Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) Attorneys for a breakaway Episcopal parish in Colorado Springs say the parish has operated since its inception as a corporation separate from the Episcopal church and its vestry is therefore the sole owner of the historic church and its property.
Gregory Walta, an attorney for Grace Church and St. Stephen’s, gave opening remarks Tuesday in the trial to decide ownership of the $17 million gothic-style church.
The property’s ownership has been in dispute since March 2007, when the Grace church and St. Stephen’s vestry led part of its 2,500-member congregation away from the national body because of theological differences.
Martin Nussbaum, an attorney for the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado, says legal precedent in seven states, including Colorado, favors the national church.
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