Presbyterian Church v. Hull: Supreme Court Rules on Court Jurisdiction over Church Disputes

Presbyterian Church v. Hull: Supreme Court Rules on Court Jurisdiction over Church Disputes

Supreme Court Building
Source: Wikipedia

Timeline of History

History Topics
Religious History
Countries

Decided: Presbyterian Church v. Hull Church - The Supreme Court unanimously rules that a Superior Court overstepped its constitutional powers by involving itself in an internal church dispute and that a Georgia law is unconstitutional for giving juries the right to make decisions in theological disputes.

Justice William Brennan writes in the Supreme Court's opinion:

"But First Amendment values are plainly jeopardized when church property litigation is made to turn on the resolution by civil courts of controversies over religious doctrine and practice. If civil courts undertake to resolve such controversies in order to adjudicate the property dispute, the hazards are ever present of inhibiting the free development of religious doctrine and of implicating secular interests in matters of purely ecclesiastical concern."

Read More: Presbyterian Church v. Hull Church

Powered by JReviews

Today's Major Events

Charles Coughlin Defends the Fascist Christian Front

January History Calendar