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SAN JOAQUIN: Late bishop's deposition heard in Anglican vs. Episcopalian legal fight

By Pablo Lopez
January 14, 2014

In a Fresno courtroom Monday, the late Anglican Bishop John-David Schofield loomed large in the long legal battle between the U.S. Episcopal Church and the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin, the first in the country to break from the national church over theological differences.

Schofield, who died in October, gave his videotaped deposition in late 2011, long after he led 40 of 47 parishes to form the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin. The long-delayed Fresno County Superior Court civil trial will determine who owns dozens of pieces of property - the Anglican diocese or the national Episcopal Church.

Some parish property that had been independently incorporated, such as St. Francis in Turlock and St. Paul's in Modesto, was returned to the Episcopal Diocese in the past five years. The majority of properties, including St. Matthias in Oakdale and St. Luke's in Merced, are held by the Anglican diocese, and those 30 or so properties are the ones at issue in the lawsuit filed in 2009 by the Episcopal diocese.

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