Religion and law round-up – 23rd August

A very quiet week, dominated by the publication of the McLellan Commission’s report on safeguarding in the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland…

McLellan Commission

This week, the Commission chaired by the Very Revd Dr Andrew McLellan CBE, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland from 2002 until 2009 published A Review of the Current Safeguarding Policies, Procedures and Practice within the Catholic Church in Scotland. We posted a summary here.

The Commission was established “to review all aspects of safeguarding policy, procedure and practice within the Catholic Church in Scotland and to make recommendations for improvement that will assist the church in being a safe place for all”. As one might have expected, initial reaction has varied from the welcoming to the critical.

French school lunches and religious observance

Schools in France often offer substitutes for pork to those who have religious objections to eating it; but there is no national rule about that. In 2008 Lyon became the first major city to impose an alternative meatless menu in schools and in recent months several mayors of medium-sized towns have announced their intention to do the same. Recently however, Gilles Platret, the Mayor of Chalon-sur-Saône near Dijon, decided to remove pork substitutes from school menus and his decision was upheld by the local court. He was not the first to do so: in 2014 Marcel Mortreau, Mayor of Sargé-lès-Le Mans, did the same, arguing that his decision accorded with the “principle of Republican neutrality” – laïcité. Continue reading