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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".

Leading article: A church leader buffeted by the storms of his age

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Williams resigns: but who'll accept the poisoned chalice?

The Primate's departure comes at a critical moment in the Church of England's history

Sentamu (l) could replace Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury

Sentamu favourite to succeed Rowan Williams in Canterbury

With Rowan Williams set to step down as Archbishop of Canterbury after ten years in the job, attention is already turning to who might replace him as head of the 77 million-strong Anglican Communion – with Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York the early favourite.

Archbishop of York, DR John Sentamu warns gay marriages may need the approval of the Church of England

Church approval needed for gay marriage, says Archbishop of York

John Sentamu says C of E rules define marriage as all churches declare opinions in the debate

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Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt, By Richard Holloway

There's one question about Leaving Alexandria - otherwise a quiet epic of a biography about faith, doubt, class, philosophy and social action - that won't go away. How did such an innate dissimulator and self-dramatist as Richard Holloway, wracked with crippling, carnal doubts about the authority and certainties of organised religion, actually get to become the Episcopalian Primus and Bishop of Edinburgh?

Gay marriage 'completely nuts', says Tory MP

Conservative MP Peter Bone today called on the Church of England to block plans for same-sex weddings in a religious setting.

Diary: Archbishop's sermon may cost him a place in The Sun

I hear from someone in a position to know that Lambeth Palace is not pleased with the unusual “Sunday Service” delivered by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, in a column in The Sun on Sunday.

Lent to be observed by more than one in five UK adults

More than one in five British adults is planning to observe the Christian season of Lent when it starts tomorrow, according to a survey.

Letters: Atheism and the Church

What an uplifting article by Mary Ann Sieghart ("You don't have to believe in God to cherish the Church", 20 February). I, like her, thank ... er ... goodness for the Church of England.

Richard Dawkins, scientist: 'I am at a loss to understand how any reasonable person can defend first past the post. AV should be supported by every democrat'

Mary Ann Sieghart: Thank God for the Church of England

The Church of England couldn't hope for a better enemy than Richard Dawkins. Puffed-up, self-regarding, vain, prickly and militant, he displays exactly the character traits that could do with some Christian mellowing. In fact, he's almost an advertisement against atheism. You can't help thinking that a few Sundays in the pews and the odd day volunteering in a Church-run soup kitchen might do him the power of good.

Faith groups warned they 'must abide by laws'

Christians who think they should be exempt from equality legislation are like Muslims trying to impose sharia law on Britain, the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said.

Archbishop to renew his evolution battle with Dawkins

The Archbishop of Canterbury and atheist Professor Richard Dawkins are set to go head to head to discuss the biggest unanswered question of them all.

Wedding and funeral fees to rise

Fees for church weddings are to rise by 40 per cent and the cost of a funeral service by more than half.

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