State of Ohio: When we built our church a few years ago, our diocese did not want to assume any financial responsibility for the mortgage, etc, so a representative of the diocese signed a quickclaim deed on the property.
Because of faith issues, our church recently disaffiliated itself from the national church. Because of the growing number of disaffiliating churches, the Presiding Bishop has claimed that the national church owns ALL church properties under the Denis Canon. She has agreed to sell to anyone at fair market value except those churches who align themselves with another Anglican group.
My question is this: Neither the national church or the diocese have every paid a dime for the property, now they're saying under the Denis canon, they have ownership. In fact, they told us just before Christmas that we had to vacate the building. We have not, feeling that by signing the quitclaim deed, they forfeited all rights to the property. Are we correct.