Supreme Court of Canada deals final blow to Anglican parishioners

From the Windsor Star:

A breakaway group of Anglican parishioners has been dealt a deathblow in their legal battle over ownership of a Riverside church.

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to grant St. Aidan’s parishioners leave to appeal, dismissing their case with costs.

The group of about 100 parishioners broke away from the Anglican Church of Canada in 2008 over the church’s acceptance of  same-sex marriage and other disagreements over interpretations of Scripture. The group joined the Anglican Network in Canada and went to court over ownership of the church building on Wyandotte Street East.

The Superior Court judge who heard the case in 2011 ruled the church assets belong to the Diocese of Huron, not the parishioners who amassed them. The parishioners appealed, but last year had their case dismissed by the Ontario Court of Appeal.

The appellate court not only forced the parishioners to pay the diocese’s legal fees in the appeal, it also ordered them to pay $100,000 toward the church’s legal fees from the original lawsuit.

Some of the parishioners who launched the original suit have died in the intervening years. None of the surviving plaintiffs could be reached for comment Monday.

St. Aidan’s is one of several Anglican parishes across Canada that have sued to gain control of their church buildings after splitting from the Anglican Church of Canada. None of the parishioners’ lawsuits were successful.

The Anglican Network in Canada boasts 68 parishes in Canada. According to its website, St. Aidan’s now meets for Sunday services at Ambassador Community Church on Rivard Avenue.

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One Response to Supreme Court of Canada deals final blow to Anglican parishioners

  1. Frank Wirrell says:

    The ACoC has changed its allegience from our Lord and Saviour to what is deceitully called “political correctness”. All this has happened with the full endorsement of apostates such as Fred Hiltz, Michael Ingham, and Michael Bird. This action which has been duplicated in various dioceses of the country should stand as a warning to ALL parishioners within the ACoC. If the diocese wants to own the property, let the diocese pay for all costs associated with it. The actions amount to nothing less than legally stealing and I would advise ALL parishioners to cease and desist from making any contribution whatever to properties in which they worship. The apostates are simply out to destroy the faith and care nothing other than for what they can get.
    Fred Hiltz and his apostates might well win in the civil courts but they will face a much different court in which they will have to account for their actions. Many like Michael Ingham believe that all religions are the same thus making a mockery of the crucifixion and the Eucharist and they are allowed to proclaim this with impunity.

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