Comments: Supreme Court decides Methodist ministers are office-holders

Brilliant judgment from Lord Sumption; a real tour de force. However, this was the Methodist Church, not the CofE. He points out early on that: "a beneficed clergyman of the Church of England is, or was until recent measures modified the position, the paradigm case of a religious office-holder" (and therefore not an employee). I note that Mark Hill QC appeared for the respondent. He made some progress with Lady Hale (dissenting), but the prodigious mind of Lord Sumption (and his concurring colleagues) prevailed.

Posted by Anthony Archer at Thursday, 16 May 2013 at 9:34pm BST

Exactly how does this judgement affect the clergy of the Church of England. Are they, for all intents and purpose of this legislation, considered the employees of the Church? In other words, what employment rights does a serving clergy-person have that would secure her/his being justly dealt with my the Church?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 17 May 2013 at 4:35am BST
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