Recent queries and comments – 30th September

More answers to queries and comments

We have made a further compilation of “Quick Answers” to questions which have arisen from searches of, or comments during the past couple of weeks, providing links to our blog posts addressing these issues. One question which was not asked was “Will the world end on 23rd September?“; according to the Daily Star, “Lambeth Palace, the Most Rev Justin Welby’s office, finally referred us to a list of official church scholars who could comment”, of which “only one theologian came forward”: a link to Dr Ian Paul’s post is included below, but if you are reading this post, you probably know the answer already. Continue reading

Why the constitutional treatment of religion in Great Britain matters in religious disputes

In this guest post, cross-posted with permission from the UK Constitutional Law blog, Javier García Oliva looks at the wider constitutional implications of two recent cases involving children and religion.

Two high-profile cases concerning the approach of public authorities towards religion and identity, where the care and future of looked after children were concerned, have featured this summer.

Firstly, a Sikh couple were denied the opportunity to adopt a white baby by Adopt Berkshire, the Windsor and Maidenhead council-run adoption agency, and despite considerable political pressure and the intervention of the EHRC, the local authority refused to alter its position, Continue reading

An (ecclesiastical) law glossary

The Prayer Book Society (PBS) has announced that first-year students in theological colleges across the country are to receive a brand new glossary to assist their understanding of The Book of Common Prayer which is handed to them by the PBS at the start of their studies.  Continue reading

Law and religion round-up – 24th September

A very quiet week – except in Florence…

Brexit

From the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence on Friday:

“Where there is uncertainty around underlying EU law, I want the UK courts to be able to take into account the judgments of the European Court of Justice with a view to ensuring consistent interpretation. On this basis, I hope our teams can reach firm agreement quickly.” Continue reading