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article imagePastor's Wife Wants the Church in Divorce

By Bob Norman     Nov 17, 2007 in Lifestyle
A pastor's wife in New York is making an unprecedented claim: As part of their divorce decree, she wants her fair share of the church she says her husband used as, "his personal piggy bank."
Every divorce has battles over shared property, but a pastor's wife in Brooklyn New York has taken it to a new level. Her claim that her husbands assets are so intertwined with the churches as to make them impossible to separate, has led her to claim part of the church in their divorce settlement. Lawyers say this could be the first time that anyone in the state has tried to treat a religious institution as a marital asset.
An AP report on Yahoo News says a judge in the case has agreed to hear arguments on the claim:The wife argues that her husband of 31 years used his Brooklyn church as a "personal piggy bank," setting his own income, spending the congregation's tithes as he pleased and running a catering business from the building, according to the decision by state Supreme Court Judge Arthur M. Diamond.
The wife says the church was started with $50,000 of the couples money. Her lawyers argue that it's no different from any other type of business they might have developed while they were together.
The Pastor, on the other hand, is preaching a different sermon. He claims he's only an employee of the church,not it's owner. His lawyers say the institutions funds can't be considered his.
"My client can't own the church," said the minister's lawyer, Eleanor Gery.
I don't think God ever intended that the pastor help himself to church funds and running a catering service sure isn't in the bible. How can people trust in their church when there are people like this running the show?
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