Ecclesiastical Law Journal


Sir Edward Coke Gets It Wrong? A Brief History of Consecration

Kenyon Homfraya1

a1 Rector of Bunclody, County Wexford, Ireland


In many modern works of ecclesiastical law, the Institutes of Sir Edward Coke are given as the authority for the consecration of buildings as places of public worship. For authority Coke relies on scriptural precedent. This paper suggests that, in fact, the origin of consecration as a legal precedent lies in pre-Christian Roman law.