Recent queries and comments – 9th September

The latest supplement to our weekly round-up

Below is 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. 

General Searches

Question Quick Answer L&RUK post/comment
welby’s masonic service at canterbury Archbishop Welby did not  participated in, nor was involved in arrangements for this service. Canterbury Cathedral: Freemasons Service, (170228).
same sex marriages statistics Office of National Statistics Marriage, cohabitation and civil partnerships Same sex marriage statistics: 2014, Q1 & Q2, (140822).
can a non-Christian be buried in consecrated ground? Yes, but why, given the additional restrictions? Burial and memorial subject to Churchyard Regulations.

Subsequent exhumation and re-interment would be subject to decision of the consistory court.

Provincial Episcopal Visitors Legal & Canonical Status of Provincial Episcopal Visitors – Clarification from Independent Reviewer on status of PEVs, (160401)
what is the legal status of a church See Simon Hunter’s guest post “What is a “church” in English law?”(160119)
is marriage under sharia law recognised by uk law Not unless supported by a civil marriage recognised under English law . Sharia law and the UK – alien, part of a picture or capable of accommodation?, (140107).
General Conference of the New Church v Bristol City Council (Localism Act 2011),  §  Is a church a “community asset”? – redundant churches and the Localism Act 2011, (150217).
Theology of burial by Christopher Hill A Note on the theology of burial in relation to some contemporary questions, (2004) 7 Ecc LJ 447 Permanence of Christian burial revisited – I, (160322).
when was the new Archbishop was born in Basseleg? § According to Wikipedia, he was born in Newport, Mon. on 6 February 1953. He was educated at Bassaleg School, then a state grammar school.
church of england clergy numbers See CofE web page, Ministry Statistics.
how to register a church in England Churches as charities: some basics, (150903, updated 170722}.


Case law related searches

Question Quick Answer L&RUK Answer
st johns waterloo dac Re St. John Waterloo [2017] EACC 3 Arches Court granted leave to appeal on two of five grounds, but  parish decided not to pursue its appeal
 st nicholas fundenhall norwich+ victorian society. Contrary to judgment in October 2014, inappropriate new nave chairs/pews ordered. Re St. Nicholas Fundenhall [2017] ECC Nor 5.

Links to sources of frequently sought data

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).

We are always pleased to receive information from those with particular experience in the issues in question.


As we noted in our round-up of 3rd September, we are currently in the process of reviewing the “Quick Answers” format with a view to providing more focussed responses to: the general requests on law and religion, which arise in some form or other on a regular basis (impersonation of a cleric; holidays for religious groups; sharia law in UK); issues of more topical concern on which we have posted; and those areas we have not yet considered, but to which we give a preliminary answer.

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "Recent queries and comments – 9th September" in Law & Religion UK, 9 September 2017,

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