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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Thursday 15 December 2011
One in eight primary schools have failed to reach a minimum government target for getting 60 per cent of their pupils to read, write and add up properly by the age of 11.
Monday 12 December 2011
Campaigning atheist Richard Dawkins has suggested that David Cameron does not believe in God in a leading article attacking faith schools.
Saturday 03 December 2011
A Political Life
Monday 14 November 2011
The consecration of women as Church of England bishops is all but inevitable after a vote count across the country found overwhelming support for what is often described as "shattering the stained glass ceiling".
Thursday 03 November 2011
Same-sex couples will not be able to hold civil partnership ceremonies within Church of England buildings despite the Government giving the go ahead for such celebrations to be held in places of worship for the first time.
Friday 02 September 2011
"The real world is cruel and harsh and full of compromise," is the defensive declaration of Tom, a young New Yorker who was once an aspiring novelist and has now sold out to advertising. For Sophie, his English girlfriend, that amounts to buck-passing. The world is not a given, or an alibi; it's what you make it. So on the morning of 9/11, she confronts her lover with an ultimatum: she will dump him unless he drops the account he has landed with a pharmaceutical company that is illicitly testing its products on Ugandan children.
Wednesday 31 August 2011
People who are keen to bring faith groups into politics are often the ones who don't know all that much about faith
Tuesday 23 August 2011
One of the endearing characteristics of the Church of England, in times of tranquility and trauma, has been the virtuosity and variety in its parish priests. Donald Barnes, who gave nearly 60 years of service across north-west London, was a vibrant and much-loved example of the genre. But he was also someone who, in his sweeping interests and commitments, was prophetic in espousing the progressive movements – above all the movement for the ordination of women – which have revitalised Anglicanism even as they have challenged it. Barnes was ahead of that curve at a time when it was still a very brave stance to take.
Sunday 07 August 2011
A Church of England vicar has been arrested on suspicion of conducting sham marriages, according to the UK Border Agency.
Wednesday 13 July 2011
The Church of England will no longer be functionally existent in 20 years' time according to some projections, a General Synod member has said.
Monday 11 July 2011
The Church of England has voted to tackle claims of a "pale, male and stale" leadership with a new campaign to recruit more ethnic minority people.
Friday 08 July 2011
The start of this sparky book is like one of Max Beerbohm's cartoons in which famous figures meet their younger selves. Cole Moreton imagines meeting himself as "a cocky young Christian" offering platitudes to a dying friend: "I would have punched his lights out."
Saturday 07 May 2011
The academies programme receives its biggest boost today with the news that thousands of faith schools are about to convert to the status.
Friday 22 April 2011
Proposals to make Church of England schools admit more pupils who do not follow the faith have been widely welcomed.
Friday 22 April 2011
The Church of England is planning to put a strict limit on the number of places reserved for pupils from Christian families as part of the biggest shake-up of faith schools' admissions policies for decades.
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