The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Virginia: Legal win for traditionalists

A Virginia court ruled Dec. 19 that church property on three parcels of land belongs to parishes that seceded from the Episcopal Church, rather than the national body.

A state law passed in 1867 when Virginia congregations separated over slavery allows parishes that leave the denomination to retain their property.

The diocese has spent $2 million on legal fees and said it will send an appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia.


John Hagood

John Hagood

Posted at 12:58 pm (U.S. Eastern) 2/2/2009

Please, let's not call these people "traditionalists."  That's as much a misnomer as the word "conservative" usually is. Traditional as hatred and exclusion may be, such people  represent a radical overturning of a traditions extending back at least as far as the Enlightenment. 

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