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Frank Cranmer and David Pocklington

Law and religion round-up – 18th February

A week in which it appeared that some people seemed to think that attracting children into church was something to be discouraged…

HM Senior Coroner for Inner North London again

The Law Society Gazette reports that Jeremy Corbyn has entered the fray over the “cab-rank rule” adopted by HM Senior Coroner for Inner North London, Mary Hassell, for processing deaths in her coronial district. According to the report, he and the Shadow Attorney, Emily Thornberry, have written to the Chief Coroner, HHJ Lucraft QC, to the effect that Ms Hassell’s approach is “unacceptable” and that grieving relatives are experiencing “unnecessary delays and barriers to laying loved ones to rest”. Continue reading

Recent queries and comments, mid-February

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 early part of February.

As before, the topics covered in these occasional posts do not necessarily represent our most-read blogs, but reflects the current interests of readers accessing the site on (mostly) contemporary issues. Continue reading

“…and a nave with en suite facilities”

Proposals on the installation of toilets in churches

The report in the Daily Telegraph Vicar sparks row with parishioners over ‘undignified’ church toilet plan has again raised the issue of the installation of toilet and kitche facilities in historic churches. Whilst the story produced popular copy for the paper, the circumstances and parishioners’ objections are far from new. Continue reading

More on Tynwald and the Lord Bishop of Sodor & Man

In his latest cross-post, Professor Peter Edge, of Oxford Brookes University, assesses the third report from the Select Committee on the Functioning of Tynwald and, in particular, the possible impact on the Diocese of Sodor & Man were the Bishop to lose his vote in the Legislative Council. 

On 20 February, Tynwald will debate the third report of the Select Committee set up primarily to consider recommendations from the Lisvane Report. Earlier reports have been controversial, and that is unlikely to change with this third report. This report considers continuous professional development for Members of Tynwald, Member’s Pay and, most significantly in purely constitutional terms, the work of the Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man in Tynwald. Continue reading

The Church of England and the Methodist Church: updated

On 9 February, the Church of England’s General Synod voted in favour of a motion welcoming the joint report, Mission and Ministry in Covenant, co-written by the two Churches’ faith and order bodies and published last year, setting out proposals on how clergy from each Church could become eligible to serve in the other. This updated post includes the text of the motion as finally agreed. Continue reading

Safeguarding presentations at General Synod

The Church of England has issued the following statement on the safeguarding presentations at General Synod.


Safeguarding presentation at General Synod

12/02/2018

The Bishop of Bath and Wells, Peter Hancock, the Church of England’s lead safeguarding bishop addressed February’s Synod on national developments and the Church’s preparation for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, IICSA. The Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek, the Bishop of Chichester, Martin Warner and Sir Roger Singleton, a member of the Church’s National Safeguarding Panel, also addressed Synod. Read the presentations below.

Bishop of Bath and Wells, Peter Hancock

Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek

Bishop of Chichester, Martin Warner

Sir Roger Singleton


Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "Safeguarding presentations at General Synod" in Law & Religion UK, 12 February 2018, http://www.lawandreligionuk.com/2018/02/12/safeguarding-presentations-at-general-synod/