Advowsons and private patronage

Sutton, Teresa (2019) Advowsons and private patronage. Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 21 (3). pp. 267-288. ISSN 0956-618X

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This article focuses on the role of private patronage within the Church of England. Private patrons own advowsons. These property rights can no longer be traded but may still be bequeathed or transferred without value. When there is a vacancy in a benefice a patron has the right to nominate a new incumbent in accordance with the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986. This article uses contemporary and historical records to define private patronage and analyse the current role of the four broad categories of private patrons; private individuals, educational bodies, guilds and patronage societies. Whilst acknowledging the benefits that patronage can bring, this article advocates substantive reform for the future including a sunset rule for private individual patronage. This article suggests that reform of the law of private patronage will make a positive contribution to other contemporary issues before the Church by promoting diversity in vocations, facilitating necessary pastoral reorganisation and adding to the dialogue about the future of the parish system.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: advowson, patronage, benefices, patron, church, Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: K Law > KD Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland
Depositing User: Teresa Sutton
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2019 10:00
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2019 14:15

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