NINE bishops have expressed "regret" for their actions connected
to property litigation between the Episcopal Church in the United
States and the dioceses of Fort Worth and of Quincy.
After attending a conciliation meeting, they signed a written
agreement, promising not to sign any further affidavits or briefs
against legal action of the Episcopal Church, and agreeing to act
"in accordance with the action of the General Convention". Eight of
the nine bishops also agreed to contribute towards the costs of the
Details of the process are confidential, the Episcopal Church
San Joaquin ruling. A court in California has
ruled in favour of the secessionist diocese of San Joaquin in a
property dispute. The initial ruling from the judge said that the
Episcopal Church had failed to submit documents to prove that it
owned church buildings, bank accounts, and a conference centre.
The dispute began in 2007, when the diocese of San Joaquin
seceded from the Episcopal Church in the US. A few months later,
the Episcopal Church launched a legal battle to seek the property
that is in the seceded diocese's hands.