After 20 years of turmoil and angry debate, the General Synod of the Church of England said yes to women bishops. The first could be named by the end of the year, with the appointment of at least three additional women sometime in 2015, say senior church officials. The General Synod is the three-tier governing body of the Church of England, and it is made up of bishops, clergy, and laity.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) While Christians waited to learn whether the Church of England would approve the consecration of women bishops, the church’s governing body—the General Synod—quietly voted to drop all future references to the devil in a new baptism service.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) British Prime Minister David Cameron has authorized unannounced inspections dubbed “dawn raids” on schools in the English Midlands after education inspectors found that some were covering up evidence of Islamist infiltration.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Attendance figures released by the Church of England show that Sunday worship attendance continues its downward slide and now stands at about half of what it was 45 years ago.
(RNS) Ahead of his five-day visit to Africa, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby issued a statement reminding Anglicans of the commitment the Church of England made eight years ago to the pastoral care and support of everyone, including gays and lesbians.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The number of Roman Catholic adherents in England and Wales fell by more than 90,000 in 2012, despite a wave of immigrants from Poland and other Eastern European countries with historically Catholic backgrounds.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Britain’s highest court ruled Wednesday (Dec. 11) that Scientology is a religion, giving a 25-year old-woman and her fiance the legal rights to marry at the church’s headquarters in London.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Two of the world’s great libraries — the Vatican Library in Rome and the Bodleian Library at Oxford University — have scanned and loaded the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient Hebrew, Greek and early Christian manuscripts online Tuesday (Dec. 3).
CANTERBURY, England ( RNS) When he died on Nov. 22, 1963 hardly a soul blinked in Northern Ireland where he was born or in England where he spent most of his working life as one of the world’s greatest Christian apologists.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A group of Christian lawyers plans to sue two medical doctors who have raised a storm of controversy for arranging the abortion of female fetuses because the parents wanted boys.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The decision by the Church in Wales to consecrate women bishops means the Church of England — the mother church of the worldwide Anglican Communion — will be the last in Britain to admit women as bishops.
In July, the Church of England acknowledged and regretted investing millions of pounds in a company that financially backs England’s leading payday lending company, Wonga. The company charges exorbitantly high percentage rates for loans that usually target the poor.