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".
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Friday 31 August 2012
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.
Monday 20 August 2012
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.
Thursday 16 August 2012
A former parish priest has been charged with historic sexual offences against three young boys.
Wednesday 11 July 2012
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.
Tuesday 10 July 2012
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
Monday 09 July 2012
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.
Saturday 07 July 2012
The General Synod of the Church of England has cleared the way for a ban on clergy membership of the British National Party.
Friday 06 July 2012
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.
Thursday 05 July 2012
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.
Thursday 05 July 2012
The Church is working out its way of life within horizons not of this world
Wednesday 04 July 2012
Religious figures who support gay marriage will today launch a fightback against church leaders who have come out against same-sex marriage.
Sunday 01 July 2012
Last-minute Synod compromise over women in top posts alienates traditionalists and reformers
Thursday 28 June 2012
Olympic lottery scammers are impersonating the Church of England's London 2012 chief to swindle personal details out of unsuspecting victims.
Thursday 28 June 2012
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.
Monday 25 June 2012
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