Canon Law in the Anglican Communion: A Worldwide Perspective

Hardcover | July 1, 1998

byNorman Doe

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There is no recognized corpus of binding law globally applicable to all Churches in the Anglican Communion. Ostensibly, each Church is autonomous, free to make rules to facilitate and to order its internal life. This book, which is global in scope and will be of interest throughout theworld, makes available for the first time a comparative study of the Constitutions, Canons, and other forms of law of Churches in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Does analysis draws out the similarities and differences between them and, from the coincidence of actual laws and from globalecclesiastical conventions enunciated by the Lambeth Conference, he elucidates the global principles of Anglican canon law that may apply to all Churches in the Communion. The subjects examined include: government; ministry; doctrine and liturgy; rites; property; inter-church relations; andecumenism. Does thorough and practical analysis of a hitherto under-explored subject is placed squarely within its jurisprudential and theological context, and will be welcomed by both practitioners and scholars. For those within the Anglican Communion, his book offers a wealth of information enablingindividual Churches to see how fellow Churches are organized. For those without, the book provides a valuable insight into Anglican government and law.

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There is no recognized corpus of binding law globally applicable to all Churches in the Anglican Communion. Ostensibly, each Church is autonomous, free to make rules to facilitate and to order its internal life. This book, which is global in scope and will be of interest throughout theworld, makes available for the first time a compa...

Norman Doe, a qualified barrister, is Senior Lecturer at Cardiff Law School of the University of Wales. He was elected Honorary Member of the Senior Common Room of Magdalen College for 1996/97 and was Visiting Fellow at Pusey House for the Hilary Term of 1997.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:July 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198267827

ISBN - 13:9780198267829

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Table of secular legislationTable of casesIntroduction1. Churches, States and Laws2. The Institutional Organization of Churches3. The Resolution of Ecclesiastical Conflict4. Archbishops and Bishops5. The Ministry of Priests and Deacons6. The Ministry of the Laity7. Faith and Doctrine8. Public Worship and Liturgical Law9. Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion10. Marriage, Divorce, Confession and Funerals11. Church Property and Finance12. Inter-Church Relations and Ecumenical Law13. General ConclusionsBibliographyIndex

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`Clearly, the canons of all the dioceses could not be studied and compared, and most of the material and Dr. Doe's conclusions are based on the canon laws of the larger church bodies ... Even at that the prospect must have been daunting, and the fact that he has done it, and done it so welldoes him much credit ... Again Dr. Doe has written a book which should be in the library of every person involved in the canon law of the Anglican Church, but which also has much to say to the wider Christian community. Anyone with an interest in these matters cannot help but find much usefulmaterial in this book.'W J Hemmerick, Church Law Association of Canada Journal, Volume III no 1