Commentary

26 Consecration in the province of Wales

BURIAL AND CREMATION vol 6(1)
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26 Consecration in the province of Wales

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26 Consecration in the province of Wales

By virtue of the disestablishment of the Church of England in Wales, ecclesiastical law in the province of Wales1 has ceased to exist as law2. It therefore follows that consecration, being essentially an act of ecclesiastical law that is effected by a decree of a competent ecclesiastical court3, has no legal effect. However, the Welsh Church Act 1914 provides that the ecclesiastical law existing at the date of disestablishment, which includes the rites of consecration, is binding on the members of the Church in Wales as if they had mutually agreed to be

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