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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".

Allegations of inappropriate behaviour made against Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, are being investigated by the Pope

Vatican to investigate top Catholic cleric O’Brien over ‘inappropriate acts’

Allegations of inappropriate behaviour made against Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric are being investigated by the Pope, the Vatican said today.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien 'has right to choose next Pope'

Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric should be allowed to help choose the next Pope despite facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour, the former archbishop of Westminster said today.

Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world by announcing his resignation

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi criticises rumours surrounding Pope's resignation

Comments come days after report in Italian newspaper that claims a 'gay network' within the Vatican influenced pontiff's departure

Potential Popes - top row from left: Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodrigues Maradiaga, Argentine Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Bottom row from left : Austrian Cristoph Schonborn, Hungarian Peter Erdoe, Italian Angelo Scola, Canadian Marc Ouellet

Pope Benedict XVI might be off – but his conservative allies are still there

Of the 120 electors who get to vote 67 of them have been appointed by Benedict

Catholics hand out 1 million anti-gay marriage postcards

A million anti-gay marriage postcards were handed out at Catholic masses over the weekend as the Roman Catholic Church began a last-ditch mobilisation of opposition to the equal marriage bill.

Women bishops: Church leader Dr Philip Giddings wins confidence vote

A senior member of the Church of England today survived a bid to oust him from his position after he spoke against the introduction of female bishops ahead of a crucial vote.

Senior Catholic brands same-sex marriage 'immoral'

One of the most senior Catholic figures in Britain has launched a renewed assault on plans to allow gay people to marry, calling same-sex unions "morally defective".

RELIGION

The threat of schism within the Anglican church grew last night after the leader of a global group of traditional Anglicans condemned the Church of England for "compromising with the secular preoccupations of the West" by allowing celibate gay bishops.

Editorial: The unholy row over gay Christians

It is difficult to know whether to laugh or cry at the latest Houdini-like attempt by the Church of England to extricate itself from the mess it has created over gay sexuality. Its bishops have announced, to the inevitable annoyance of conservative Anglicans, that gay men can now be accepted as candidates for the episcopacy – but only if they declare themselves to be celibate.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, must decide if he will appease traditionalists

Senior Anglican condemns gay bishops as a compromise too far

Statement significantly ratchets up fallout between liberals and conservative over the thorny issue of homosexuality

Archbishop of Westminster

Archbishop of Westminster cancels special mass for gay people

London church ordered to stop providing so-called 'Soho Masses'

Volunteers from the churches and other faith groups who help those in need are like the Games Makers who contributed to the success of the London Olympics and Paralympics, the Archbishop of Canterbury said today.

Archbishop of Canterbury hails church volunteers

Volunteers from the churches and other faith groups who help those in need are like the Games Makers who contributed to the success of the London Olympics and Paralympics, the Archbishop of Canterbury said today.

The leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales calls on followers to oppose plans for equal marriage

The leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales has urged followers to write to their representatives in Parliament to oppose the government's plans to allow gay marriage.

Dr Rowan Williams at Canterbury Cathedral yesterday

Williams leaves church service for life of academia

Rowan Williams formally steps down today as the Archbishop of Canterbury to take up a life in gentle academia after nearly a decade of leading the world's Anglicans during one of its most turbulent periods.

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