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Religion Law

University of Michigan Law School

1973

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Religious Corporations And The Law, Paul G. Kauper, Stephen C. Ellis Aug 1973

Religious Corporations And The Law, Paul G. Kauper, Stephen C. Ellis

Michigan Law Review

This article will attempt to present a picture of the legal status of religious organizations, with particular reference to the enjoyment of the corporate privilege. Necessarily, this will involve at the outset an historical review tracing the development of that status, beginning with the practice of granting special charters to churches and culminating in the now familiar general incorporation statute. Special attention will be paid to distinctive problems that arose in Utah, Pennsylvania, and Virginia concerning corporate status. The historical review is followed by a summary survey of the current state laws relating to the incorporation of churches. The last …