First priest to marry same-sex partner sues church for discrimination – The Guardian

‘The first priest to marry his same-sex partner has begun a discrimination case against the Church of England over its withdrawal of his right to officiate as a priest following the union.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2015

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Sharpe v Bishop of Worcester (in his corporate capacity) – WLR Daily

Sharpe v Bishop of Worcester (in his corporate capacity) [2015] EWCA Civ 399; [2015] WLR (D) 196

‘In determining the question of whether a person was a “worker” within the meaning of section 43K(1)(a) of the Employment Rights Act 1996, the words “terms on which he is or was engaged to do the work” required the person to have a contract with the person of whom he was said to be a “worker”.’

WLR Daily, 30th April 2015

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Retired vicar who refused to pay council tax as matter of principle wins High Court victory over excessive costs – The Independent

Posted May 7th, 2015 in clergy, costs, council tax, news, poverty, taxation by sally

‘A retired vicar who refused to pay council tax on a matter of principle has won a High Court victory over excessive costs.’

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The Independent, 7th May 2015

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Lords Spiritual (Women) Act 2015 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 1st, 2015 in clergy, legislation, peerages & dignities, women by sally

Lords Spiritual (Women) Act 2015 published

Full text of Act

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Hanley Broadheath ‘harassed’ vicar at Court of Appeal – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2015 in appeals, Church of England, clergy, employment, harassment, news, unfair dismissal by sally

‘A vicar who claimed he was the victim of four years of harassment has appeared at the Court of Appeal over whether he has the right to bring an action for unfair dismissal.’

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BBC News, 11th February 2015

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CPS to launch review after ‘shambolic’ fake marriage case collapses – The Independent

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to launch a full review of its procedures after a judge halted a case in which a vicar who was alleged to have operated a “conveyor belt” of sham marriages claimed that immigration officers concealed evidence and lied under oath.’

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The Independent, 23rd October 2014

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Police officer in Sean Rigg case not allowed to resign, court rules – The Guardian

‘A police constable under investigation following the death of a mentally ill musician has lost a legal battle to be allowed to resign in order to become a Church of England minister.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2014

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Deacon Alan Morris jailed for school sex abuse – BBC News

‘A deacon convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys at a Greater Manchester school has been jailed for nine years.’

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BBC News, 28th August 2014

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Catholic Church defrocks 52 priests for sex abuse – BBC News

Posted July 25th, 2014 in child abuse, clergy, disciplinary procedures, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Catholic Church in England and Wales has defrocked 52 priests for sexual abuse since 2001. The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) also said 465 sexual assault claims were made against clergy members between 2003 and 2012.’

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BBC News, 24th July 2014

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Women bishops vote welcomed by Archbishop of Canterbury – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2014 in Church of England, clergy, equality, news, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘The Archbishop of Canterbury has welcomed the Church of England’s historic vote to allow women to become bishops.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2014

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Paedophile priest Francis Paul Cullen jailed for 15 years – BBC News

Posted March 25th, 2014 in clergy, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A priest who sexually assaulted seven children before spending more than two decades on the run in Spain has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 24th March 2014

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Ombudsman could rule on Church of England disputes – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 28th, 2013 in Church of England, clergy, complaints, equality, news, ombudsmen, women by sally

“Church of England proposes setting up an ombudsman to handle complaints arising from the introduction of women bishops.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th October 2013

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Diocese of York abuse inquiry opens clergy files – BBC News

“Church files on deceased clergy who served in the Diocese of York are to be opened as part of an investigation into alleged cases of child abuse.”

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BBC News, 17th August 2013

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No trade unions for clergy if the Archbishop says no, rules European Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 2nd, 2013 in clergy, human rights, news, trade unions by sally

“The Orthodox Archbishop of Craiova in Romania, that is, not the Archbishop of Canterbury. The European Court of Human Rights recently handed down an interesting ruling on Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) that could also have more far-reaching consequences for the application of Article 9 (freedom of religion).”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st August 2013

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Are Imams Employees Of Mosques? – No. 5 Chambers

Posted July 31st, 2013 in clergy, employment, Islam, news by sally

“An Imam performs the duty of offering prayer for the congregation in mosques. Essentially mosques are a centre of community worship where Muslims perform ritual prayer and where historically they also gathered for political, social and cultural functions. The function of the mosque is summarised by the 13th Century jurist Ibn Taymiyah as a place of gathering where prayer was celebrated and where public affairs were conducted. Services connected to marriages or birth are not usually performed inside the mosque. The rites that are important and integral to the function of many churches such as confession, penitence and confirmation do not exist in mosques.”

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No. 5 Chambers, 25th July 2013

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Secretly-married priest jailed for sex assault on 17-year-old girl – The Independent

Posted April 12th, 2013 in abuse of position of trust, clergy, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

“A secretly-married priest who sexually assaulted a teenage girl in what a judge described as an ‘enormous breach of trust’ was today jailed for six months.”

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The Independent, 11th April 2013

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Ex-Church of England priest Keith Wilkie Denford and organist Michael Mytton guilty of string of child abuse offences – The Independent

Posted April 8th, 2013 in child abuse, clergy, news, sexual offences by sally

“A retired Church of England priest and a former organist and choirmaster have been found guilty of a string of child sex abuse offences dating back more than 25 years.”

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The Independent, 5th April 2013

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Ex-canon of Carlisle Cathedral Ronald Johns jailed – BBC News

Posted November 19th, 2012 in child abuse, clergy, news, sentencing, sexual grooming, sexual offences, victims by sally

“A former canon of Carlisle Cathedral, convicted of a series of child sex offences dating back almost 30 years, has been jailed for four years.”

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BBC News, 19th November 2012

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Child sex abuse inquiry damns Chichester church’s local safeguarding – The Guardian

Posted August 31st, 2012 in child abuse, clergy, inquiries, news by tracey

“An inquiry into child sex abuse by Church of England clergy in Chichester has found many children suffered ‘abiding hurt and damage’ because local safeguarding measures had fallen ‘woefully short’ for two decades.”

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The Guardian, 31st August 2012

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E v English Province of Our Lady of Charity and another – WLR Daily

Posted July 16th, 2012 in appeals, child abuse, clergy, employment, law reports, vicarious liability by sally

E v English Province of Our Lady of Charity and another [2012] EWCA Civ 938; [2012] WLR (D) 204

“In a case in which a Roman Catholic parish priest was said to have abused a young girl, and the question arose, as to potential vicarious liability, whether he was an employee, independent contractor, or in some other manner to be considered akin to an employee, the law as to vicarious liability was to be extended such that the question should be approached in a broader way, and also by reference to several tests, looking, inter alia, to whether the applicable status was akin to employment, and whether it would be just and fair to impose vicarious liability.”

WLR Daily, 12th July 2012

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