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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Sunday 01 July 2012
Last-minute Synod compromise over women in top posts alienates traditionalists and reformers
Thursday 28 June 2012
Olympic lottery scammers are impersonating the Church of England's London 2012 chief to swindle personal details out of unsuspecting victims.
Thursday 21 June 2012
Bishops in the House of Lords are claiming up to £27,000 a year in allowances for attending Westminster – on top of their annual stipends.
Friday 15 June 2012
The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken out against the House of Lords becoming an entirely elected chamber.
Tuesday 12 June 2012
David Cameron is under renewed pressure over Government plans to introduce same-sex marriage as the Church of England and the Roman Catholic bishops of England and Wales launched scathing criticisms of the proposals.
Tuesday 12 June 2012
The Government’s plan to introduce same-sex marriage is one of the most serious threats to the Church of England in its 500-year history, senior clergy claim.
Thursday 24 May 2012
A female priest has compared the Church of England to an abusive husband following controversial last-minute changes to plans allowing women to be bishops.
Monday 21 May 2012
There is a bloody battle afoot in the world of crime fiction. Few would deny that the status quo in the fictional worlds of murder and detection these days is a grim and gritty one, with operatic levels of violence practically obligatory. And this isn't just the male practitioners of the genre; many female writers now cheerfully out-Herod Herod when it comes to upping the body count.
Saturday 05 May 2012
Children as young as four are acting out scenes from violent computer games in school playgrounds, headteachers have warned.
Friday 20 April 2012
How does left-leaning playwright David Hare make a return to the stage with a play based on his days as a scholarship boy at public school? Michael Coveney asks him.
Thursday 19 April 2012
Anglican and Catholic churches have lost the right to police themselves, say victims
Wednesday 18 April 2012
The Archbishop of Wales has publicly called on Anglicans to support gay civil marriages arguing that the church’s record on equality has made homosexual men and women often feel “unwanted, unloved and sinful”.
Tuesday 17 April 2012
A temporary cathedral built partly of cardboard is to replace the 131-year-old Christchurch landmark left beyond repair by an earthquake in February 2011.
Tuesday 27 March 2012
Christine Brooke-Rose was a richly innovative novelist and a formidable critic. She moved between languages, countries and identities without securing a fixed place in a literary canon or a national culture, but this mobility, combined with her inventiveness, humour and insight, madeher particularly well-equipped to grasp the contemporary world of signs and simulations.
Sunday 25 March 2012
A proposed pact aimed at healing rifts in the Anglican church over issues such as same sex unions and gay bishops is in danger of collapse.
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