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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".

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David Cameron has said he has 'a sort of fairly classic Church of England faith' but Richard Dawkins, right, speculated that he is not really a religious believer

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Campaigning atheist Richard Dawkins has suggested that David Cameron does not believe in God in a leading article attacking faith schools.

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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".

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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.

The Faith Machine, Royal Court Theatre, London

"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.

Christina Patterson: Let's keep 'faith' out of politics

People who are keen to bring faith groups into politics are often the ones who don't know all that much about faith

Donald Barnes: Church of England priest and prominent supporter of the ordination of women

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.

Vicar held in sham marriage investigation

A Church of England vicar has been arrested on suspicion of conducting sham marriages, according to the UK Border Agency.

Church of England faces extinction, says cleric

The Church of England will no longer be functionally existent in 20 years' time according to some projections, a General Synod member has said.

Church votes to recruit minorities

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.

Is God Still an Englishman?, By Cole Moreton

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."

Church of England to provide 'tipping point' for academies

The academies programme receives its biggest boost today with the news that thousands of faith schools are about to convert to the status.

Church school admission plan hailed

Proposals to make Church of England schools admit more pupils who do not follow the faith have been widely welcomed.

Church of England to reduce school places for Christians

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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