Balancing mission, aesthetics and heritage of parish churches – further considerations – Law & Religion UK

Posted September 13th, 2017 in Church of England, ecclesiastical law, listed buildings, news, planning by tracey

‘In our post, Balancing mission, aesthetics and heritage of parish churches, we noted that the Church’s consistory courts are frequently required to weigh up the relative merits of proposed building work for repair or modification in terms of their impact on the heritage and aesthetics of the building against its overall mission within the community.’

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Law & Religion UK, 13th September 2017

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Consistory court evidence or “Call My Bluff”: Episode 1 – Law & Religion UK

Posted August 30th, 2017 in Church of England, courts, documents, ecclesiastical law, evidence, judgments, news by sally

‘In our monthly reviews of consistory court judgments, it is not uncommon to encounter assertions in the submissions of petitioners, the amenity societies, and even “experts” which are less than robust. However, in this ecclesiastical variant on “Call My Bluff“, the Chancellor/Commissary-General invariably sees through the weasel words, exaggerations &c, and the published judgments reveal how the perpetrators are diplomatically taken to task, as appropriate. However, whilst statements made on checkable facts are easy to identify, those that transcend the binary “true or bluff” question to matters of opinion or the assessment of a particular “expert” are more complex to assess. The following discussion includes a number of examples on which future petitioners might wish to ponder.’

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Law & Religion UK, 30th August 2017

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Guidance on “Ruined Churches” – Law & Religion UK

‘ChurchCare has published a CBC Guidance Note on Ruined Churches, (“the Note”). Whilst much of the 14-page document is concerned with explaining the options available to dioceses and parishes for the management of these buildings, it also includes a brief summary of the law relevant to this little-explored area.’

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Law & Religion UK, 24th July 2017

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Church of England failed child victims of sexual abuse while ‘colluding’ with disgraced bishop, report finds – The Independent

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in child abuse, Church of England, corruption, evidence, news, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Church of England “concealed” evidence of child abuse by a former bishop stretching over two decades, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said, following a major independent review.’

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The Independent, 22nd June 2017

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War graves lost as court gives council permission to bury civilians on top of World War I soldiers – Daily Telegraph

‘London council is to be allowed to bury people in land on top of war graves after a Church of England court gave it permission.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2017

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May a parish council grant-aid a place of worship? – Law & Religion UK

Posted March 9th, 2017 in Church of England, historic buildings, local government, news by sally

‘he following is based on a recent submission of the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance (HRBA) to the DCMS English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review and is posted with the kind permission of the HRBA Chairman, Trevor Cooper.’

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Law & Religion UK, 7th March 2017

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Church liability: fall from ladder – Law & Religion UK

‘On 3 March 2017, the Court of Appeal (Civil) Division handed down the judgment in Casson v Hudson & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 125 in relation to a claim for damages following a fall from a ladder during the painting of a church hall. The case highlights the potential liabilities faced by incumbents and PCCs in relation to persons undertaking work on premises for which they are responsible.’

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Law & Religion UK, 8th March 2017

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Banns of marriage – their development and future – Law & Religion UK

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in Church of England, disclosure, marriage, news, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales by sally

‘The legal requirement to read banns for couples intending to marry in church services was considered by members of the Church of England General Synod on 14 February 2017. Though Synod rejected moves that sought to end this “ecclesiastical preliminary” to marriage, important arguments were cited both for their retention and for their removal. In this post, we summarize the development and current usage in England and Wales, Scotland and the two jurisdictions in Ireland, and examine possible future directions.’

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Law & Religion UK, 23rd February 2017

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Hospital chaplain loses same-sex wedding discrimination appeal – The Guardian

‘A Church of England hospital chaplain has lost his claim that he was discriminated against when his licence to work was withdrawn after he married his same-sex partner, in a case that gay rights campaigners hoped would force the church to change its stance.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2016

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Bishop George Bell case: Lord Carlile to lead review – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in child abuse, Church of England, clergy, inquiries, news by tracey

‘An independent review into how the Church of England handled the case of a bishop accused of being a child abuser is to be led by Lord Carlile.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2016

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Judge bans freemasonry emblem from gravestone of senior mason – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 10th, 2016 in burials and cremation, Christianity, Church of England, news by sally

‘A judge has banned a family from having the Freemasons square and compass emblem etched into the gravestone of a Freemason who died after devoting much of his life to the organization.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th October 2016

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Church of England clergyman found guilty of historical sex offences – The Guardian

Posted August 5th, 2016 in Church of England, clergy, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘A senior Church of England clergyman has been found guilty of sex offences committed against two young men in the 1970s and 80s amid claims of a church cover-up.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2016

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Church of England apologises for abuses at Kent children’s home – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2016 in care homes, child abuse, children, Church of England, news, reports by tracey

‘The Church of England has offered a “whole-hearted apology” to hundreds of emotionally disturbed adolescent girls placed at a church-run children’s home where residents were drugged, locked up and physically and sexually abused over a 20-year period.’

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The Guardian, 13th July 2016

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Goddard Inquiry: Focus on CofE handling of abuse claims – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2016 in child abuse, Church of England, inquiries, news, victims by tracey

‘A public inquiry is to consider whether there was interference by the Church of England in the case of jailed former Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2016

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Goddard inquiry to hold preliminary hearing on abuse linked to church – The Guardian

‘The Wednesday in an investigation into the track record of Anglican churches in England and Wales in preventing exploitation, dealing with perpetrators and helping survivors to overcome trauma and obtain justice.’

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The Guardian, 16th March 2016

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Gay clergyman to appeal after losing discrimination claim – The Guardian

‘A gay clergyman who lost an employment tribunal against the Church of England has been given the right to appeal.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2016

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Call for fewer Church of England bishops in House of Lords – BBC News

‘The number of Church of England bishops who sit as peers in the House of Lords should be cut to make way for leaders of other faiths, a new report argues.’

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BBC News, 7th December 2015

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Church of England pays £35,000 to man abused by expert on canon law – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2015 in Church of England, clergy, compensation, news, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘The Church of England has paid £35,000 in compensation and apologised to a survivor of clerical sexual abuse in the latest in a string of cases involving senior church figures. The diocese of London has also agreed to an independent review of how the church handled the allegations of abuse, which date back to the 1980s.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2015

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What’s all the fuss about the Lord’s prayer? Emma Fenelon – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 1st, 2015 in advertising, Church of England, equality, freedom of expression, news by tracey

‘“I find your lack of faith disturbing” (Darth Vader). Digital Cinema Media (DCM), the media agency that supplies adverts to 80% of UK cinemas caused consternation last week when it announced its refusal to show a 60-second advert by the Church of England encouraging people to pray. The ad would have been guaranteed a sizable audience had it been permitted to air as planned before the upcoming Star Wars: the Force Awakens, advance ticket sales for which have broken all known records.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st December 2015

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Lord’s Prayer: What are the rules on religious adverts? – BBC News

Posted November 24th, 2015 in advertising, Church of England, codes of practice, news by sally

‘Leading UK cinemas are refusing to screen a Church of England commercial reciting the Lord’s Prayer. But what are the rules on religious advertising, asks Justin Parkinson.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2015

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