clergy taxation

Some years ago the Inland Revenue created a vast amount of unnecessary work for itself by starting to tax Catholic priests on their "income".  Most of us have very little by way of income (usually just the stipends for the Masses we celebrate) and given our service to people/society status, it seems a little unnecesary to tax us on the little we receive.

Why is this idea important?

Some years ago the Inland Revenue created a vast amount of unnecessary work for itself by starting to tax Catholic priests on their "income".  Most of us have very little by way of income (usually just the stipends for the Masses we celebrate) and given our service to people/society status, it seems a little unnecesary to tax us on the little we receive.

Repeal the Act of Supremacy of 1559

Repealing the Act of Supremacy to return the Church of England to its' proper place in full communion with the Pope and the Catholic Church. The Queen would no longer be the supreme head of a state religion, which is anachronistic in our current age, though she would retain the title 'Defender of the Faith', given as it was by an earlier Pope in recognition of the role of the monarch in protecting Catholic truth. The Act of Supremacy represents an assault on the conscience of every individual, requiring (at the time) all of Her Majesty's religious subjects to acknowledge the head of state as having a power over the Church which belongs properly only to God and to His appointed apostolic vicar the Bishop of Rome. Although religious toleration has been extended in the following 500 years, this assault is still inherent in our country's constitution. All of those religious freedoms for non-Catholics would remain if this one Act was repealed.

The Church of England could, as a whole, take advantage of the invitation offered by Pope Benedict XVI in his encyclical Anglicanorum Coetibus, coming home to the largest Christian Church in the world.

St Thomas More and all English Martyrs, pray for us.

Why is this idea important?

Repealing the Act of Supremacy to return the Church of England to its' proper place in full communion with the Pope and the Catholic Church. The Queen would no longer be the supreme head of a state religion, which is anachronistic in our current age, though she would retain the title 'Defender of the Faith', given as it was by an earlier Pope in recognition of the role of the monarch in protecting Catholic truth. The Act of Supremacy represents an assault on the conscience of every individual, requiring (at the time) all of Her Majesty's religious subjects to acknowledge the head of state as having a power over the Church which belongs properly only to God and to His appointed apostolic vicar the Bishop of Rome. Although religious toleration has been extended in the following 500 years, this assault is still inherent in our country's constitution. All of those religious freedoms for non-Catholics would remain if this one Act was repealed.

The Church of England could, as a whole, take advantage of the invitation offered by Pope Benedict XVI in his encyclical Anglicanorum Coetibus, coming home to the largest Christian Church in the world.

St Thomas More and all English Martyrs, pray for us.

End the requirement for religious broadcasting on the BBC

I would like to end the legal requirement for a percentage of the the BBC's broadcasting time to be spent on religious affairs.  The majority of people do not attend church or other religious establishments and we should not be continuously subjected to news and debate on whether there should be women bishops in the church of England etc.  If the BBC feels that there is a big enough audience for religion they should dedicate a radio station or a TV channel to that subject.  Too much news broadcast time is taken up by church affairs and we should instead be hearing about international news which is much more important.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to end the legal requirement for a percentage of the the BBC's broadcasting time to be spent on religious affairs.  The majority of people do not attend church or other religious establishments and we should not be continuously subjected to news and debate on whether there should be women bishops in the church of England etc.  If the BBC feels that there is a big enough audience for religion they should dedicate a radio station or a TV channel to that subject.  Too much news broadcast time is taken up by church affairs and we should instead be hearing about international news which is much more important.

Marriage in church without the need to live in the area for 7 days

Our society has changed since the time in the eighteenth century when this law was made. It is ridiulous that a woman can get married in any hotel in any part of the country, but cannot get married in a church without living within the County boundaries of that church for at least 7 days during the year prior to the date of marriage. This discriminates against church weddings.

Why is this idea important?

Our society has changed since the time in the eighteenth century when this law was made. It is ridiulous that a woman can get married in any hotel in any part of the country, but cannot get married in a church without living within the County boundaries of that church for at least 7 days during the year prior to the date of marriage. This discriminates against church weddings.

Repeal the Act of Supremacy and disestablish the church

The 1558 Act of Supremacy gives the Church unprecedented powers within the State. This should cease and the Church can stand on it's own feet.

I have no problem  with the monarch being head of a church but the power of the Church, through inane limitations on my consumption of the special Lord's Days … (ie Sunday Trading, Easter, Christmas) .

Easily remove it and let it stand on it's own feet, have it as a preferred religion but not an institutional one.

Why is this idea important?

The 1558 Act of Supremacy gives the Church unprecedented powers within the State. This should cease and the Church can stand on it's own feet.

I have no problem  with the monarch being head of a church but the power of the Church, through inane limitations on my consumption of the special Lord's Days … (ie Sunday Trading, Easter, Christmas) .

