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General Conclusions

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/9780198262206.003.0019
General Conclusions

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The Church of England is no ordinary society. Only the visible institutional church is susceptible to formal regulation. The canon law of the Roman Catholic Church is, historically, the natural yardstick with which the law of the Church of England may be compared. The legal distribution of legislative and administrative powers to national and diocesan executive bodies may be thought by some not to lie comfortably with the principle of synodical government — though more often than not these bodies are legally responsible either to the General Synod or the diocesan synod. Unilateral and informal rule-making by the House of Bishops and by diocesan bishops is typical of this sort of development and is considered by some to reflect the operation of a very different theological assumption about ecclesiastical government. Both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church assign to law a protective function with respect to faith, doctrine, and liturgy.

Keywords: Church of England; Roman Catholic Church; property; canon law; administrative powers; executive bodies; faith; doctrine; liturgy; synodical government

Chapter.  3888 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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