(Staff) An Anglican priest in upstate New York was taken aback this March when he saw a crane removing the cross from the bell tower of his former church. He had expected the building to remain as a place of Christian worship.
After winning its lawsuit against the Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, the Diocese of Central New York served notice on the parish rector and his wife. Because the diocese could take “immediate possession,” the Revs. Matt and Anne Kennedy had to vacate the church property -- including the rectory, which was home for themselves and their four children -- in a matter of days in January 2009.