One we should have carried earlier – Sero Sed Serio
Towards the end of 2017, researchers at the Universities of York and Leeds published the results of their recent work in the snappily-titled report Religious marriage of same-sex couples: A report on places of worship in England and Wales registered for the solemnization of same-sex marriage. They found that same-sex couples who wish to marry by way of a religious ceremony in England and Wales are at a significant disadvantage compared with different-sex couples since they have little opportunity to marry in a place of worship or by way of a religious ceremony.
Below is the final compilation of “Quick Answers”, which from 13 August 2017 have provided responses to ~170 readers’ queries, with a few general comments thrown in for good measure. In view of the disparate nature of the searches, we will not be posting an end-of-year summary, although at a later stage may publish a collated version the more frequent requests. Continue reading →
As in previous years, we have compiled a quiz concerning events in law and religion during 2017, many of which have featured in our posts. Answers will be published on Saturday, 13 January 2018.Continue reading →
Doubts raised on use of new process in West Midlands
On 18 December 2017 the BBC reported ‘Water cremation’ plans on hold over environmental fearsfollowing an earlier refusal* by Severn Trent Water to grant a trade effluent permit to Sandwell Council who wished to operate an alkaline hydrolysis plant (“resomation”) for the disposal of human remains. Readers will recall last week’s post on the Law Commission’s 13th Programme of Law Reform on the 14 projects that the it will look at over the next three years. One of these was “A Modern Framework for Disposing of the Dead” Continue reading →
Today the Church of England issued the following Press Releaseannouncing the publication of key findings and recommendations, along with the full report, from the independent review into the processes used in the Bishop George Bell case. Continue reading →
On 14 December, the Law Commission announced that leasehold, trust law, smart contracts and chancel repair liability are among the 14 projects that the Law Commission will look at over the next three years. A number of these projects are associated with “law and religion” and related issues, including: Continue reading →