A Bank Holiday supplement to our weekly round-up
We have made a further compilation of “Quick Answers” to questions which have arisen from searches of, or comments during the past week or so, providing links to our blog posts addressing these issues. The topics covered in these “Saturday Supplements” does not necessarily represent our most-read blogs, but reflects the current interests of readers accessing the site on (mostly) contemporary issues.
|Question||Quick Answer||L&RUK post/comment|
|northern ireland abortion and echr 2017||On-going political issue; NI Court of Appeal judgment, 29 June 2017.||Abortion and human rights in Northern Ireland [updated], (17/06/29).|
|clear @c of e statement on whether a church can choose the gender of its associate priest & of its preachers?||No, it cannot, (but longer explanation necessary).||Some issues addressed in Independent Reviewer’s report on All Saints, Cheltenham. Undated, but CofE Press release issued 10 August 2015.|
|international latin prose competition||Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Foveatur Lingua Latina.||Lingua Latina, the internet and the Popes, (12/09/05). Prizes awarded to winners towards end of year. [Unsurprisingly, the relevant documentation is in Latin].|
|can you get buried in your back garden?||Yes, BUT…||Back-garden burials? (14/12/10) and Groundwater pollution from cemeteries (170324) on new EA position statement (L4).|
|recent cases on religion and custody in united kingdom (I)||Unlike the Vatican City State, ecclesiastical courts of the CofE have no custodial powers.
|Cathedral constables (and, theoretically, churchwardens) have the power of arrest. York Minster constables given police powers, (170208).|
|recent cases on religion and custody in united kingdom (II)||Was the search about a UK equivalent of US prisoner Free Exercise cases, as covered on Howard Friedman’s blog Religion Clause?||Not really our area; perhaps Prison Reform Trust document?|
|church of england churchyard regulations||Although all are similar, they are diocese-specific.||Frequently considered in our monthly consistory court round-ups.|
|ecclesiastical law blog||“Ecclesiastical” by name or content; UK or broader?||See blogroll on our Home Page, (scroll down).|
|perceptions dresses also clerical clergy shirts uk||Sorry, folks, you’ve come to the wrong place.|
|is it against the law to call oneself reverend when the church has defrocked you||“Defrocking” is term used by media implying “enforced laicisation”. Not now an option in CofE, but remains in Roman Catholic Church.
“Reverend” is not a protected title and may be used by anyone.
|Safeguarding, the C of E and deposition from orders, (150713).|
|Presence of named cleric on Archbishops’ List, § ‡||[i] Archbishops’ List is confidential.; [ii] We don’t do “personal”.||Clergy blacklists, blue files and the Archbishops’ List, (140703).|
|parochial fees 2016 church in wales||Churchyard and Burial Fees – 2017 and Marriage Fees – 2017|
|Are parish churches allowed to charge for entry, § ‡||Yes||See Sir Tony Baldry’s Written Answer on 4 July 2013.|
|churches position on splitting human remains||Strongly discouraged.||Roman Catholic position. See also Division of ashes between relatives (and others)|
|Is free entry to CofE parish churches governed by legislation, § ‡.||Not to our knowledge, but…||See Written Answer of Sir Tony Baldry, Second Church Estates Commissioner, 4 July 2013.|
Unless marked §, the questions are the search terms used, verbatim; questions arising externally to the blog, (twitter/other), are marked ‡; the dates in parentheses are in the format (yymmdd).
Further information on the last question would be welcome, as our initial searched drew a blank. Equally, we are always pleased to receive information from those with particular experience in the issues in question.
As stated in our General Terms and Conditions, at L&RUK we do not give legal advice, or purport to do so. This post is a summary of recent enquiries and comments, and links to relevant coverage in this blog and elsewhere. With regard to on-going issues, the date of this sourced material is of particular importance. For specific queries on the application of the legislation, professional legal advice should be sought.