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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".

Church 'will not negotiate' with Vatican rebels

The Vatican has no plans to hold more talks with rebel Catholic traditionalists who insist the church must revoke the modernising reforms it adopted five decades ago, Pope Benedict's main doctrinal official has told a German interviewer.

Jerome Taylor: Secrecy reflects poorly on the Church

He is, we are told, the moral voice of the nation. A man (sadly it still has to be a man) who has the task of leading Britain's Anglicans, speaking as the nation's conscience and herding the 77 million cats that make up the Anglican Communion in the rest of the world, many of whom would rather stone a gay man than embrace him.

Church of England likely to move to the right

The Church of England is likely to take a swing to the right as a conclave of powerful figures from within the Anglican Communion meets to decide who should become the new Archbishop of Canterbury over the coming days.

Is the Church finally facing up to its failings?

An inquiry by the Archbishop of Canterbury has shed further light on the scandal which lies at the heart of the Church of England diocese in Chichester.

Blair hits back at Tutu Iraq War criticism

Tony Blair has shrugged off criticism from Desmond Tutu for his part in the Iraq War after the archbishop refused to share a platform with him.

Archbishop Tutu was due to attend a summit on leadership in South Africa

Desmond Tutu quits summit with Tony Blair over invasion of Iraq

Nobel peace winner says he won't share platform with 'morally indefensible' former PM

Archbishop Tutu was due to attend a summit on leadership in South Africa

Desmond Tutu pulls out of summit over Blair

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has pulled out of international leadership summit because he doesn't want to share a platform with Tony Blair, it emerged yesterday.

US archbishop Salvatore Cordileone apologises for drink-driving arrest

The Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco has apologised for his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving, behaviour that he said brought "shame" and "disgrace" on himself and the church, though legal experts said was unlikely to derail his promotion. 

The Rev Canon Celia Thomson, who says the amended Synod Bill would discriminate against women: 'It's very distressing'

Church set to reject 'deal' on female bishops

Last-minute Synod compromise over women in top posts alienates traditionalists and reformers

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has dismissed David Cameron's 'Big Society' as

Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams dismisses David Cameron's Big Society as a 'ploy'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has dismissed David Cameron's Big Society as a ploy to conceal a "deeply damaging withdrawal of the state from its responsibilities to the most vulnerable."

Peter Forster, Bishop of Chester, attended the House on 97 days, claiming £27,600 in attendance allowances and £7,309 in travel expenses

The Lords will provide: Bishops paid up to £27,000 for attending Parliament

Controversy over the presence of 26 unelected bishops in the upper House will be exacerbated by revelations about how much some of them are being paid for the privilege

Justice for the poor: Quezada (second from left) leads Guatemalan peace talks in 1991

Rodolfo Quezada Toruno: Priest who battled oppression

The churchmen who strove for peace amidst the tens of thousands of corpses and smoking ruins caused by what NATO and Israeli governments mendaciously called "civil wars" in Central America were all too few.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin calls for Catholic sex abuse investigation

One of the highest ranking members of the Catholic Church in Ireland has called for an independent investigation into past allegations of clerical sex abuse.

Church plays down racism claim

Claims that an early favourite to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury has been the victim of "naked racism" have been played down by the Church of England.

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