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Inter-Church Relations and Ecumenical Law

Norman Doe

in Canon Law in the Anglican Communion

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198267829
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683381 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267829.003.0013
Inter-Church Relations and Ecumenical Law

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This chapter examines the ecumenical law and relations of the churches of the Anglican Communion. It suggests that there is no formal universal law applicable to all member churches and that each church is considered autonomous in legal terms. The juridical relations between churches are based on a body of ecclesiastical conventions expressed in the form of rules and principles. The issue of inter-Anglican relations is seldom treated in the laws of particular churches, however, there is some evidence indicating that churches require ministers from fellow churches to officiate in the host church only with episcopal approval.

Keywords: Anglican Communion; ecumenical law; church relations; church law; canon law; ecclesiastical convention

Chapter.  18101 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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