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The Legal Framework of the Church of EnglandA Critical Study in a Comparative Context$
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Norman Doe

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198262206

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262206.001.0001

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The Acquisition and Disposal of Property

The Acquisition and Disposal of Property

(p.404) (p.405) 15 The Acquisition and Disposal of Property
The Legal Framework of the Church of England

Norman Doe

Oxford University Press

Like the Roman Catholic Church, the acquisition and disposal of property in the Church of England is governed by both internal and state-made law. However, many rules created by the Church of England and contained in synodical measures operate instead of or in addition to rules of civil law. This chapter examines the powers of institutions and persons, those ecclesiastical corporations capable of ownership of property in the Church of England, to acquire and dispose of property, and the structures which exist to control the exercise of these powers. Two particular themes are pursued: the centrality of episcopal oversight and the rights of the wider church to participate in decisions concerning acquisition and disposal of property. The chapter concentrates mainly on realty but concludes with a short section on ecclesiastical chattels. In addition to real property, the chapter deals with the acquisition and disposal of cathedral property, consecrated land, parsonage property, diocesan and parochial trust property, glebe property, and movables.

Keywords:   Church of England, Roman Catholic Church, acquisition, disposal, real property, ecclesiastical corporations, ecclesiastical chattels, movables, glebe property, consecrated land

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