Hundreds of Methodist ministers have publicly rejected church doctrine on homosexuality, while traditionalists say they have no right to break church law
just because they disagree with it.
At least four additional clergy face trials amid a growing wave of public disobedience to church law
can speak only about the matter alone and can never consider advertence or consent.
The Rt Rev Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, told the General Synod that there was no legal bar under Church law
to consecrating clergy as bishops who are in "further" marriages or married to divorcees with a partner still alive.
currently allows divorce only for three causes: adultery, conversion to Islam or change of denomination.
The changes are an update to a document known as a Motu Proprio (Latin for "of his own accord") issued by the late Pope John Paul in 2001 to deal with various grave crimes against church law
He changed the statute of limitations in church law
Medieval Church Law
and the Origins of the Western Legal Tradition: A Tribute to Kenneth Pennington.
The complainant claims that because the priest getting married had not been "laicised" (removed from the priesthood) the wedding was against Church law
The man was not laicised, and therefore by acting as state witness at his canonically illicit marriage, Mgr X - who was already himself a priest at the time - would have been committing a breach of church law
so serious that he could have been threatened with excommunication.
The parishioners of SS Peter and Paul, should be encouraged by the knowledge that church law
is on their side.
Colm O'Gorman, the founder of the One in Four charity for people abused by priests in Ireland, welcomed the pope's expression of regret but called for the church to introduce an international child protection system enshrined in church law
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only; it does not address governmental law, or religious law for other churches.
Using anything else, church law
says, invalidates the sacrament.
In early March they ruled 6-1 that I had not violated church law
by performing same-sex marriages.