Clergy can join new association

The country’s largest union, Unite, announced the launch of the Church of England Clergy Association (CECA) on Monday. Despite four years of talks with the House of Clergy, however, it has received only a cautious welcome. In 2008, the General Synod’s House of Clergy established…

The Church of England General Synod

The General Synod of the Church of England met in London, at Church House, Westminster, from the 6th to the 9th February. I was there alongside CT assistant editor Glyn Paflin and staff and freelance writers Ed Thornton, Madeleine Davies and Margaret Duggan. Together we produced…

The General Synod debates women bishops

Gavin Drake reports from this week’s meeting of the Church of England’s General Synod where issues around Women Bishops were debated. The Sunday Programme, BBC Radio 4

Dr Williams issues warning on Nigeria

Nigeria is “at risk of disintegra­tion” after the recent attacks on Chris­tians, the Archbishop of Canterbury said this week. Dr Williams, speaking in an emergency debate in the General Synod on Wednesday, said that the situation in Nigeria was “not a few issues of interfaith…

First anniversary of the Ordinariate

A church service on Sunday will celebrate the first anniversary of the founding of the Anglican Ordinariate. Gavin Drake looks back at its first year and investigates whether it has a future The Sunday Programme, BBC Radio 4

Happy Birthday to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham – Pope Benedict’s structure to provide a space for former Anglicans in the Roman Catholic Church, is one year old tomorrow. I’ll be reporting for BBC Radio Four’s Sunday Programme, looking back at the Ordinariate’s past year…

New front in Israeli / Palestinian conflict opens up in Britain’s system of advertising regulation

Last week, Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority released its latest adjudication on an advert by the Israeli Government Tourist Office in London. The advert featured the feeding of the five thousand and the authority ruled that it was not misleading or offensive for the national press…

Rector loses employment tribunal case

A former Church of England Rector has today lost his employment tribunal claim against the bishop and diocese of Worcester. The Revd Mark Sharpe, former Rector of the Teme Valley South benefice near Tenbury Wells, alleged that the bishop and diocese had failed to protect…

Council and councillor join battle in court over prayers

The practice of saying prayers at the start of council meetings is akin to councillors’ reading pornographic or racist material, lawyers for the National Secular Society (NSS) told the High Court last Friday. The NSS and the former Bideford town councillor Clive Bone brought judicial-review…

Judge must decide on priests’ employment status

A former rector, the Revd Mark Sharpe, will have to wait up to three months before he finds out whether he can bring a case of constructive dismissal against the Bishop and diocese of Worcester. The chairman of an employment tribunal, A. J. McCarry, told…