More answers to queries and comments
Below is a further compilation of “Quick Answers” to questions which have arisen during the past couple of weeks; some concern general issues and others relate to a particular judgment. In addition are links to sources of frequently sought data and similar Q&As on other sites.
In anticipation of future queries, on 4 October 2017 the Office of National Statistics (ONS) issued an important data set: Sexual identity, UK: 2016 Experimental Official Statistics on sexual identity in the UK in 2016 by region, sex, age, marital status, ethnicity and National Statistics Socio-economic Classification; this will no doubt provide answers to a number of questions in this area.
The column labelled “Question” is in most cases the search term that has been used to access information on the site. Whilst we welcome a challenge, it will facilitate a response if the search terms are not too cryptic or cover too broad an area to be addressed in a “Quick Answer”. Likewise, this is not a forum on which to seek our personal opinions.
|Question||Quick Answer||L&RUK Answer|
|church near you changes||Announced 30 August; to be launched in November.||A Church Near You – update, (170830).|
|religious courts in the us||See Pew Research Centre’s Applying God’s Law: Religious Courts and Mediation in the U.S., (130408).||Not an area we have covered specifically.|
|gift declarations hmrc consultation||Changes to GASDS (Gift Aid and Small Donations Scheme) and tax rules took effect in April 2017. See post on UK Fundraising site.||Summary in our 1st October 2017. round-up of news.|
|petition finningley||Petition considered by consistory court||Re Holy Trinity and St. Oswald Finningley  ECC She 2 (160930).|
|law re mobile phone masts||Wi-Fi in churches – health effects, courts’ jurisdiction and locus standi, (150108), and Wi-Fi in churches – evidence, system security and commercial considerations, (150113).|
|why don’t churches have charity registration numbers?||Churches as charities: some basics, see paragraph on Exception: and legal status as a charity (150904).|
|vatican 2 council about music||Second Vatican Council: Musicam Sacram – Instruction on Music in the Liturgy||Church music, Vatican 2 and the Council of Trent, (161013).|
|how much is priest fee for c of e funeral||See Recent queries and comments – 26th August|
|legal rights to ashes uk||Person with “custody and possession” of body determines final disposal of body.||“Public health funerals” and “direct cremation”, (160729).|
|legislation covering church land||Very broad issue covering many issues, so there’s no quick answer.||For starters, see CofE Document Library Pages Church Land and Dealings with ecclesiastical land.|
Case law related searches
|Question||Quick Answer||L&RUK Answer|
|echr objection to blood transfusion on religious grounds||Reference to Convention rights in Birmingham Children’s NHS Trust v B & C  EWHC 531 (Fam).||Jehovah’s Witnesses and objections to blood transfusion, (140310).|
|case law social media expressing religous views||Smith v Trafford Housing Trust  EWHC 3221 (Ch)||Social media, employment, religious views and freedom of speech, (121117).|
|religious affiliation of circumcision||L and B (Children: Specific Issues: temporary leave to remove from the jurisdiction; circumcision)  EWHC 849 (Fam)||Religious circumcision and parental consent: L & B, (160421)|
|clifford bellamy Methodist||N (A Child: Interim Care Order: Interim Removal)  EWFC 40.||Parenting, religion and conflict: N (A Child), (150525).|
Links to sources of frequently sought data
UK legislation, including CofE Measures: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/
UK statistics, various areas: Office for National Statistics, (ONS)
Q&A on other areas of ecclesiastical law
Canon Law Made Easy, Cathy Caridi
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).
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.