Retired vicar banned over ‘virulently antisemitic’ posts Published 11 hours ago – BBC News

Posted January 31st, 2023 in Church of England, clergy, complaints, disciplinary procedures, internet, Judaism, news by tracey

‘A Church of England priest who shared “virulently antisemitic” material has been barred from ministry for 12 years.’

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BBC News, 30th January 2023

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Is discernment for ordination training an offer of employment? McCalla – Law & Religion UK

Posted January 25th, 2023 in Church of England, employment, employment tribunals, equality, news by sally

‘In Professor Doreen McCalla v Lichfield Diocesan Board of Finance Inc & Anor [2022] UKET 1303655/2021, the claimant felt a call to ordination in the Church of England and went through its Discernment of Vocations Process between February 2016 and June 2021 but was rejected for training. She claimed discrimination in her treatment by the respondents and by others for whom she alleged the respondents were vicariously liable, both during the discernment process and in respect of its termination. She sued the Diocesan Board of Finance and the Bishop in his corporate capacity, initially claiming discrimination on grounds of sex, age and race [1-4], but by the time the claim came to trial it had been whittled down to a claim that either or both of the respondents had discriminated against her in the discernment process and its termination, in breach of s.55 (2) Equality Act 2010.’

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Law & Religion UK, 24th January 2023

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Church of England bishops refuse to back gay marriage – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2023 in Church of England, clergy, homosexuality, marriage, news by tracey

‘The Church of England has rejected demands to allow clergy to conduct same-sex marriages but is proposing that couples who married in a civil ceremony may have their union blessed in church.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2023

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Church of England bishops refuse to back gay marriage – BBC News

‘Church of England bishops have refused to back a change in teaching to allow priests to marry same-sex couples, sources have told BBC News. The Church of England’s bishops met on Tuesday to finalise their recommendations after five years of consultation and debate on the Church’s position on sexuality.
Their proposal will be debated at the Church’s equivalent of a parliament – the General Synod – next month.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2023

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Law & religion in the consistory courts 2022 – Law & Religion UK

‘The post Law & religion in the UK courts 2022 highlights some of the most significant UK religion cases in the secular courts over the past year. Decisions of the consistory courts of the Church of England have been reported on a monthly basis and these ~150 cases were summarized in our annual review. In this post, we summarize nine cases which demonstrate different aspects of ecclesiastical law which have been of interest during the year. These include: “contested heritage“; the practical aspects of the Church’s “net zero“ commitment; a variant on the “seats vs pews” debate; a hark back to the Pre-Raphaelites; the Burial Act 1855; and cautionary tales from the courts.’

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Law & Religion UK, 4th January 2023

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“Church treasures”: an unnecessary classification? – Law & Religion UK

Posted September 2nd, 2022 in Church of England, news by tracey

‘The recently published Removal of bells from a closed church considers two judgments relating to St James, Church Kirk in the Blackburn Diocese; the earlier case, Re St James Church Kirk [2019] ECC Bla 4, suggested that the designation of “church treasure” was not appropriate in relation to one of the church’s bells [12, 13]. The Worshipful John W Bullimore addressed the issue in the context of a closed church, and below we explore this further and consider the utility of such a designation, other than providing a convenient shorthand for a range of disparate but valuable objects.’

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Law & Religion UK, 2nd September 2022

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Synod vote on “assisted suicide” – Law & Religion UK

Posted July 15th, 2022 in assisted suicide, Church of England, news, suicide by tracey

‘Following the debate on Dr Simon Eyre’s Private Members’ Motion on Assisted Suicide on 10 July 2022, General Synod voted 289 in favour, 25 against and 33 abstentions; the Church of England issued the Press Release More funding needed for palliative care, General Synod hears, in debate on Assisted Suicide.’

