Breakaway South Carolina Episcopalians win major court case

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St. Michael's Episcopal Church is one of Charleston's most famous and historic churches, and part of a group of South Carolina parishes that seceded from the national Episcopal Church. RNS file photo by Kevin Eckstrom.

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(RNS) The Diocese of South Carolina said it helped form the national Episcopal Church in 1789, and was not legally bound to stay. On Tuesday (Feb. 3), a judge agreed.