The Church of England has issued the following statement from Bishop Peter Hancock, its lead Safeguarding bishop, following the reference to the case in the IICSA hearing on 30 January 3018 and the statement from the National Safeguarding Team. The relevant documents are reproduced below. Continue reading
Review of the ecclesiastical court judgments during January 2018, & additional judgments from 2017
Following our recent post which reviewed some of the ecclesiastical court judgments published in December, ten further judgments for 2017 are now available in addition to three from 2018. Continue reading
More answers to readers’ 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. Continue reading
The applicability of Provincial Courts’ decisions is set to be resolved at last
On 8 February, General Synod will consider the Report of the Revision Committee, GS 2064Y, on the draft Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure, GS 2064A. An issue of relevance to ecclesiastical jurisdiction is Clause 7, which will finally resolve an on-going issue of the applicability of decisions of the Provincial Courts. Continue reading
A new bishop, a new(ish) blog, but also plenty on burial rights, coroners and animal slaughter
Reuse of graves
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Justice answered a Written Question  from Nicky Morgan (Conservative, Loughborough) asking what representations the Secretary of State has received from (a) the Burial and Cremation Advisory Group and (b) other stakeholders on the reuse of graves; and whether his Department plans to continue to review the matter of such reuse. Continue reading
In a cross-post – with permission – from his blog, Michael Sadgrove, Dean Emeritus of Durham, comments on the report of the Cathedrals Working Group
The eagerly awaited Cathedrals Working Group Draft Report was published last week. It is now out for consultation. I’d like to offer this blog as a contribution to that process.
I confess I had misgivings about setting up yet another review of cathedrals. My worry was that this process was a clear consequence of the much-publicised crises at Peterborough and Exeter Cathedrals. It would have been so easy for the Working Group’s debates to be driven by anxiety towards quick-fix solutions that would, hopefully, deal with the “problem” of cathedrals once and for all. Such imagined solutions, applied to institutions centuries old, would at best have been premature, and very probably, entirely wrong.