Recent queries and comments, mid-April

More answers to readers’ queries and comments

Below is a further compilation of “Quick Answers” to questions which have arisen from searches of, or comments during the past couple of weeks, providing links to our blog posts addressing these issues.

As before, the topics covered in these occasional posts do not necessarily represent our most-read blogs, but reflects the current interests of readers accessing the site on (mostly) contemporary issues.

General searches

Question Quick Answer L&RUK Answer
Is it possible to submit a faculty petition during an interregnum (vacancy) ‡  Yes See Charles Mynors, “Changing Churches – A practical guide to the faculty system”, 5.5.3.
May parents cane their children  Certainly not. May parents cane their children? Tlapak and Wetjen, (180324).
process to appointment suffragan bishop Suffragan bishops: from selection to ordination & consecration, (160427).
canon lee francis-dehqani Bishop of Loughborough appointed, (170711).
access to churchyards Rights of way across churchyards: a request for assistance, (141003) Press-ups between the Purbeck, (150815). 
music civil ceremony rules “Any reading, music, words or performance which forms part of a ceremony of marriage celebrated on the premises must be secular in nature”.  Included incidental music &c. See Schedule 2 to the Marriages (Approved Premises) Regulations 1995 SI 510
bishop oath of obedience to the crown  CofE bishops swear oaths of allegiance to the Crown and obedience to the Archbishop. Episcopi vagantes do not. Bishops: from announcement to installation, (160420).

AMiE ordinations, (171207).

(bishop) mlibo Ngewu The Bishop of the River of Hippopotamuses and the Archbishop of Cape Town, (170320). Huberta the Hippopotamus, the Bishop who wouldn’t resign – and the Diocese of Mzimvubu, (170606).


Case law related searches

Question Quick Answer L&RUK Answer
 cjeu case law achitba The CJEU & hijabs at work: Achbita and Bougnaoui, (170314),

Links to sources of frequently sought data

For those not yet familiar with the architecture of the Church of England’s revised web site, we have posted some quick links to areas of potential interest to ecclesiastical lawyers (and clergy), here, (law & policy); here, (clergy and General Synod) and here, (legal opinions and other guidance).

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.

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "Recent queries and comments, mid-April" in Law & Religion UK, 14 April 2018,

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