State diocese lets homeless parish keep all assets
PITTSBURGH — The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh has agreed to let an Anglican parish that caters to homeless people keep all of its property and assets.
The diocese has been battling in court over such assets since a majority of its parishes voted in 2008 to leave the more liberal Episcopal Church for the more theologically conservative Anglican Church in North America.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the diocese and Shepherd's Heart Fellowship have agreed the parish can keep all its property — half of which was titled to the diocese and half to the parish. The agreement marks the first time the diocese has let an Anglican church keep its property since the 2008 schism.
Both sides say the deal was struck because of the church's unique outreach and isn't a model for settling ongoing disputes involving other Anglican parishes.
Rare view of fishes' 'true colors' in Philly
PHILADELPHIA — Compared to the fish we see at the local seafood market, the paintings in a new exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences may look downright surreal.
From the purple-blue stripe on a swordfish to the rainbow skin of a black sea bass, these are fish of a different color.
James Prosek, a Connecticut-based artist, captured his subjects showing their true colors — when they're still alive right after they're pulled from the ocean.
Fourteen of Prosek's life-size watercolors are at the Academy starting Saturday and ending Jan. 21.
Prosek said after the fish dies, the colors fade instantly.
His work has been compared to the famous 19th century naturalist and painter John James Audubon, whose "Birds of America" prints are still treasured for their beauty and accuracy.