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Law & Religion UK, 12th July 2022

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Reforming clergy discipline in the Church of England – Law & Religion UK

‘The General Synod of the Church of England has voted in favour of the first steps to legislate for a Clergy Conduct Measure which will replace the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003. The vote follows the publication of the report by the Clergy Conduct Measure Implementation Group, Under Authority Revisited, which sets out proposals for complaints to be allocated into three different tracks, depending on seriousness: “Grievance”, “Allegation of misconduct” and “Allegation of serious misconduct”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 13th July 2022

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C of E procedures on racial injustice ‘inadequate’, says Cambridge college – The Guardian

‘The Church of England’s procedures for addressing issues of racial injustice and contested heritage are “inadequate” and “not fit for purpose”, according to the head of Jesus College at the University of Cambridge.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2022

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Contested heritage – A review of the Church of England guidance – Law & Religion UK

‘In a guest post, Trevor Cooper, of the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, looks at the issues surrounding “contested heritage”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 21st January 2022

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Church of England admits failures over priest falsely accused of child abuse – The Independent

‘The Church of England has apologised for its role in the suicide of a former priest, who spent a year under investigation over unfounded rumours of child abuse.’

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The Independent, 26th August 2021

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Clergy speak out over ‘racism in Church of England’ Published8 hours ago – BBC News

Posted April 19th, 2021 in Church of England, complaints, disclosure, employment, news, racism by tracey

‘Some ethnic minority staff who made complaints of racism within the Church of England have been paid off to “buy their silence”, BBC Panorama has been told.’

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BBC News, 19th April 2021

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Church of England: publication of detailed responses to IICSA report – Law & Religion UK

Posted March 31st, 2021 in child abuse, Church of England, news, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Church of England has today published its detailed responses to the recommendations of the IICSA report of October 2020.’

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Law & Religion UK, 29th March 2021

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Carbon neutrality and the consistory courts – Law & Religion UK

‘The practical issues of reducing GHG emissions were considered in Re St. Mark Mitcham [2020] ECC Swk5, which concerned the replacement of an existing gas fuelled heating system. Mindful of Synod’s commitment, Chancellor Philip Petchey expressed a hope that those who involved in achieving the carbon reduction targets would find the judgment helpful.’

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Law & Religion UK, 24th November 2020

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Justin Welby: Child sex abuse report a ‘wake-up call’ for Church – BBC News

‘A report that found the Church of England failed to protect children from sexual abuse was “a big wake-up call”, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said. Justin Welby said “nothing must get in the way” of change after a report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) said the Church had failed to protect children.’

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BBC News, 7th October 2020

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Independent Case Review published – Oxford Diocese – Law & Religion UK

‘On 12th December 2018, the Diocese of Oxford announced the establishment of an Independent Case Review of the diocesan safeguarding response to allegations of spiritual abuse in the case of the Revd Tim Davis. On 11 September 2020, the Diocese of Oxford published the Review’s findings, a summary of which is reproduced below.’

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Law & Religion UK, 11th September 2020

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Church of England disowns ruling on Irish epitaph on gravestone – The Guardian

‘The Church of England has disowned a legal ruling in its own religious courts after a grieving family was banned from erecting a memorial with an untranslated motto in Irish because it might arouse political “passions”.’

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The Guardian, 5th June 2020

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It’s Not Your Vault: Adverse Possession in King & Anor v The Benefice of Newburn In the Diocese of Newcastle – Hardwicke Chambers

‘According to the statistics held by HM Land Registry, some 15% of land in England and Wales is unregistered. In particular, much of the land owned by the Crown, the aristocracy and the Church has not been registered, because there has been no change in ownership of the land since compulsory registration on sale of land was introduced.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 3rd March 2020

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Chichester vicar jailed for ‘this is what God wants’ abuse – BBC News

‘A former vicar who sexually abused a woman and a girl, who he told “it was what God wanted”, has been jailed for eight years.’

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BBC News, 21st February 2020

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Church of England may have to pay out millions over child sexual abuse – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2020 in child abuse, Church of England, clergy, compensation, news, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘he Church of England could face a multimillion-pound bill after its ruling body voted in favour of compensating survivors of sexual abuse.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2020

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