I am hoping someone can explain how Anglican congregations are able to decide which diocese they belong to.
In reading the following, I assume there must be a way to do this, OTOH, there seems to b basis for filing a lawsuit by the bishop but I am not quite clear on whether this is simply real estate and property rights insofr as the bishop is concerned.
"…The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles announced Tuesday that it has filed lawsuits against three breakaway parishes that aligned themselves with an Anglican diocese in Uganda.
The Southern California churches abandoned the local diocese in mid-August, saying that it had strayed from biblical teachings. The orthodoxy dispute has been simmering for years and the Episcopal Church’s recent stance on homosexuality has deepened the divide.
Bishop J. Jon Bruno, head of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, recently assigned two assistant bishops to serve the congregations and said he would appoint new lay governing boards. He also had threatened legal action…"