Principle 80: Ownership and administration of church property
1. Churches should satisfy those requirements of civil law which apply to the acquisition, ownership, administration and alienation of church property both real and personal.
2. Property is held by those authorities within a church which enjoy legal personality as trustees or other entities of a fiduciary nature under civil law and competence under church law.
3. Ecclesiastical authorities are the stewards of church property.
4. Ecclesiastical authorities must hold and administer church property to advance the mission of a church, and for the benefit and use of its members from generation to generation, in accordance with the law of that church.
5. Church property is held in trust for a church and should not be alienated or encumbered without such consents ans may be prescribed by law.
6. Ecclesiastical trustees may sell, purchase and exchange property in the manner and to the extent authorised by law.
7. The central assembly of a church, or other designated assembly, may frame laws for the management and use of property held in trust for that church.
8. Commissions, boards and other bodies may be appointed to advise church trustees on the development and administration of any property held by those trustees.
9. The management and day-to-day administration of church property at the local level are vested in parish assemblies or other legal entities and are subject to such prerogatives of the clergy as may be provided by law.
10. National, regional, provincial, diocesan, parish or other church trustees must perform their functions under the order and control of the appropriate assembly to which the law of a church renders them accountable.
11. No one shall deny or obstruct access to any ecclesiastical person or body lawfully entitled to enter or use church property.