Yesterday, on one of the key aspects of a controversial lawsuit over church property, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled against the nine Virginia Anglican churches who broke away from the Episcopal Church of the USA, but the high court sent final adjudication of the property dispute back to the circuit court. The Episcopal Church appealed a prior ruling in favor of the breakaway congregations and has already spent millions in legal fees in an attempt to maintain control of historic and expensive church property.
Both the breakaway churches, who have affiliated themselves with the Nigerian Anglican church, and the ECUSA contend the other has abandoned true anglicanism. However, the Associated Press reports that two days ago the Anglican Communion - the global anglican body - barred ECUSA officials from membership in ecumenical bodies, effectively censuring their presence there.
The division is largely theological, and gained traction after the ordination of gay and lesbian bishops in certain ECUSA dioceses, a practice that most of the Anglican Communion does not allow.
The court’s ruling can be found here.