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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: 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

Gay bishops allowed – but they can’t have sex

An announcement made from the Church's House of Bishops, said the CofE would allow gay clergy to become bishops providing they remain celibate

A gay bishop might be the painful medicine the Anglican Communion needs

The Church of England has dropped the opposition to gay clergy in civil partnerships becoming bishops

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols called the plans a

Gay marriage: public say Church is wrong

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Jewish men walk along the street in the Stamford Hill area of north London

Census data shows rise in people calling themselves Jewish

After decades in which the number of Anglo-Jews was perceived to be in decline, the latest census figures shows a modest rise in those describing themselves as Jewish.

Muslims seek gay marriage exemption

Muslim leaders have demanded the same legal exemptions as the Church of England in legislation to introduce gay marriages.

Under the Government's plans, four legal locks will be included on the face of the legislation

'No consultation': Church of England attacks Government over gay marriage plans

The Church of England has attacked the Government's lack of consultation over its gay marriage plans, saying senior ecclesiastical figures learned of them only when Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced them to Parliament.

Terry Gilbert, left, and Paul Beppler were among the first gay couples to legally marry in Seattle at the weekend

David Cameron's gay marriage proposal causes ill-feeling on all sides

Religious leaders worried that they could soon be obliged to conduct same-sex weddings have been offered a series of reassurances by ministers desperate to avoid a prolonged row with the Church and other faiths.

Church's credibility on gay marriage now 'weakened'

Parliament is now less likely to listen to the Church of England on same-sex marriage after its failure to pass legislation approving women bishops, church insiders and MPs have warned.

Parliament 'less likely to listen to Church over gay marriage after decision over women bishops'

Parliament is now less likely to listen to the Church of England on same sex marriage following its failure to pass legislation approving women bishops, church insiders and MPs have warned.

Why I voted no to women bishops

On Tuesday, the Church's General Synod met and we did our job. After all, a bishop is not a CEO, he is the father of a family

Strong-arm tactics vs misplaced niceties: how  the legislation was sunk

In the immediate aftermath of last night’s shock vote at the General Synod, supporters of women bishops gathered in St Matthew’s, an ornate Victorian church just a stone’s throw from the hall where their campaign to rid the Church of institutional sexism had come crashing to a halt.

In a rare intervention into religious matters, the PM said he was 'very sad' about the outcome

'Get with the programme': David Cameron condemns Church of England decision to block women bishops

In a rare intervention into religious matters, the PM said he was 'very sad' about the outcome

Church of England in crisis: Archbishop of Canterbury attacks members for voting against women bishops

Dr Rowan Williams admitted that the Church of England loses credibility every day it fails to approve women bishops

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