Monday, September 10, 2012

Presbyterian Congregation's Property Belongs To Parent Church

In Windwood Presbyterian Church, Inc. v. The Presbyterian Church (USA), (TX App., Aug. 30, 2012), a Texas appeals court held that under both the rule of deference to decisions of a parent hierarchical church and the application of neutral principles of law, the property of a Houston, Texas Presbyterian congregation belongs to the parent church. The court concluded:
by joining the PCUSA in 1983 and remaining a member of that hierarchical church, Windwood has assented to following PCUSA’s constitution, which includes a trust provision over Windwood’s property in PCUSA’s favor.