Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Scotland resigned on February 25 in the wake of explosive charges that he had made “inappropriate” sexual advances to four men, three of them priests and one now a former seminarian, starting in the 1980s.
LONDON (RNS) Justin Welby was confirmed Monday (Feb. 4) as the new archbishop of Canterbury at a centuries-old service at St. Paul's Cathedral, six weeks before his formal enthronement inside Canterbury Cathedral on March 21.
Welby, 57, was a banker and oil executive before his ordination as a priest in 1992, and has served as a bishop for less than a year.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A royal row has broken out between Church of England bishops and Prime Minister David Cameron's liberal-minded coalition government over a planned bill to change ancient laws governing the royal line of succession.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Church of England on Friday (Jan. 4) confirmed that it has dropped its prohibition on gay clergy in civil partnerships becoming bishops – but only if they agree to remain celibate.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The British government unveiled a proposal on Tuesday (Dec. 11) that excludes the Church of England and the Church in Wales from planned legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry in churches.
Bishop Justin Welby, a former oil executive who’s emerged as a critic of corporate excess, will become the 105th archbishop of Canterbury, primate of the Church of England and leader of the worldwide 77-million-member Anglican Communion.
(ENInews)--Two of the Church of England's investment entities announced 7 August that they have sold all their shares in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., worth about 1.9 million pounds (US$2.97 million), due to continuing concerns about the company's ethics.
(ENInews)--The Church of Scotland is making a high-tech move to
protect its 1,600 churches and buildings from metal theft, a newly-popular
crime that is estimated to cost the British economy about 700 million pounds
(ENInews)--The British government on March 15 launched a 12-week
consultation in England and Wales that is widely expected to lead to the
legalization of same-sex marriage, despite strong opposition from the Roman
Catholic Church and conservative elements within the Church of England.
Edinburgh, Scotland, December 9 (ENInews)--Although a recent survey showed 62 percent of Scots favor gay marriage, the country's main religious denominations overwhelmingly disapprove of it--though many observers think religious voices are less influential than they used to be.
November 10 (ENInews)--Britain's Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced on 10 November that an extremist Islamist group called Muslims Against Crusades will be banned, starting at midnight (GMT). The parliamentary order, handed down in London, will make membership in the group a criminal offense.
London, October 20 (ENInews)--Feeling the stress of a growing camp of anti-corporate protesters on its doorsteps, London's iconic St. Paul's Cathedral on 20 October closed several entrances and said it is reviewing "the extent to which it can remain open."
Canterbury, England, August 30 (ENInews)--Rowan Williams, the Archbishop
of Canterbury, is planning to visit Zimbabwe in October as part of a wider
trip to Africa and hopes to meet with President Robert Mugabe to discuss a
brutal dispute over church properties.
Canterbury, England August 18 (ENInews)--More than 20,000 mourners, most
of them British-born Muslims, gathered in Birmingham, England on 18 August
for the funeral of three young men mown down by a car while defending their
community and homes from rioters and looters last week.