Hereford Diocesan Synod Motion – CofE Statement

Following Thursday’s resolution at the Hereford Diocesan Synod on the formulation of a discretionary liturgy for use following the registration of a civil partnership or a same sex marriage, the Church of England has today issued the following Press ReleaseContinue 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

Responses of WATCH and FiF to Independent Reviewer’s Report

Today the Church of England published the report of the Independent Reviewer on the issues surrounding the appointment to the See of Sheffield, and we reproduced the Press Release containing links to the report and other material. Both Women in the Church (WATCH) and Forward in Faith (FiF) have now issued reponses, which we reproduce in full below. Continue reading

Recent queries and comments -19th August

An occasional prequel to our weekly round-up

Following an initial collection of queries and comments in our 13 August round-up, we have compiled a further batch of “Quick Answers”  which provides links within the blog to questions which have arisen from searches of, or comments during the past week or so. The content of these “Saturday Supplements” does not necessarily represent our most-read blogs, but reflects current interests of readers accessing the site on (mostly) contemporary issues.  Continue reading

Tynwald and the Bishop of Sodor & Man – Part II

In a previous post, Peter Edge, Professor of Law at Oxford Brookes, commented on the earlier debate on the position of the Bishop of Sodor and Man in Tynwald. In a cross-post from his own blog, he reports on the resumed debate.

In another very long session, Tynwald Court returned to the process of considering matters raised by the Lisvane Review on 18 July 2017, now available on rolling Hansard.

The most significant development was a discussion of the First Interim Report of the Select Committee on the Functioning of Tynwald – Remit and Work Plan. This report sought to inform Tynwald and members of the remit of the Select Committee, to set out a general plan of work, and to request “a modest change to our remit”. In particular, the Select Committee asked for the authority to consider whether MLCs should be able to vote on the appointment of the Chief Minister, whether the Lord Bishop should retain his vote, whether a sitting MHK should be eligible to be nominated as an MLC, and a number of changes to the draft Bill procedure. Continue reading