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Source: Savannah Now
Christ Church Episcopal may be back home in its Johnson Square building, but squabbling over church property continues.
The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia and Christ Church Episcopal on Monday asked
Chatham County Superior Court Chief Judge Michael Karpf to hold the Rev. Marcus Robertson and Christ Church Savannah in contempt of court. They argue Robertson and Christ Church Savannah have failed to comply with a court order to return a $2 million endowment fund and other property after the two congregations agreed to the return of the historic Johnson Square property in December.
The civil action alleges Christ Church Savannah, the Anglican congregation, has refused to relinquish control of such items as the endowment fund held by the Savannah Bank, corporate, business and other records, the domain name and website www.christchurchsavannah.org....
Richmond Hill attorney James Gardner, who is chancellor for Christ Church Savannah (Anglican), said Tuesday the motion was being reviewed and a response would be forthcoming. "We are obviously disappointed that the plaintiffs felt it necessary to file this motion at this time," Gardner said. "We are still exploring a resolution to this case."
In a Jan. 5 letter to the Savannah Bank, Gardner told bank officers the case was "not over and further appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court are presently under consideration." In the letter, he said the endowment fund remains property of Christ Church Savannah and neither the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia nor Christ Church Episcopal has a right to it....
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