“We are pleased with the settlement, particularly since it relieved our staff and vestry members of the burden and expense of defending against $5 million in unjustified claims brought against them personally by the Diocese of Colorado and The Episcopal Church.From here:
“The settlement reached also means that all the costs associated with maintaining the property of Grace Church and St. Stephens, including payment of the $2,500,000 mortgage, belong to the Episcopal congregation and the Diocese of Colorado.
“Our only remaining obligation is to pay final operational expenses we had incurred during our possession of the property, but were unauthorized to pay until this settled agreement was reached.
“We look forward to fulfilling God’s call to us for mission and ministry.”
The Episcopal Diocese of Colorado and former members have ended their fight over the historic downtown Colorado Springs church, the diocese announced Tuesday.The Colorado Gazette reports that "Diocese officials also said Tuesday that both sides have agreed to dismiss all damage claims and that each side will pay its own attorneys' fees."
The decision ends two years of legal struggle over the $17 million Grace Church and St. Stephen's Parish buildings, as well as a number of associated disputes of trusts and other matters associated with their 2007 split.
In March, El Paso County District Judge Larry Schwartz turned the property back to the diocese, relocating about 1,200 former members.
The case against the rector Don Armstrong is still pending.