In the seasonal spirit of the King William’s College Quiz, published each year in The Guardian, readers are asked to test their knowledge on the following lesser-known aspects of ecclesiastical legislation. Traditionally, the quiz is introduced as “Scire ubi aliquid invenire possis, ea demum maxima pars eruditionis est” – “To know where you can find anything is, after all, the greatest part of erudition.”
King William’s pupils sit the test unseen on the day before the Christmas holiday, and on their return in the New Year, having researched the answers. Those for the following question will be included in January’s first weekly round-up.
2. Although legislation permits clergy of the Church of England to refuse to marry divorcees and those of changed gender, which “conscience clause” was removed in 1992 and what are clergy now obliged to do?
3. Why should PCCs take precautions against the group of people “who indulge in a little jiggery-pokery and hunkle-schmunkle from time to time”?
4. To what does the following advice refer:
- the site should be more than 30 metres from any spring or any running or standing water, and should also be more than 10 metres from any ‘dry’ ditch or field drain;
- the site should be at least 50 metres away from any well, borehole or spring that supplies water for any use;
- when preparing, there should be no standing water when first dug and very sandy soil should be avoided;
- there should be at least one metre of soil above and below the deposit?
5 Attribute the following:
a) “He that would keep a secret must keep it secret that he hath a secret to keep”
b) “the truth is that in many of these statutes, the legislature has left the point open, you may as well toss a coin to decide it”
c)“… information disclosing the identity of a packer of a package, or the identity of the person who arranged with the packer of a package for the package to be made up, shall be treated as a trade secret …”
7. Where and why was it decided that it was not wrong for a church “to facilitate transmission of pornography . . . . .[and] to gain financial advantage thereby, however slight or modest”?
8. What is the link between St James, Swimbridge, Devon, and R (on the application of Countryside Alliance and others and others (Appellants)) v Her Majesty’s Attorney General and another (Respondents),  UKHL 52?
And in advance of our forthcoming posts on the basics of European legislation,
9. Is the “droop quota”:
a) the EU permitted level of straightness of bananas?
b) a commonly used measure in relation to Single Transferrable Voting?
c) an indication of the effects of drinking Belgian beer?
and what is its relevance to the Republic of Ireland?
10. What are classified as “red”, “blue”, “turquoise” or “pink”?