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Vested Rights

Control, Secede, Vested Rights

From the book The Clergyman’s Hand-book of Law, about Control, Secede, Vested Rights (1): The officers of a church corporation have control of the business management for all civil purposes, excepting as otherwise provided by the articles of organization, charter, or by-laws of the corporation. However, the by-laws must not contravene the laws of the State.130 A charter was refused in Pennsylvania which provided that the congregation might, by a majority vote, dissolve or secede from the central body and divide the property.131 A charter of incorporation may be amended in harmony with the principles, discipline, and objects of the church, but not otherwise.132 The fact that incorporation of a church confers certain rights and privileges under the charter, such charter being accepted, does not give the church corporation any vested rights.133

Vested Rights

Embracing mainstream international law, this section on vested rights explores the context, history and effect of the area of the law covered here.


Further Reading

  • The entry “vested rights” in the Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (currently, the Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law, 2009), Oxford University Press


Notes and References

  1. Charles M. Scanlan, The Clergyman’s Hand-book of Law. The Law of Church and Grave (1909), Benziger Brothers, New York, Cincinnati, Chicago

See Also

  • Religion
  • Church

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