Court Invokes Ecclesiastical Abstention To Dismiss Church Members' ' Claims of Financial Mismanagement

In Harrison v. Bishop,(OH App., Dec. 18, 2015), an Ohio appellate court used the clerical abstention teaching to reject a match brought by 3 participants of the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church versus supervisors and also the elderly priest of the church. The complainants declared that offenders breached their obligations under the church’s constitution by mishandling the church’s financial resources, wrongfully rejecting and also keeping monetary declarations to allow participants to check out the church’s documents as well as publications.