More answers to readers’ comments and queries – July

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 July, 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
does c of e allow baptism outside of church § Not generally.

B 21 Of Holy Baptism: It is desirable that every minister having a cure of souls shall normally administer the sacrament of Holy Baptism on Sundays at public worship…

B 22 Of the baptism of infants: 6. No minister being informed of the weakness or danger of death of any infant within his cure and therefore desired to go to baptize the same shall either refuse or delay to do so.
can you have ashes [buried in] church Not normally. Limited information on CofE web page …but see Re St. George Chorley [2017] ECC Bla 12
is paganism a recognized religion in the uk Paganism, religion and human rights, (141020).
Christian perspective of secularism see Jonathan Chaplin’s guest post The right kind of ‘secular state’ – a Christian perspective, (170126).
ecclesiastical planning exemption Scotland Ecclesiastical exemption: where things stand in the four jurisdictions, (160523).
who handles teacher misconduct not nctl [National College for Teaching and Leadership] gone Regulation of teaching profession, including misconduct hearings, continues under Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). from 1 April 2018. All other NCTL functions have been moved into the Department for Education

Case law related searches

Question Quick Answer L&RUK Answer
lucy vickers religion discrimination Lucy Vickers: Religious Freedom, Religious Discrimination and the Workplace, (161118).

Q&A on other areas of ecclesiastical law

Fr Z: ASK FATHER

“Canon Law Made Easy, Cathy Caridi:


Links to sources of frequently sought data

For those for whom the architecture of the Church of England’s revised web site is still problematic, 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.

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