FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin
Date: April 6, 2016
Michael Glass, Chancellor, firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile: 415-717-6593
The Rev. Pat McCaughan, email@example.com, mobile: 949-892-0525
Fifth District Court of Appeal’s Ruling
Yesterday the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin (http://www.diosanjoaquin.org) and The Episcopal Church received a decision from the Fifth District Court of Appeal affirming the judgment issued by the Fresno Superior Court directing that approximately twenty-eight properties and various Diocesan funds shall be returned to the Diocese of San Joaquin. The properties include parish properties, the Diocesan camp and conference center in Oakhurst, the Cathedral in Fresno.
The Court of Appeal’s decision does not become final for another thirty days during which the Defendants may seek a re-hearing. After this thirty-day period, the Defendants may choose to petition the Supreme Court of California for review. The Diocesan leadership will review the decision with the Chancellor, Michael Glass, and continue to plan and address any developments accordingly.
Upon receiving news of the decision, Bishop David Rice stated “I am urging the Diocese to remain in a position of prayer for everyone involved as we continue to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.”
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Here is a copy of the court opinion.