Category - bishops

  • March 10, 2013

    Over 40 Church of England bishops have signed an letter to the government in the media criticising its Benefits Uprating Bill as an attack on the poorest.

  • February 18, 2013

    The marketisation of the health service "has gone too far", two Church of England bishops have suggested, following the latest scandal.

  • January 24, 2013

    Church of England bishops and the Methodist President are among signatories to a multifaith letter calling for an end to a financial system built on unjust debt.

  • January 9, 2013

    There has been much ado about bishops of late. First, the Church of England's House of Laity rejected the consecration of women, to the consternation of a majority in their own communion and the incredulity of wider society. Then the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster soured the Nativity season - perhaps the tenderest of all our celebrations of the mysteries of faith - with negativity about same sex love and marriage.

  • January 5, 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.

  • January 5, 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.

  • December 12, 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.

  • November 21, 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.

  • November 21, 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.

  • June 24, 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.