Presbyterian Church in the United States v. Mary Elizabeth Blue Hull Memorial Presbyterian Church



Internal church disputes, including property disputes, should be governed by internal church law; civil courts may not use “departure from doctrine” standard, and should defer to the highest internal church authority.


393 U.S. 440




Religious Tradition Involved

State/Territory of Origin

Clause (Free Exercise / Establishment / Both / Other)

Does it involve religious institution(s) or individual(s)

Local / State / Federal Legislation

Dissent Author(s)

Uphold / Overturn Penultimate Court

Penultimate court of appeals

Penultimate court opinion citation

Presbyterian Church in U. S. v. E. Heights Presbyterian Church, 159 S.E.2d 690 (Ga. 1968), rev'd sub nom. Presbyterian Church in U.S. v. Mary Elizabeth Blue Hull Meml. Presbyterian Church, 393 U.S. 440 (1969)

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