RE ST GERMAN'S CATHEDRAL (Sodor and Man Consistory Court: Farrant, Vicar-General, 6 February 1987)
A faculty was granted for provision of a nave altar on a raised floor with certain consequential re-arrangement including the removal of pews. The proposals were supported by the Bishop and the Diocesan Advisory Council. The church had been made a Cathedral in 1980 (but remained subject to the faculty jurisdiction); its uses included a wide range of services, concerts and occasional dramatic performances. The proposals were in accordance with the shift which had taken place away from choral services and towards the Eucharist. They would permit flexibility in the approach to all types of service, and would constitute an improvement. The alterations would enable the service of the Eucharist to be carried out more in accordance with modern practice bringing the people closer to the celebrants. It was not possible to accede to the request of the three objectors that the status quo be retained.
(1988) 1:2 Ecc LJ 38