bishops

  • 5 Jan 2013

    Clergy in civil partnerships can become bishops provided they are celibate, the Church of England House of Bishops agreed. Though this falls far short of full equality, some have labelled it a major shift in church policy.

  • 5 Jan 2013

    The Church of England has announced that people in same-sex relationships can become bishops if they do not have sex. It is tempting to see this as a sign of progress, but for many gay and bisexual people it will be the latest message telling them that they are not welcome as equals in the Christian Church.

  • 12 Dec 2012

    The government's proposals for same-sex marriage have revealed them to be clueless about religion, contemptuous of civil rights and bizarrely ignorant about the history, culture and politics of Wales. There is a serious possibility of these proposals failing to pass through Parliament. We must step up the campaign for civil rights, not assume they have been won.

  • 21 Nov 2012

    As news came through of the Church of England's rejection of women bishops, Symon Hill was reminded of a small clique of sexist Christians who he knew at university. Supporters of equality have tried to reach accommodation with opponents, but their efforts have been aggressively rejected. We must stop appeasing prejudice and stand up for equality, he says.

  • 21 Nov 2012

    Pressure is growing on the Church of England's leaders to act positively after yesterday's painfully narrow vote failing to approve women bishops.

  • 24 Jun 2012

    Two Church of England bishops have said that a Church statement strongly opposing same-sex marriage does not represent the views of the Church's membership.

  • 21 Jun 2012

    Both Christian and secular organisations have expressed concern about the level of allowances claimed by a number of bishops for attending the House of Lords.

  • 2 Feb 2012

    The Church of England’s decisions about women bishops are likely to have a major impact on its mission as well as its ministry, says Savi Hensman. If the church appears to be reluctant to accept and fully use women’s gifts, attempts to attract and involve more people across a wide age-range may be undermined.

  • 29 Jan 2012

    Christians, humanists and others have criticised attempts to promote "therapy" aimed at "healing" people of an attraction to members of their own sex.

  • 29 Jan 2012

    The saga of Bishop Wallace Benn and the pro-rape booklet goes on and on. Having first withdrawn his endorsement of the booklet, then apologised, he has now offered what appears to be an attempt at an explanation.