A further compilation of “Quick Answers” and links
This is the twelfth post in which we have sought to provide “quick answers” to comments and queries that had been raised through the search function on L&RUK. Since its first appearance in our weekly round-up on 13th August this year, there has been a total of 160 responses to questions we considered to be within our remit (and to some which have not).
For issues which arise on a fairly regular basis, we have provided links to sources of frequently sought data, in addition to a selection of relevant pages on the CofE new website. The minutiae of the 1983 Code of Canons are not our specialist subject, and the blogs of Fr Z and Cathy Caridi have provided some Q&A of interest in this area. Dr Ed Peters’ blog In the Light of the Law gives more a detailed consideration of current issues, though not in a Q&A format.
|Question||Quick Answer||L&RUK Answer|
|can i photocopy copyrighted music for a church service?||No. Not without permission or appropriate licence||Copyright and religion: an idiot’s guide, (131031).|
|parents legal right to withdraw from religious education||Religious education, collective worship and the right of withdrawal, (120617).|
|bishop philip north thought for the day||Not one for us||See BBC Radio 4; The 3-minute T4T available until 24 December 2017|
|why is it difficult to recruit vicars||Recruitment is only one aspect of the number of clergy in the church.||See CofE’s Pathways Programme for some of issues involved. Also CofE clergy over 70 – changes to terms of service, (170919).|
|how are Anglican bishops elected||Diocesan – Bishops: from announcement to installation, (160420)||Suffragan – Suffragan bishops: from selection to ordination & consecration, (160427).|
|direct cremation uk||“Public health funerals” and “direct cremation”, (160729).||Also, The Good Funeral Guide’s Factsheet, Direct cremation and direct burial.|
|when does the law require a baby to be named? uk||All births in England, Wales and Northern Ireland must be registered within 42 days of the child being born, 21 days in Scotland.||More information here and here.|
|legality of using a church of england for a concert||Of concerts and performances in churches and cathedrals, (121016).|
Case law related searches
|Question||Quick Answer||L&RUK Answer|
|southgate cemetery||New Southgate Cemetery Bill – Update, (170625).||See also: Municipal cemetery development and the faculty jurisdiction, (170307).|
|Hämäläinen v Finland §||Hämäläinen v Finland  ECHR 787||Transsexuals and marriage: Hämäläinen v Finland, (140717).|
|R (o.a.o. hodkin) v registrar general of births||R (Hodkin & Anor) v Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages  UKSC||Scientology, religion and charity law: an analysis of R (Hodkin), (131217).|
|christian insitute v lord advocate 2016||Christian Institute & Ors v The Lord Advocate (Scotland)  UKSC 51||Supreme Court strikes down Scottish ‘named persons’ provisions: Christian Institute v Lord Advocate, (160728)|
|is paganism a recognized religion in the uk||Paganism, religion and human rights, (141020).|
|duffield questions||Assessing “modest harm” in secular and ecclesiastical courts, (151209).|
|exhumation of serbian queen||HM Queen Maria of Yugoslavia: Re The Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore  Oxford CCt||Royal exhumation, reburial and s25 Burial Act 1857, (130610).|
Q&A on other areas of ecclesiastical law
Fr Z: ASK FATHER – Summaries of Fr Z’s more detailed responses are given below
- Self-intinction. Wherein Fr. Z rants “Self-intinction is wrong because the Church does not permit it. That should be sufficient argument, but we can go a bit deeper…”
- Thanksgiving Leftovers, Friday, and YOU One for those celebrating Thanksgiving.
- One Mass for the obligation for Sunday, Christmas Eve and Monday, Christmas Day? Fr Z’s revised interpretation of the complexities of Canon 1248.1 (CIC) in relation to double Mass obligations over Sunday 24th and Christmas Day.
Canon Law Made Easy, Cathy Caridi
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)
- Church of England, Media Centre: Press Releases, 2017
- Church of England, Life events parochial fees and guidance: Parochial Fees
- Church of England, Policy and Thinking
- Church of England: Safeguarding.
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.