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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 Administration and Control of Finance

The Administration and Control of Finance

(p.462) 17 The Administration and Control of Finance
The Legal Framework of the Church of England

Norman Doe

Oxford University Press

The legal organisation of finance in the Church of England, like that of the Roman Catholic Church, serves four basic functions. First, the law requires the existence of prescribed funds for specified ecclesiastical objects. Secondly, it assigns to authorities at national, diocesan, and parochial levels the functions of holding, administering, investing, and applying these funds. Thirdly, it imposes structures enabling control over and accountability for financial management. Fourthly, when the law requires expenditure it confers upon bodies and persons rights to make claims upon the church's funds. Whilst there are structural principles common to all bodies involved in financial management, the precise terms of these arrangements vary as between the bodies in question. Regulation of funds, fund-holders, expenditure (on stipends, clergy compensation, and pensions), ecclesiastical fees, legal aid, and costs in judicial proceedings is effected mainly by the church's central legal system. Acquisition, investment, and insurance are regulated by both internal church law and civil law.

Keywords:   Church of England, Roman Catholic Church, finance, funds, financial management, expenditure, ecclesiastical fees, legal aid, investment, insurance

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