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Church Property - Part 1

A Connecticut court ruled that a denominational agency had no authority to retain the property of a church that voted to withdraw.

Key point 7-03.3. Most courts apply the "neutral principles of law" rule in resolving disputes over the ownership and control of property in "hierarchical" churches. Under this rule, the civil courts apply neutral principles of law, involving no inquiry into church doctrine, in resolving church property disputes. Generally, this means applying neutral legal principles to nondoctrinal language in any one or more of the following documents: (1) deeds to church property; (2) a church's corporate charter; (3) a state law addressing the resolution of church property disputes; (4) church bylaws; or (5) a parent denomination's bylaws.
State Court Rulings Regarding Church Property Disputes

* A Connecticut court ruled that a denominational agency had no authority to retain the property of a church that voted to withdraw. A church member submitted a complaint about the conduct of his pastor to ...

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  • January 3, 2005

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