God’s Employee or not?

May 8, 2015

The Court of Appeal in England and Wales has ruled in the matter of Sharpe – v – The Bishop of  Worcester in which the Reverend Mark Sharpe lost his right to claim for unfair dismissal following
allegations that he was a victim of a four year hate campaign from parishioners which forced him to leave his parish, in a ruling which called on the Magna Carta and ancient Roman texts.

Three Court of Appeal Judges – Lady Justice Arden, Lord Justice Davis and Lord Justice Lewison upheld the Church of England’s arguments which stated that Reverend Sharpe was a “religious office holder” rather than an employee. This overturned an earlier decision of an Employment Appeal Tribunal which ruled that the Reverend Sharpe was an employee under the provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996.

In this landmark ruling Lady Justice Allen called on the Magna Carta in her judgement that “the English Church shall be free”.

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