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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".

Muslims seek gay marriage exemption

Muslim leaders have demanded the same legal exemptions as the Church of England in legislation to introduce gay marriages.

Under the Government's plans, four legal locks will be included on the face of the legislation

'No consultation': Church of England attacks Government over gay marriage plans

The Church of England has attacked the Government's lack of consultation over its gay marriage plans, saying senior ecclesiastical figures learned of them only when Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced them to Parliament.

Terry Gilbert, left, and Paul Beppler were among the first gay couples to legally marry in Seattle at the weekend

David Cameron's gay marriage proposal causes ill-feeling on all sides

Religious leaders worried that they could soon be obliged to conduct same-sex weddings have been offered a series of reassurances by ministers desperate to avoid a prolonged row with the Church and other faiths.

Church's credibility on gay marriage now 'weakened'

Parliament is now less likely to listen to the Church of England on same-sex marriage after its failure to pass legislation approving women bishops, church insiders and MPs have warned.

Parliament 'less likely to listen to Church over gay marriage after decision over women bishops'

Parliament is now less likely to listen to the Church of England on same sex marriage following its failure to pass legislation approving women bishops, church insiders and MPs have warned.

Why I voted no to women bishops

On Tuesday, the Church's General Synod met and we did our job. After all, a bishop is not a CEO, he is the father of a family

Strong-arm tactics vs misplaced niceties: how  the legislation was sunk

In the immediate aftermath of last night’s shock vote at the General Synod, supporters of women bishops gathered in St Matthew’s, an ornate Victorian church just a stone’s throw from the hall where their campaign to rid the Church of institutional sexism had come crashing to a halt.

In a rare intervention into religious matters, the PM said he was 'very sad' about the outcome

'Get with the programme': David Cameron condemns Church of England decision to block women bishops

In a rare intervention into religious matters, the PM said he was 'very sad' about the outcome

Church of England in crisis: Archbishop of Canterbury attacks members for voting against women bishops

Dr Rowan Williams admitted that the Church of England loses credibility every day it fails to approve women bishops

The women bishops vote was a profoundly emotional experience, and it ended in disaster

Andreas Whittam Smith was among those deliberating

Editorial: A decision that leaves the Church in the past

The CofE will have less credibility after the rejection of women bishops
Female Church of England clergy walk into the venue of the three-day

Supporters of women bishops expect their prayers to be answered at last

The General Synod votes today as the traditionalists make  a last-ditch stand

Retired bishop Peter Ball held in child sex abuse investigation

A retired bishop has been arrested over suspicions that he sexually abused children in the 1970s and 1980s.

Danny Rogers on PR: How to detoxify the CofE brand?

Gambling, misogyny, homosexuality were the themes around a major appointment last week. But this wasn't about an England football captain. It was a new Archbishop of Canterbury.

Priority one for the next Archbishop of Canterbury: Get the books in holy order

As the next Archbishop of Canterbury in all but name made his way into the Houses of Parliament, a police officer made a point of congratulating him on his new post. The response of Bishop Justin Welby was to laugh and raise his hands self-deprecatingly in defence.

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