More answers to readers’ queries and comments – January

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 recent 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.

Question Quick Answer L&RUK Answer
moving the font in church rules Canon F 1 Of the font, ” as near to the principal entrance as conveniently may be, except there be a custom to the contrary or the Ordinary otherwise direct”. Falls within the jurisdiction of the diocesan consistory court. Changes in location of font sometimes permitted.
Operation Icarus Codenames such as “Icarus” are randomly computer-generated: West Mercia police’s  Operation Icarus concerned CITES protected species legislation;  Europol’s Operation Icarus concerns on-line sexual abuse; also plan of the same name in relation to cyber assault attack on stock markets/world banks We cited the former in our post Gorilla’s head leads to return of church relic, (160622)
can you be buried in church if not christened Yes, the Church of England is required to bury anyone who is on the electoral roll or who dies in the parish
under which canon law is a reader admitted Canonical requirements are: E 4 Of readers; E 5 Of the nominations and admission of readers; E 6 Of the licensing of readers.
how to address a retired Methodist ministers Debtrett’s Forms of Address. And for the CofE there’s Crockford’s How to address the clergy.
drifting spirits Christianity olukoya Not one for us. Dr. Daniel Kolawole Olukoya, also known as DKO, is a molecular geneticist, Pentecostal minister, and founder of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM)
law guidelines dnacpr Do Not Resuscitate: Patients’ Article 8 rights, (140619).
religious beliefs at end of life care End-of-life care and spiritual beliefs, (170302). National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Guidance
scattering ashes dark peak Contact Peak District National Park.

Case law related queries

Question Quick Answer L&RUK Answer
coman eu law EU recognition of same-sex marriage? Coman, (180122).
raggett v society of jesus Raggett v Society of Jesus Trust of 1929 for Roman Catholic Purposes & Anor [2010] EWCA Civ 1002 How relevant to the UK is US case-law on religion? (150105).
tf and ma Asylum-seekers and religious conversion: TF and MA, (180903). TF and MA, Appeals by Against the Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] ScotCS CSIH 58
leicester city council v jewish rights watch Leicester City Council and criticism of Israel: R (Jewish Rights Watch), (180707). R (Jewish Rights Watch, t/a Jewish Human Rights Watch) v Leicester City Council [2018] EWCA Civ 1551
methodist minister supreme court 2013 Supreme Court holdthat Methodist ministers are office-holders, not employees, (130515). President of the Methodist Conference v Preston [2013] UKSC 29

Church of England Parochial Fees 2019

Since its first posting on 18 November 2018, Church of England parochial fees 2019 has been our most accessed post; an explanation of the calculation of these fees and the timing of their publication is here. The February 2019 General Synod is scheduled to consider the formula for parochial fees for the period 2020 to 2025.

Links to sources of frequently sought data

The Church of England’s revised web site was introduced over a year ago; since then, a number of improvements have been made, and users have become more familiar with the site’s architecture. Nevertheless, 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). Our “Quick Answer” indicates when the topic of the query was last addressed on the blog. 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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