nationwide split from the
      national Episcopal Church after the 2003 appointment of Bishop V. Gene
      Robinson of New Hampshire. Bishop Seabury Church's governing board voted in
      2007 to join the more conservative Convocation of Anglicans in North
      America.

      Similar land disputes involving breakaway Episcopal parishes have been
      playing out across the country, with most courts ruling in favor of the
      national church and its dioceses. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a
      similar case involving a California church in 2009.

      The Groton parish's lawyer had argued that the Episcopal Church has no right
      to the property and the land deed is in the parish's name. But the state
      diocese said church rules prohibit congregations from walking away with
      church properties, and those properties are held in trust for the
      denomination.

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