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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".

Dr Williams’s inquiry found fresh allegations of clergy abuse

Archbishop sorry for child abuse failings

The Archbishop of Canterbury has apologised to victims of child abuse in a Church of England diocese after an inquiry by his own office found "fresh and disturbing" allegations against members of the clergy.

Campion was framed by Elizabeth I’s government

Elizabethan state 'doctored evidence of priest's treason'

Queen Elizabeth I's government was so determined to convict the English Jesuit priest Edmund Campion of treason that it doctored one of the key documents used to prosecute and send him to his execution, according to new research.

Sussex ex-priest charged over child sex

A former parish priest has been charged with historic sexual offences against three young boys.

US Episcopal Church becomes largest religious group to approve blessing of gay unions

The US Episcopal Church yesterday approved a liturgy for clergy to use in blessing same-sex unions, including gay marriages in states where they are legal, becoming the largest US religious denomination to approve such a ritual.

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

Vote on women bishops is delayed

Supporters of women bishops are gearing up for months of frantic lobbying after the vote which might have approved the move was postponed yesterday during a meeting of the General Synod in York.

Months of frantic lobbying expected as women bishops debate is temporarily stayed by Church of England

Supporters and opponents of women bishops are gearing up for months of frantic lobbying as a potentially historic vote which might have approved legislation today was temporarily stayed following an impassioned debate on the crucial issue.

Church closer to banning BNP clergy

The General Synod of the Church of England has cleared the way for a ban on clergy membership of the British National Party.

Church of England to discuss female bishops

The Church of England will begin a key meeting today to decide whether to give final approval for the first women bishops amid speculation that the historic move could be put on hold.

Richard Coles: A very CofE compromise on women bishops

There was an ancient tradition that when someone was consecrated bishop they said, "Nolo episcopari", meaning, "I don't want to be a bishop". It is impossible to say how many episcopal careers thus began with a lie, and the tradition was wisely abandoned.

Richard Coles: A typically Anglican compromise on women bishops

The Church is working out its way of life within horizons not of this world

Religious figures meet at conference to back plans to legalise civil gay marriage

Religious figures who support gay marriage will today launch a fightback against church leaders who have come out against same-sex marriage.

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

Warning over Olympics lottery scam

Olympic lottery scammers are impersonating the Church of England's London 2012 chief to swindle personal details out of unsuspecting victims.

Leading article: Beyond this historic handshake

The significance of the handshake that took place in Belfast yesterday was lost on no one, least of all on the two participants, the Queen and the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness. Indeed, they seemed intent on prolonging the moment, though whether that was to give the cameras ample time to record the historic image, or just to savour the experience, we shall never know.

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