The Use and Maintenance of Property

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:
The Use and Maintenance of Property

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The legal framework of the Church of England regulating the use and maintenance of property is designed to give effect to the principle that in a general sense property does not belong to any one generation but is a heritage to be enjoyed by successive generations. In common with the Roman Catholic Church, the law of the Church of England imposes a wide range of duties to ensure the proper use and care of property and it prescribes procedures enabling oversight of the discharging of these duties to standards set by those charged with the responsibility of oversight. Elaborate rules govern the use of consecrated and unconsecrated property, the sharing of church buildings, the use of property held on religious charitable trusts, and the care, maintenance, and development of the many forms of church property. These matters have been the subject of large-scale reforms in recent years, particularly the faculty jurisdiction which, it is increasingly thought, ought to be exercised in order to fulfil the pastoral needs of the worshipping community.

Keywords: Church of England; Roman Catholic Church; property; maintenance; use; unconsecrated property; consecrated property; church buildings; charitable trusts; faculty jurisdiction

Chapter.  18467 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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