- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Leaders of a Presbyterian synod are criticizing a bill that would have removed church principles from decisions on the ownership of a church building when a congregation splits from the larger community.

The bill would require that church property disputes be decided “in a completely secular manner,” using government records and other objective matters, without regarding church principles.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that (https://bit.ly/1pUhb33 ) the bill was carried by Rep. Craig McPherson. The Republican from Overland Park is a deacon at a Presbyterian church in Stanley.

Leaders of the Presbyterian synod to which McPherson’s church belongs said the bill would not consider the larger church’s contributions to individual congregations during such disputes.

The House defeated the bill last week but one Kansas House member expects it to be reconsidered.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com


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