Celebrity Marriages (and others)

New church guidance of relevance to all CofE weddings

In February this year, the General Synod Legal Advisory Commission issued new advice on a number of issues including that of “celebrity marriages” (“the Advice”). This particular document will be of assistance to not only the clergy responsible for the conduct of such events, but for those involved in their arrangement and those wishing to attend. Furthermore, since “celebrity” affords such individuals few additional concessions in the conduct of a church service, much of the advice is applicable to all weddings. Continue reading

Synod votes against bishops’ report

General Synod debate on Report from the House of Bishops

On 27 January, the Church of England published Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations: A Report from the House of Bishops, GS 2055 as a precursor to the “take note” debate at General Synod on the afternoon of Wednesday 15 February. The paper was not well-received in many Continue reading

Legislative Business – General Synod

Much of the business of yesterday’s General Synod concerned legislative issues, and Church of England Press Release is reproduced below. This forms a useful aide memoire on the current status of the many legislative developments in progress at the present time. The Press Release relating to the Revd Stephen Trott’s PMM on the preliminaries to marriage was posted yesterday. Continue reading

York Minster constables given police powers

York Minster Police to have same powers as regular police constables within the cathedral’s precinct

A Press Release from York Minister announced that for the first time in nearly 80 years, its Minster Police will soon hold the same powers as regular police constables within the cathedral’s precinct. Although the Minster Police is a private police force, its Cathedral Constables have recently undergone specialist training and will soon be attested giving them the power of arrest within the cathedral and its boundaries. Continue reading

Julian and Sandy go to Cambridge

At the end of what has been a bad week for the CofE in the media – continued criticism of the House of Bishops Report, safeguarding at the Iwerne Trust, and the early release of Peter Ball the Revd Canon Chris Chivers, Principal of Westcott House was forced to issue a Statement in Response to Recent Social Media.This said: Continue reading

Ecclesiastical court judgments 2016

Index to ecclesiastical court judgments reviewed during 2016, and links to reviews in 2014 and 2015

The judgments reviewed in L&RUK during 2016 have been grouped under the following headings. Continue reading

Ecclesiastical court judgments – December

In addition to this final round-up of consistory court and other judgments for 2016, we have published an index to all the cases report which includes links to more general posts associated with these judgments. Continue reading