- Court says Presbyterians who left church can sue
- Pennsylvania church gets temporary injunction against administrative commission while it weighs leaving PCUSA
- Peters church votes to leave presbytery
"Presbytery says it, not court, should decide property dispute"
- to remove the officers of the Peters Creek EPC
- return all property to control of the PCUSA
- the vote to secede violated the laws of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
- violates a Pennsylvania law that says church property must be governed according to church law.
- The US Supreme Court ruling probably invalidates the PA law.
- The PCUSA can not make a "law" only rules.
- The Peters EPC church (and its members) exists separately from PCUSA and can not be governed by PCSUA.
- The first decision is how much the court is to be involved (hierarchical vs neutral)
- The second decision then is who owns the property.
Does the minority really think the majority will come home withe their tails between their legs if the court rules against them? Does the minority expect them to rejoin PCUSA?