At our annual parochial church meeting, we had two vacancies on the PCC, and two nominees for the posts. The chairman, therefore, declared the two nominees elected. I demurred, pointing out that surely the candidates needed the approval of the meeting, otherwise their appointment would not be valid. The chairman accepted this, and the nominees were unanimously elected. Later, he told me that his original action had been completely in accord with Church Representation Rules (11.3): “If the number of candidates nominated is not greater than the number of seats to be filled, the candidates nominated shall forthwith be declared elected.” That is the case, but is the election of candidates without the formal approval of the whole meeting valid?
J. F. S.
Given the recent discovery of lead caskets of five archbishops in a now deconsecrated crypt of the deconsecrated St Mary-at-Lambeth, adjoining Lambeth Palace, would anyone care to comment on what kind of message is being sent out, given that burial in unconsecrated ground was a formal sign of disapproval for being unbaptised or guilty of suicide?
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