The Texas dispute stemmed from space problems at the St. Peter Catholic Church in Boerne.

The church, part of the San Antonio Archdiocese, applied for a permit in 1993 to enlarge its 70-year-old building. An architectural imitation of a Spanish mission, the building is located near Boerne's historic district and was deemed worthy of preservation by the city's historic landmark commission.

The church has more than 2,000 members but its sanctuary can accommodate fewer than 250 at one time.

The case is Boerne vs. Flores, 95-2074.