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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".

The Rev Canon Celia Thomson, who says the amended Synod Bill would discriminate against women: 'It's very distressing'

Church set to reject 'deal' on female bishops

Last-minute Synod compromise over women in top posts alienates traditionalists and reformers

Warning over Olympics lottery scam

Olympic lottery scammers are impersonating the Church of England's London 2012 chief to swindle personal details out of unsuspecting victims.

The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Dr Richard Chartres

Bishops in Lords are paid up to £27k in expenses

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.

Archbishop warns of 'majoritarian tyranny' in elected House of Lords

The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken out against the House of Lords becoming an entirely elected chamber.

PM under pressure over gay marriage

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.

Female and gay clergy: In recent decades, the issue of women and gay clergy has threatened to tear both the CofE and the global Anglican Communion apart

Gay marriage is one of worst threats in 500 years, says Church of England

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.

Female priest says the Church is like 'abusive husband'

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.

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death, By James Runcie

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.

Children act out violent PC games

Children as young as four are acting out scenes from violent computer games in school playgrounds, headteachers have warned.

Hare says: 'Discontent with the world is so tied up with discontent about yourself'

The unhappiest time of his life: David Hare on dramatising his school days

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.

Child sex abuse in the Church: alliance demands full inquiry

Anglican and Catholic churches have lost the right to police themselves, say victims

Archbishop of Wales publicly calls on Anglicans to support gay civil marriages

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”.

Quake-hit Christchurch to build 'cardboard cathedral'

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.

Brooke-Rose: as well as her fiction, she was a formidable critic and scholar

Christine Brooke-Rose: Writer acclaimed for her inventive and playful experimental fiction

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.

CoE votes against covenant on divisive issues

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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Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
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