A vicars' pension scheme could be facing a precarious future unless church chiefs face up to a potentially massive deficit. John Ralfe, an independent pension expert, claimed this week that the pension scheme for some 16,400 Church of England clergy is "the riskiest in the country in terms of asset-type".
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Wednesday 03 April 2013
Keith Weston, rector of St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, was widely regarded as one of the foremost Bible expositors of his generation. He played a vital part in an ambitious plan by the then Inter-Varsity Fellowship (now UCCF) to see Bible-teaching churches in all UK and Irish university towns. Weston's twofold ministry was to allow scripture to inform the thinking of his church members in whatever sphere they served, and to raise up other preachers who would do the same.
Monday 01 April 2013
According to a YouGov poll, on the question of trust, respondents ranked a priest below a family doctor, a teacher, a judge and even a BBC news journalist
Wednesday 27 March 2013
The Archbishop of Canterbury will play the theme tune from the BBC sitcom The Vicar of Dibley when he makes his radio presenting debut on Easter Sunday.
Archbishop Justin Welby speaks out on gay relationships as he agrees to meet campaigner Peter Tatchell
Thursday 21 March 2013
The head of the Church of England has said some gay couples have loving and monogamous relationships of "stunning quality" - and he believes a woman will one day be made an archbishop.
Monday 04 February 2013
The House of Commons will vote this evening on legalising gay marriage. But that bald statement of parliamentary timetabling masks the full import of what is happening. The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill is a historic piece of legislation that, once passed into law, will change the social landscape. It will change it for ever – no future government will be able to reverse it – and for the better. This is a modernising, reformist piece of legislation that recognises the right of everyone to be treated equally by the law, regardless of their sexual orientation.
'Religion is redundant and irrelevant': Richard Dawkins takes on ex-Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams in Cambridge debate
Friday 01 February 2013
Prominent atheist professor Richard Dawkins described religion as “redundant and irrelevant” as he took on the former Archbishop of Canterbury in a debate.
Saturday 26 January 2013
Allowance would avoid time spent pushing fresh legislation through Parliament
Friday 18 January 2013
A senior member of the Church of England today survived a bid to oust him from his position after he spoke against the introduction of female bishops ahead of a crucial vote.
Monday 07 January 2013
The threat of schism within the Anglican church grew last night after the leader of a global group of traditional Anglicans condemned the Church of England for "compromising with the secular preoccupations of the West" by allowing celibate gay bishops.
Sunday 06 January 2013
It is difficult to know whether to laugh or cry at the latest Houdini-like attempt by the Church of England to extricate itself from the mess it has created over gay sexuality. Its bishops have announced, to the inevitable annoyance of conservative Anglicans, that gay men can now be accepted as candidates for the episcopacy – but only if they declare themselves to be celibate.
Sunday 06 January 2013
Statement significantly ratchets up fallout between liberals and conservative over the thorny issue of homosexuality
Saturday 05 January 2013
An announcement made from the Church's House of Bishops, said the CofE would allow gay clergy to become bishops providing they remain celibate
Friday 04 January 2013
The Church of England has dropped the opposition to gay clergy in civil partnerships becoming bishops
Wednesday 26 December 2012
'Independent' poll shows rift as Archbishop attacks Government's plans
Tuesday 18 December 2012
After decades in which the number of Anglo-Jews was perceived to be in decline, the latest census figures shows a modest rise in those describing themselves as Jewish.
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
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