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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".

Editorial: An Archbishop and a curate's egg

It is a matter of some irony that the Church of England – a body which would outline the parameters of a moral life – sets such a poor example in its own affairs. The selection of a new Archbishop of Canterbury has been a shambolic affair, fraught with leaks and flurries of clandestine betting from individuals ready to preach to others about respect, integrity and the evils of avarice. High up the agenda of Justin Welby (if he is, as expected, elevated from the bishopric of Durham today) must be ensuring a more dignified and transparent method of choosing his own successor.

Priority one for the next Archbishop of Canterbury: Get the books in holy order

As the next Archbishop of Canterbury in all but name made his way into the Houses of Parliament, a police officer made a point of congratulating him on his new post. The response of Bishop Justin Welby was to laugh and raise his hands self-deprecatingly in defence.

'Is nothing sacred': Unholy row erupts over ‘insider’ betting on the next Archbishop of Canterbury

There are fresh demands to reform the system of appointing Archbishops after suspicious bets were placed on the appointment of the next Archbishop of Canterbury.

Unholy row erupts over Church of the Holy Sepulchre's water bill

Priests at holy site are shocked by supplier’s demand for arrears and interest of £1.5m

Ignore Halloween, insist Polish bishops

Two Catholic archbishops have urged worshippers not to observe Hallowe'en because it "promotes harmful, diabolical behaviour".

Dr Denis Mukwege: not a Great African Martyr

After an assassination attempt, the heroic humanitarian work of this gynaecologist must be internationally recognised and protected

Jimmy Savile family's 'despair and sadness' over sex abuse claims

Jimmy Savile's closest relatives today broke their silence to say their “own despair and sadness does not compare to that felt by the victims” who were allegedly abused by the late TV presenter.

Professor Barry Cooper discovered the hymn in a sketchbook kept by Ludwig van Beethoven

History is made as premiere of Beethoven's sublime lost hymn shows him in a new light

Choral piece was found in a handmade sketchbook belonging to the composer

Vote for women bishops or face further turmoil within the Church, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams warns

The Archbishop of Canterbury has pleaded with Church members to vote in favour of women bishops in a last ditch attempt to seek closure on a contentious issue that has dominated his time in office.

'The Upper House has eight times as many people over 90 as there are under 40'

Diary: Oh, to be an ex-con Lord, free once more to claim expenses

Second chance for former Tory chairman of Essex County Council who served two months for fiddling his allowances

Amol Rajan: Carey's desperate bid to oppose same-sex unions

At yesterday's mass rally in Birmingham against the extension of marriage to same-sex couples, George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, was asked for his view on opponents of reform being labelled "bigots". "Let us remember the Jews in Nazi Germany," he said. "What started against them was when they started to be called names." Mr Carey added: "And that was the first stage towards that totalitarian state. We have to resist them. We treasure democracy. We treasure our Christian inheritance and we want to debate this in a fair way."

George Carey, a Nazi slur, and how not to conduct the debate over same-sex marriage in Britain

At a rally against same-sex marriage in Birmingham yesterday, the former Archbishop of Canterbury proved himself to be spectacularly oblivious to irony

David Cameron listens to a speech by William Hague on the first day of the Conservative party conference

Welcome to the Nasty Party conference

David Cameron's efforts to improve his party's image undermined by tonight's meeting of 900 Tory activists opposed to same-sex union

Bishops and cardinals attends a mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI for the opening of the Synod of bishops

Meeting of minds: senior clergy gather in Rome

Senior clergymen from across the Catholic world gathered in Rome yesterday for what is being billed by the church as a crucial attempt to roll back the "tsunami of secularisation" in Western Europe and North America.

Editorial: In choosing a leader, the Church chooses its future

The deadlock inside the electoral college tasked with choosing a new Archbishop of Canterbury has been said to reveal that the available candidates are not good enough or that the appointments system is dysfunctional. But that is not the problem. The reason is that there is no real agreement within the Church as to what its role should be in a largely secular society at the start of the 21st century.

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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