Hospital chaplains, funerals and parochial fees

In mid-January 2015 the Church of England issued further guidance on Crematorium funerals and parochial fees (“the Guidance”) to supplement that published earlier in the month: the comprehensive Guide to Church of England Parochial Fees (“the Guide”) and the associated Frequently Asked Questions covering the recently-enacted provisions within the Ecclesiastical Fees (Amendment) Measure 2011.

The Guidance on crematorium funerals was produced, in part a response to Re Hawthorne [2015], (Decision; Penalty), and associated requests for clarification of the legal position on retired clergy and self-supporting ministers. Following similar requests from hospital chaplains, on 24 February the Remuneration and Conditions of Service Committee (RACSC), of the Archbishops’ Council circulated Guidance for Church of England Hospital Chaplains, Incumbents, Diocesan Boards of Finance, and Hospital Trusts in relation to Funeral Services and Church of England Parochial Fees, (“the new Guidance”), to the chaplaincy network Continue reading