From the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia:
January 8, 2013
Today, the Supreme Court of Virginia announced it will consider the Diocese of Virginia’s cross-appeal on whether the Diocese has a trust interest in the real and personal property of the Falls Church. Just less than a year ago, the Circuit Court of Fairfax County recognized that the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church have proprietary and contractual interests in the Falls Church, and awarded ownership to the Diocese. That decision is under review.
“We welcome the Court’s willingness to address this issue, because it will provide greater certainty for the Diocese of Virginia in ensuring that church property serves the mission of the Episcopal Church,” said Henry D.W. Burt, secretary and chief of staff. “In addition, the review will provide greater certainty to our sister Episcopal dioceses and all hierarchical denominations in Virginia.”
A decision is expected in the first half of this year.