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Liability for Ignoring Donors' Designations
Liability for Ignoring Donors' Designations
Churches must honor designated contributions—or else risk refunding them.

A number of St. Paul's former parishioners filed a canonical appeal through the Roman Catholic Church's ecclesiastical tribunals. On November 30, 2007, the Vatican issued a decree which stated that the bishop had acted in accordance with the requirements and procedures set forth under canon law.

While the canonical appeal was pending, 157 former parishioners filed suit against the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi, the pastor of St. Paul church, and the bishop (the "church defendants"), asserting that:

1. any financial contributions made for the specific purpose of rebuilding the St. Paul church were held in trust and must be used exclusively for rebuilding efforts;

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