SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah's Christ Church is getting help in its attempt to stay on Johnson Square.
The American Anglican Council has filed a "friend of the court" brief asking the Georgia Supreme Court to overturn a ruling which granted ownership of the historic Christ Church to the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia and not the local congregation.
"At this point, Christ Church is looking for a complete decision from the Georgia Supreme Court and the lower court saying you own this property," said American Anglican Council COO Phil Ashey. "It's really a shame because initially Christ Church approached the diocese and asked for a settlement, but the national church came in and the presiding bishop is operating on a sort of scorched earth policy of litigation and she forces diocese like the Diocese of Georgia to participate and won't let them negotiate."
Ashey said if this attempt is unsuccessful, there are enough significant issues involved in the case for the Christ Church Savannah to take it to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Christ Church not giving up after losing appeal
- Christ Church appeals court's decision
- A congregation divided, a historic building at stake
- Christ Church Splits From Episcopal Church
- Battle over historic church may be ending
- Historic Church Votes to Leave Episcopal Roots
- Courts to Decide Fate of Savannah Church