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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".

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

The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Dr Richard Chartres

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David Cameron is under renewed pressure over Government plans to introduce same-sex marriage as the Church of England and the Roman Catholic bishops of England and Wales launched scathing criticisms of the proposals.

Female and gay clergy: In recent decades, the issue of women and gay clergy has threatened to tear both the CofE and the global Anglican Communion apart

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The Government’s plan to introduce same-sex marriage is one of the most serious threats to the Church of England in its 500-year history, senior clergy claim.

Diamond Jubilee Thames flotilla to sail into history

The Diamond Jubilee celebrations include the sailing of a huge flotilla along the River Thames on Sunday afternoon, with more than 1,000 boats breasting the waves.

Female priest says the Church is like 'abusive husband'

A female priest has compared the Church of England to an abusive husband following controversial last-minute changes to plans allowing women to be bishops.

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death, By James Runcie

There is a bloody battle afoot in the world of crime fiction. Few would deny that the status quo in the fictional worlds of murder and detection these days is a grim and gritty one, with operatic levels of violence practically obligatory. And this isn't just the male practitioners of the genre; many female writers now cheerfully out-Herod Herod when it comes to upping the body count.

Sectarian bullying still rife in Northern Ireland workplaces

Catholics and Protestants report intimidation from colleagues at work in trade union survey

Children act out violent PC games

Children as young as four are acting out scenes from violent computer games in school playgrounds, headteachers have warned.

US Methodists uphold stance on same-sex relationships

After an emotional debate, US Methodists at a national legislative meeting upheld the denomination's policy that same-sex relationships are "incompatible with Christian teaching".

A People's History of London, By John Rees & Lindsey German

What do we want? A touch more passion

Hare says: 'Discontent with the world is so tied up with discontent about yourself'

The unhappiest time of his life: David Hare on dramatising his school days

How does left-leaning playwright David Hare make a return to the stage with a play based on his days as a scholarship boy at public school? Michael Coveney asks him.

Child sex abuse in the Church: alliance demands full inquiry

Anglican and Catholic churches have lost the right to police themselves, say victims

Archbishop of Wales publicly calls on Anglicans to support gay civil marriages

The Archbishop of Wales has publicly called on Anglicans to support gay civil marriages arguing that the church’s record on equality has made homosexual men and women often feel “unwanted, unloved and sinful”.

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