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Canon Law in the Anglican Communion: A Worldwide Perspective. By Norman Doe. Oxford: Clarendon Press1998. Pp. xxv, 409. $115.00. ISBN: 0-198-26782-7.

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 April 2015


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1. As the Preamble to the Constitution of the Episcopal Church puts it,

The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, otherwise known as The Episcopal Church (which name is hereby recognized as also designating the Church), is a constituent member of the Anglican Communion, a Fellowship within the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, of those duly constituted Dioceses, Provinces, and regional Churches in communion with the See of Canterbury, upholding and propagating the historic Faith and Order as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer. Episcopal Church, Constitution & Canons for the Government of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, Otherwise Known as the Episcopal Church: Together with the Rules of Order 1 (The Church 1997) [hereinafter Episcopal Church].

2. Compare Zahl, Paul, The Protestant Face of Anglicanism (Eerdmans, W.B. 1998)Google Scholarwith Sykes, Stephen, Unashamed Anglicanism (Abingdon Press 1995)Google Scholar.

3. See e.g. Stevick, Daniel B., Canon Law: A Handbook (Seabury Press 1965)Google Scholar.

4. As an example of the doctrine's application in the United States, Doe cites Carter v. Papineau, 111 N.E. 358 (Mass. 1916) & Fiske v. Beaty, 198 N.Y.S. 358 (N.Y. Sup. 1922). (19 n. 57).

5. (footnote omitted). Doe cites the following American cases in support of this proposition: Stubbs v. Vestry of St. John's Church, 53 A. 917 (Md. 1903); Rector, Church Wardens & Vestrymen of the Church of Holy Trinity v. Melish, 88 N.Y.S.2d 764 (N.Y. Sup. 1949); &. Diocese of Newark v. Burns, 417 A.2d 31 (N.J. 1980). (158 n.138).

6. Citing Pelley v. Hill, 184 S.W.2d 352 (Ky. 1944) and Boroyan v. Monsesian, 5 N.E.2d 266(111. App. 1936).

7. Citing Kennedy v. Gray, 807 P.2d 670 (Kan. 1991); Servatius v. Pichee, 34 Wis. 292 (1874).

8. 426 U.S. 696 (1976).

9. Id. at 713.

10. Citing Serbian E. Orthodox Diocese v. Milivojevich, 443 U.S. 904 (1979).

11. Citing Arthur v. Norfleld Parish Congregational Church Socy., 49 A. 241 (Conn. 1901).

12. See e.g. Natal v. Christian & Missionary Alliance, 878 F.2d 1575 (1st Cir. 1989).

13. Episcopal Church, supra n. 1, at 38. See (307 n. 19).

14. Citing Rector, Wardens, & Vestrymen v. Episcopal Church, 620 A.2d 1289 (Conn. 1993).

15. See e.g. Bjorkman v. Protestant Episcopal Church, 759 S.W.2d 583 (Ky. 1988); Protestant Episcopal Church v. Barker, 115 Cal. App. 3d 599 (1981), cert, denied, 454 U.S. 864 (1981).

16. Edwin Augustine White & Jackson A. Dykman, Annotated Constitution and Canons for the Government of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America Otherwise Known as the Episcopal Church: Adopted in General Conventions, 1789-1979, at 301 (Church Publg. 1997).