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Church of England vicar jailed over sham marriages – UK Border Agency

“A Church of England vicar was today among 3 men jailed for staging hundreds of sham marriages in East Sussex. Reverend Alex Brown was found guilty of conspiring to facilitate breaches in immigration law in July alongside 2 other men, Ukrainian national Vladymyr Buchak and lawyer Michael Adelasoye, following an 8 week trial.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 6th September 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Vicar jailed for sham marriages scam – Daily Telegraph

“A Church of England vicar has been jailed for four years for his part in Britain’s biggest sham marriage fraud to help hundreds of illegal immigrants stay in Britain.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 6th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Two vicars held over suspected sham marriages – The Guardian

“Two clergymen suspected of officiating over sham marriages were arrested by immigration officers today [3rd August].”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Church of England pays damages over abuse claims – BBC News

“The Church of England has paid substantial damages to a woman who claims she was forcibly drugged and sexually abused whilst in the care of a church-run children’s home.”

Full story

BBC News, 7th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Vicar ‘married hundreds in fraudulent ceremonies’ – The Independent

“An Anglican vicar deliberately breached Britain’s immigration laws by conducting hundreds of sham marriages between Africans and Europeans, a court heard yesterday.”

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The Independent, 11th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Draft law opens way for first women bishops by 2014 – The Sunday Times

“The Church of England has paved the way for ordination of its first women bishops with new legislation that it hopes will prevent Anglicans splitting over the issue.”

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The Sunday Times, 9th May 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Lord Carey intervenes in council prayers battle – The Guardian

“The former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, today [7th May] backed the saying of prayers before council meetings as a pressure group prepared to launch a legal battle on the issue.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The legal threat to our spiritual tradition – Daily Telegraph

“The McFarlane judgment raises fundamental questions about church and state, says Michael Nazir-Ali.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Carey’s intervention backfires – The Guardian

“As a lawyer, I can recognise Lord Laws’ judgment in the McFarlane case as stinging rebuke to Lord Carey.”

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The Guardian, 30th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ex-archbishop attacks judges over gay counselling ruling – The Guardian

“The former archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey today accused judges of moving towards a new ‘secular state’ that would downgrade the rights of religious believers. Attacking a ‘deeply worrying’ court ruling, Carey claimed the judiciary was now tipping the legal balance against believers in ‘a deeply unedifying collision of human rights’.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawyers reject calls for Christian-sensitive judges – The Guardian

“Attempts to have religious rights cases heard by hand-picked judges would set a dangerous precedent, lawyers said, amid mounting unrest about legal clashes between religious representatives and equality rights campaigners.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Civil unrest’ warning over ‘un-Christian’ rulings – Daily Telegraph

“A top judge was warned that court rulings against Christian workers risk causing ‘civil unrest’ as he heard the case of a relationship counsellor who was sacked after refusing to give sex advice to homosexual couples.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lichfield diocese burial rule change after grave mix-up – BBC News

“Burial rules in a West Midlands diocese have been changed after a mix-up with grave plots which led to a court ordering an exhumation.”

Full story

BBC News, 7th April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government insists vicars will not be sued for refusing ‘gay marriages’ in churches – Daily Telegraph

“Ministers have assured clergy that they will not face legal action if they refuse to carry out new ‘gay weddings’ in churches.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Vacancies in Suffragan Sees and Other Ecclesiastical Offices Measure 2010

Vacancies in Suffragan Sees and Other Ecclesiastical Offices Measure 2010 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Gay weddings to be allowed in church – The Independent

“Gay men and women will finally be allowed to marry in churches after the House of Lords dramatically voted in favour of lifting the ban on religious premises holding same-sex partnerships.”

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The Independent, 3rd March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Church of England General Synod extends pension rights for gay partners – The Guardian

“The Church of England may not allow its clergy to have their civil ­partnerships blessed in church but it voted tonight to allow the survivors of same-sex ­partnerships the same pension rights as other spouses. The church’s General Synod, meeting in London, voted in favour of what supporters of the move described as ­big-heartedness at odds with the church’s public reputation for homophobia in its wrangles over gay clergy.”

Full story

The Guardian, 11th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Discrimination law change is dropped after Pope’s opposition – The Independent

“The Government will not push through proposals that churches argue would restrict their ability to deny jobs to gay people and transsexuals, Equality Minister Harriet Harman confirmed today.”

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The Independent, 4th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Government defeated three times over church gay plan – BBC News

“The government has suffered three House of Lords defeats over moves churches said would prevent them denying jobs to gay people and transsexuals.”

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BBC News, 25th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Equality bill: churches and campaigners demand clarity on religion’s exemption – The Guardian

“The government is facing allegations of duplicity over changes to the equality bill after a leaked document showed conflicting statements about the position of churches and other religious organisations.”

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The Guardian, 25th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bishops fight for right to criticise gay lifestyle – The Guardian

“Church of England bishops are on a collision course with the government over its plans to amend the incitement to hatred laws, claiming they will stifle what they believe is legitimate criticism of homosexual lifestyles.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th May 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Church of England faces compensation bill over women bishops – Daily Telegraph

“The Church of England could face paying out millions of pounds in compensation to opponents of women bishops who quit their posts over the issue.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th June 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Spitting vicar’ ordered to leave parish – The Independent

“A Church of England vicar accused of intimidating and spitting at parishioners was ordered to vacate his post by his bishop today.”

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The Independent, 10th April 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Catholics could join the royal succession – Daily Telegraph

“Gordon Brown is to consider abolishing the Act that prevents Roman Catholics marrying into the Royal Family or becoming king or queen, in a move that could lead to the disestablishment of the Church of England.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Church told to play pipes of peace as organists get workers’ rights – The Times

“Organists have been second-class citizens in the church hierarchy since before Bach and bridal marches, but organists are to receive full employment rights after a landmark ruling.”

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The Times, 20th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Synod calls on minister to scrap planned casinos – The Guardian

“The Archbishop of Canterbury last night dismissed the government’s ‘extraordinary, not to say ridiculous’ claims that gambling was a means for regeneration and urged the gaming industry to take responsibility for its ‘human pollution’.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

666 church motion doomed – The Independent

“A motion calling for the disestablishment of the Church of England appeared on the House of Commons order paper today – bizarrely numbered 666, the number associated with the Antichrist.”

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The Independent, 10th January 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Church suspends adulterous vicar – The Times

“The first vicar to appear before a new Church of England disciplinary tribunal has been suspended for four years for having an affair with a married woman.”

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The Times, 24th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Organ donation a “Christian duty” – BBC News

“The Church of England has declared organ donation to be a Christian duty, in keeping with giving oneself and one’s possessions freely.

 It [the Church] was taking part in a House of Lords consultation on whether there should be an EU-wide position on organ donation.”

Full story

BBC News, 8th October 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Adulterous’ vicar first before secret court – The Times

“A vicar who allegedly had an affair with a married parishioner became the first member of the clergy to appear before a secretive new Church of England disciplinary tribunal yesterday.”

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The Times, 4th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk  

Bishop urged to resign after diocese loses gay bias case – The Guardian

“The Bishop of Hereford faced calls for his resignation last night after an employment tribunal ruled that he had discriminated against a gay youth worker because of the man’s sexuality.”

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The Guardian, 19th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Synod agrees deal over discipline to head off church rift over gay clergy – The Guardian

“The Church of England yesterday bowed to pleas from two archbishops to help draw up a disciplinary covenant for the worldwide Anglican communion, despite fears that it will led to the expulsion of liberal believers.”

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The Guardian, 9th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk


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