In Southern California Oceanside congregation loses legal battle with Episcopal Church

Sunday’s sermon at St. Anne’s Anglican Church in Oceanside will be about “standing on the authority of God’s word” in light of a recent court ruling that could force the congregation to find a new home.

Father Joe Rees, rector of the church at 701 West St. near the former Ditmar Elementary School, said he and his parishioners are still praying about a ruling handed down by San Diego Superior Court Judge Steven Denton on Tuesday.

The tentative ruling found that the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is the true owner of the Oceanside church building and grounds, as well as property inhabited by another Anglican congregation in Ocean Beach. Both congregations left the Episcopal Diocese in 2006 and changed denominations.

It is the latest legal victory for the Episcopal Church, which has seen many individual congregations and four dioceses nationwide break away in disagreement over several decisions made by church leadership, including the ordination of the faith’s first openly gay bishop in 2003.

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3 comments on “In Southern California Oceanside congregation loses legal battle with Episcopal Church

  1. Br_er Rabbit says:

    Alas. This was a wonderful church. I pray that they will find a new home soon.

  2. upnorfjoel says:

    Oh well, just another vacant property for TEC to add to their growing inventory. Never mind the enormity of dollars it’s burned to secure all of them; dollars that could have done so much good in the world.
    Better empty after all, than to allow a bunch of non-compliant conservatives to remain!

  3. Already left says:

    Again, another Episcopal Bishop who thinks it’s all about the property. It just shows where their priorities are.