Parishioners of Merged Church Can’t Stop Sale of Property
Court says they failed to show that they had an ownership interest in the church building
An appellate court in Louisiana has affirmed dismissal of a suit by parishioners of a merged church seeking to enjoin the sale of a church building. It held that the parishioners failed to state a cause of action upon which relief could be granted. In 2005, the Central Congregational United Church in New Orleans entered into a rental agreement with the St. Matthew United Church of Christ to temporarily hold services in a chapel at St. Matthew while its own building was undergoing repairs. After Hurricane Katrina hit, however, much of the congregation of the Central Church dispersed. Those remaining began to worship with the St. Matthew’s congregation, while maintaining ownership of their...
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