— The national Episcopal Church is asking a judge to reconsider her ruling that South Carolina churches that broke away from the national group now own the diocesan name, symbols and $500 million in church property.

Circuit Court Judge Diane Goodstein ruled earlier this month in favor of the Diocese of South Carolina and its parishes. The conservative diocese and more than half of its 70 congregations left the national church in 2012 amid differences over theological issues. Continue Reading