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Church of England rules out blessings for same-sex marriages

Church of England priests will not be allowed to bless gay and lesbian weddings, or marry someone of the same sex themselves, according to new guidelines issued by the church, which is struggling to heal divides over homosexuality. Same-sex marriage becomes legal in England next month, posing a dilemma for…

Church of England backs women bishops in principle

The Church of England’s national assembly on Wednesday gave strong backing to the principle of allowing women to serve as bishops. The General Synod voted 378 to eight in favour of the move, clearing the way for a possible vote next year which could bring the measure into Church legislation.…

Religiosity continuing to decline in Britain

The number of Britons who are religious has declined significantly in the last 30 years and the number of adherents to the established Church of England has halved, a survey revealed on Tuesday. Just 52 percent of people said they belong to a religion, down from 68 percent in 1983,…

Clergy rebel against Church of England on same-sex marriage

The Church of England faced a rebellion from its clergy Thursday over a ban on gay civil partnership ceremonies on its premises. Nearly 100 clergy from the London diocese, which has 470 stipendiary priests, signed a letter to The Times newspaper urging that priests be allowed to follow their individual…

Senior Church of England cleric condemns British government’s same-sex marriage plans

The second most senior cleric in the Church of England, Archbishop of York John Sentamu, on Saturday condemned the British government’s plans to introduce same-sex civil marriages. “Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman,” the Ugandan-born archbishop told the Daily Telegraph newspaper, adding that only “dictators” tried…

Church of England bishops attack proposed welfare cuts

LONDON — Eighteen Church of England bishops have signed an open letter published on Sunday criticising planned welfare reforms, in a rare intervention by the religious establishment in politics. In a letter to the Observer newspaper, the bishops said that plans to cap the amount any household can claim in…

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