Churchwardens, pine cones and a cheeky squirrel – Law & Religion UK

Posted September 11th, 2019 in Church of England, ecclesiastical law, health & safety, news, trees by tracey

‘The short, 2-page judgment Re St Peter West Blatchington [2019] ECC Chi 4 will be of interest to those with the responsibilities for the care and maintenance of churchyards.’

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Law & Religion UK, 10th September 2019

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CofE commissions review into Smyth case – Law & Religion UK

Posted August 16th, 2019 in child abuse, Church of England, news by tracey

‘The Church of England has published the following Press Release announcing that its National Safeguarding Team has commissioned Keith Makin to undertake a review into the Church’s handling of allegations relating to the conduct of the late John Smyth QC.’

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Law & Religion UK, 13th August 2019

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Events in 1995 and 2010 lead to lifetime CDM prohibition – Law & Religion UK

‘On 30 July 2019, the Clergy Discipline Tribunal of the Diocese of Portsmouth (“the Tribunal”) handed down a lifetime prohibition on the exercise of any function of the orders of the Reverend Simon Sayers, Rector of Warblington and Emsworth, Hampshire. The complaint was raised by the Ven Dr Joanne Grenfell on 23 March 2017 in relation to unbecoming or inappropriate conduct to the office and work of a clerk in Holy Orders within section (8)(1)(d) of the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003.’

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Law & Religion UK, 6th August 2019

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Statutory school worship – managing post-Christendom pluralism – Law & Religion Uk

Posted August 5th, 2019 in Christianity, Church of England, education, news, school children by tracey

‘In this guest post, Dr Jonathan Chaplin, an independent scholar specialising in political theology and a member of the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University, looks at some of the background relating to the forthcoming High Court challenge to compulsory religious assemblies in schools.’

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Law & Religion Uk, 5th August 2019

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Past Cases Review 2 – Church of England – Law & Religion UK

‘On 1 August, the Church of England announced the publication of protocols and practice guidance for its Past Cases Review 2, (PCR2).’

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Law & Religion UK, 1st August 2019

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Atheist parents take primary school to court as they say assembly prayers breach children’s human rights – Daily Telegraph

‘Atheist parents are taking their children’s primary school to the High Court, claiming that biblical re-enactments and praying in assembly are a breach of their human rights.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th July 2019

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Clergy Discipline – Rebuke administered in “an unusual case” – Law & Religion UK

‘On 14 May 2019, the Bishop’s Disciplinary Tribunal for the Diocese of Carlisle heard a complaint against the Revd Canon Cameron Butland by the Archdeacon of Westmoreland and Furness, alleging that the Respondent had been neglectful or inefficient in the performance of his duties. Since the misconduct was admitted, the only issue before the Tribunal was that of penalty. The Tribunal determined that the appropriate penalty was one of rebuke.’

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Law & Religion UK, 23rd July 2019

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Church review of Bishop Whitsey case – Law and Religion UK

‘On 22 May 2019, the Church of England announced a review into the allegations of sexual offences against children and adults by the late Bishop Hubert Victor Whitsey.’

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Law and Religion UK, 23rd May 2019

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Judge rejects claims by parish that nuns conspired to provide district council with false information to secure planning permission – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has rejected claims made by a parish council that an international congregation of nuns conspired to provide false information to a district council in order to obtain planning permission for a former school site.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th May 2019

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Church rejects report which says clergy should be allowed to go to police with sex abuse confessions – Daily Telegraph

‘The Church of England is ignoring abuse victims, survivors claim, after it rejected a report saying that clergy should report sex abuse confessions to police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th May 2019

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Equal marriage in the Church of England – Law & Religion UK

Posted April 12th, 2019 in Church of England, equality, gender, homosexuality, marriage, news by sally

‘On Friday 12 April, a new campaign was launched with aim of changing the teaching and practice of the Church of England to allow all couples to marry in church, regardless of their gender, sex or sexuality.’

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Law & Religion UK, 12th April 2019

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“Comprehensive and historical” safeguarding review – Salisbury Diocese – Law & Religion UK

Posted February 22nd, 2019 in child abuse, children, Church of England, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘The Diocese of Salisbury has begun a pioneering safeguarding review – one that will include piloting the next stage of Past Case Reviews for the whole of the Church of England.’

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Law & Religion UK, 19th February 2019

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Churches no longer have to hold Sunday services – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2019 in Church of England, ecclesiastical law, news by tracey

‘A weekly Sunday service will no longer be compulsory for churches after a vote to change a 400-year-old law was passed by the Church of England’s ruling body.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2019

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Church statements on Bishop George Bell – Law & Religion UK

Posted January 25th, 2019 in child abuse, Church of England, clergy, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Today, 24 January 2019, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the National Safeguarding Team issued statements following a ruling by Timothy Briden, a senior ecclesiastical lawyer, relating to fresh information received about the late Bishop George Bell. The core group took the view that there were no safeguarding issues arising out of the fresh information and Mr Briden concluded that the allegations presented to him were unfounded.’

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Law & Religion UK, 24th January 2019

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Bishop George Bell abuse allegations ‘unfounded’ – BBC News

Posted January 25th, 2019 in child abuse, Church of England, clergy, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Further allegations against the late Bishop of Chichester George Bell are “unfounded”, a Church of England (CofE) appointed lawyer has ruled.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2019

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Exhumation and reburial of alleged sexual abuser: Re the Cremated Remains of AA – Law & Religion UK

‘The issue of the permanence of Christian burial and the circumstances in which, exceptionally, exhumation and reinterment of remains might be authorised by faculty has arisen once again in Re St X, the Cremated Remains of AA [2018] ECC Lic 7.’

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Law & Religion UK, 9th January 2019

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Church of England orders remains of alleged paedophile to be exhumed as family members don’t want to be buried alongside him – Daily telegraph

‘The Church of England has ordered the remains of an alleged paedophile to be exhumed after living family members said they do not wish to be buried alongside him.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2019

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Independent Case Review – Oxford Diocese – Law & Religion UK

Posted December 12th, 2018 in Church of England, clergy, disciplinary procedures, news by sally

‘Today, 12th December, the Diocese of Oxford has issued the following Press Release on 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.’

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Law & Religion UK, 12th December 2018

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Churchyard memorials which cause affront and offence – Law and Religion UK

Posted July 11th, 2018 in Church of England, families, monuments, news by tracey

‘Although it is always open for a person who wishes to introduce a memorial, or to modify an existing one, to submit a petition to the consistory court, in Re Holy Trinity Drayton Parslow [2018] ECC Oxf 3* permission was refused inter alia as it was deemed that the proposed alteration would be an affront and offence to the parishioners.’

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Law and Religion UK, 11th July 2018

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Church of England ombudsman to oversee sexual abuse cases – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2018 in child abuse, Church of England, clergy, news, ombudsmen, personal injuries by sally

‘The Church of England is to establish an independent ombudsman to deal with complaints over its handling of sexual abuse cases, and will seek other ways of strengthening independent scrutiny of its processes.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2018

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