The Fort Worth Episcopal diocese had sued for ownership when the congregations split from the national Episcopal Church.
In a 5-4 vote, the state justices overturned an earlier ruling that had given the Episcopal Church the properties.
United Methodist Churches signed a contract that their churches belong to the denomination, I wonder if the Episcopalian Church in Texas did the same?
Sometimes the state conference gives money to support building a church and also they do depend on some means for a retirement fund for their retired ministers.
So, you can --slightly-- see the denomination's point of view, no matter if you think these people are worth retirement payments or not.