A judge has ruled that a Colorado Springs church building belongs to the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado and not a breakaway parish.
The ruling was handed down Tuesday in El Paso County District Court.
Ownership has been in dispute since March 2007, when some members and leaders of Grace Church and St. Stephen's left the national body over theological differences.
The breakaway group aligned itself with the conservative Anglican Communion province in Nigeria but continued to worship in the building.
Another group chose to remain with the Diocese of Colorado and has been worshipping at another building.
The church property is valued at $17 million.
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