VANCOUVER -- Members of an Anglican church in Abbotsford, B.C., are expected to become the second Vancouver-area congregation in a week to split from Lower Mainland Bishop Michael Ingham over his support for same-sex blessings.
And two more Anglican churches - St. Matthias/ St. Luke and The Church of the Good Shepherd -- in Vancouver are poised to fill out similar ballots later this month as orthodox followers openly challenge Ingham's liberal vision for the church.
"However, Cheryl Maczko-Chang, a Vancouver lawyer and church member, said there is legal precedent in Canada to support St. John's position that the assets belong to the parish because it has remained faithful to the global principles of the Anglican church. "All of the churches in this land were built with money that was given on certain trust, and the issue that will have to be decided is in trust for what? In trust for whom?" she said."
The issue here is breach of trust, not homosexuality or liberalism.
Church properties are legally forfeit every time a church breaches its trust deeds and departs from its confession of faith and constitution - with or without congregational assent.