Easily remove it and let it stand on it's own feet, have it as a preferred religion but not an institutional one.

repeal all Church Measures

There appear to be around 50 Church Measures still on the Statute Law database.  Whilst these rules may well be important to those who are part of the Church of England they have no place in the law of the land.

This could be done as part of disestablishing the Church of England would reduce bureaucracy in the British legal system.

Why is this idea important?

There appear to be around 50 Church Measures still on the Statute Law database.  Whilst these rules may well be important to those who are part of the Church of England they have no place in the law of the land.

This could be done as part of disestablishing the Church of England would reduce bureaucracy in the British legal system.

Disestablish the Church of England

All formal ties between the Church of England and the state should be eliminated and set to the same level as that of any other denomination and religion. The government should have no say whatsoever in the affairs of the church or any other denomination or religion, and should not be able to appoint the Archbishop of Canterbury or any other official of the church. Such decisions should be up to the relevant church.

Why is this idea important?

All formal ties between the Church of England and the state should be eliminated and set to the same level as that of any other denomination and religion. The government should have no say whatsoever in the affairs of the church or any other denomination or religion, and should not be able to appoint the Archbishop of Canterbury or any other official of the church. Such decisions should be up to the relevant church.

Chancel repair liability

The liability of landowners for repairs to certain Church of England churches should no longer be "joint and several", which means that one landowner may have to pay not only his own liability but that of others as well.  The effect of a 2003 Order may prevent the landowner who pays being able to recover contributions from others who should pay.  That may have been unintentional, but it is certainly unjust.

The answer is to legislate to apportion liability between those responsible, stating simply that it should be divided as is fair and reasonable in each case (or as agreed).

Why is this idea important?

The liability of landowners for repairs to certain Church of England churches should no longer be "joint and several", which means that one landowner may have to pay not only his own liability but that of others as well.  The effect of a 2003 Order may prevent the landowner who pays being able to recover contributions from others who should pay.  That may have been unintentional, but it is certainly unjust.

The answer is to legislate to apportion liability between those responsible, stating simply that it should be divided as is fair and reasonable in each case (or as agreed).

Abolish Chancel Tax (Steeple Tax) Liability

An archaic law dating back to Henry VIII allow the church to demand homeowners pay for repairs of their local church if their home is built on land that at some distant time belonged to the church.

This law was recently enforced (2008) on a couple (the Wallbanks) who had to pay the church 200k for repairs of St John the Baptist church near Stratford upon Avon.  They challenged this in many courts at various levels, spending thousands on legal bills, but ultimately could not overturn the decision. 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2008/dec/08/church-of-england

Clearly this archaic law is still dangerous and enforcable.  Incredibly the church does not even have to spread the charge evenly across homeowners on the affected land.

This problem clearly infringes the moral rights of thousands of people in the UK.  Solicitors often spot this liability during the purchase/conveyancing process.  They have to pay for a "search" to check for it – guess who runs the search, the church – a nice earner – and what's more the search results are non-binding "you probably will/won't have to pay…".   The hapless homeowner is then forced to take out around 100 of insurance just incase the church sues them at some point due to this Chancel Liability.

I propose this law be scrapped.

Why is this idea important?

An archaic law dating back to Henry VIII allow the church to demand homeowners pay for repairs of their local church if their home is built on land that at some distant time belonged to the church.

This law was recently enforced (2008) on a couple (the Wallbanks) who had to pay the church 200k for repairs of St John the Baptist church near Stratford upon Avon.  They challenged this in many courts at various levels, spending thousands on legal bills, but ultimately could not overturn the decision. 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2008/dec/08/church-of-england

Clearly this archaic law is still dangerous and enforcable.  Incredibly the church does not even have to spread the charge evenly across homeowners on the affected land.

This problem clearly infringes the moral rights of thousands of people in the UK.  Solicitors often spot this liability during the purchase/conveyancing process.  They have to pay for a "search" to check for it – guess who runs the search, the church – a nice earner – and what's more the search results are non-binding "you probably will/won't have to pay…".   The hapless homeowner is then forced to take out around 100 of insurance just incase the church sues them at some point due to this Chancel Liability.

I propose this law be scrapped.

Repeal archaic law for church chancel repair obligation

There is an ancient law where a church can force people living in the parish to pay for the cost of church repairs. There have been a few cases in recent years where people have had large bills. The funds are raised from all residents, regardless of ability to pay and regardless of whether they have any connection with the church.

Why is this idea important?

There is an ancient law where a church can force people living in the parish to pay for the cost of church repairs. There have been a few cases in recent years where people have had large bills. The funds are raised from all residents, regardless of ability to pay and regardless of whether they have any connection with the church.