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Supreme Court of the United States Denies CANA Congregation's Petition for Appeal


Today, over seven years after congregations of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America entered into litigation with the Diocese of Virginia, the Supreme Court of the United States ended the final lawsuit by denying The Falls Church CANA's petition for certiorari. The decision, in effect, affirms the Supreme Court of Virginia's ruling in favor of the Diocese in June 2013. The CANA congregation had filed a petition on Oct. 9, 2013, appealing the state court decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"We are most gratified by the Supreme Court's ruling," said the Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston, bishop of Virginia. "We look forward to the possibilities that the months ahead will bring, and continue to keep those affected by the litigation in our prayers."

"Although it breaks my heart to think of where all that money and energy could have gone, today's news is uplifting for our congregation," said the Rev. John Ohmer, rector of The Falls Church Episcopal. "My hope and prayer is that all sides can now continue to grow their communities of worship, ministries and outreach in our church homes."

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