More answers to readers’ queries and comments – July/August

More answers to readers’ queries and comments

Below is a further compilation of “Quick Answers” to questions which have arisen from searches of L&RUK, or in comments on posts made during recent weeks; links are provided to our blog posts which (to us) appear to address the query.

1. Questions and answers

Question Quick Answer L&RUK Answer
asbestos in organ blower units Asbestos in pipe organs, (181212). But note the caveat re: seeking professional advice.
Anglican hymns to do with greed All things bright and beautiful, verse 3. “The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate”.
However, verse 3 is generally omitted.
canons on the vesting of the clergy Canon B 8: Of the vesture of ordained and authorized ministers during the time of divine service
complain to council bell ringing I don’t think L&RUK should encourage this!
heraldic shield in churches Heraldic memorials in churches, (180222). Re St Mary Magdalene Adlestrop [2017] ECC Glo 2, (hatchments).
human taphonomic facility knoxville A “body farm” in the UK – organ donation in extremis, (190508).
spending by party campaigners European elections – non-party campaigners, (190416). General election non-party campaigning: reporting and record keeping, (150127).
ecclesiastical exemption wales exempt denominations Ecclesiastical exemption in the UK: a note, (190708).
charity commission inquiry into Jehovah’s witnesses Charity Commission inquiry report: New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, (170802).

2. Case law related queries

Question Quick Answer L&RUK Answer
mattock lane pspo ealing council Dulgheriu & Anor v The London Borough Of Ealing [2018] EWHC 1667 (Admin) Ealing Council use of PSPO “safe zone” upheld, (180703).
echr article 9 and jehovah’s witnesses Jehovah’s Witnesses and blood products, (190616).
tf and ma v sshd [2018 csih 58 TF and MA, Appeals by Against the Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] ScotCS CSIH 58 Asylum-seekers and religious conversion: TF and MA, (180903).
steinfeld and keidan Opposite-sex civil partnerships: Steinfeld,(180629). Steinfeld & Anor v Secretary of State for Education [2017] EWCA Civ 81
christian brothers test for vicarious liability The Christian Brothers, child abuse and vicarious liability – yet again, (161031). There are subsequent cases on vicarious liability under similar circumstances, though not in relation to the Christian Brothers.

3. Top ten L&R UK posts since 19 July 2019

Registration of marriage from end-2019 – Faculty Office
Clergy Discipline – Rebuke administered in “an unusual case”
Church bells and the law – I
Church statement on marriage registration changes
Churches as charities: some basics
Church of England parochial fees 2019
Statutory school worship – managing post-Christendom pluralism
Churches, Minsters and Cathedrals
Events in 1995 and 2010 lead to lifetime CDM prohibition
Churchyard Regulations – the practicalities of enforcement

4. Q&A on other areas of ecclesiastical law

“Canon Law Made Easy, Cathy Caridi

If I Become a Catholic, What Happens to My Marriage? (Part I)
If I Become a Catholic, What Happens to My Marriage? (Part II)
What Happens when Canon Law Conflicts with Social Custom?
Discovering an Impediment Right Before the Wedding


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.

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "More answers to readers’ queries and comments – July/August" in Law & Religion UK, 19 August 2019,

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