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Introduction

Norman Doe

in The Legal Framework of the Church of England

Published in print July 1996 | ISBN: 9780198262206
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682315 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262206.003.0001
Introduction

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This book is about the use of regulation in the Church of England. It studies ecclesiastical regulation on three levels: descriptive, evaluative, and comparative. On the descriptive level, the book examines the law created by state institutions on ecclesiastical matters and the law internally made by the church to regulate itself. As well as the church's formal law, the book attempts to describe ecclesiastical quasi-legislation, operative within the legal framework of the church (and frequently designed to fill gaps in it). On the evaluative level, the study questions critically central areas of church law and practice, particularly in terms of their purpose, clarity, and comprehensiveness. In this context it seeks to elucidate the degree to which areas of church life are regulated. On the comparative level, the book examines the relationship between the law of the Church of England and key elements of Roman Catholic canon law. It also discusses canonical jurisprudence, ecclesiastical government, ecclesiastical ministry, the law regulating the formation of doctrine, the ministrations of the church, and the regulation of church property and finance.

Keywords: Church of England; ecclesiastical regulation; formal law; canon law; ecclesiastical quasi-legislation; church law; church property; church life; canonical jurisprudence; ecclesiastical ministry

Chapter.  1700 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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