Catherine Pepinster

Catherine Pepinster is an author at Religion News Service.

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Britain’s first Anglican same-sex marriage celebrated in a Scottish church

August 4, 2017

LONDON (RNS) — In June, the Scottish Episcopal Church, which is part of the Anglican Communion, announced that it was allowing gay weddings after its synod voted to amend its canon law on marriage.

Charlie Gard dies after sparking a global debate on the ethics of life and death

July 28, 2017

LONDON (RNS) — The baby died after his parents gave up a protracted legal battle with a London hospital over whether he could be successfully treated in the United States for a rare genetic condition.

It’s no longer Sunday best for the Church of England

July 14, 2017

LONDON (RNS) — But will they convince young people it’s a 21st-century institution they want to join?

As Anglicans point fingers in sex abuse scandal, George Carey quits honorary role

June 27, 2017

LONDON (RNS) George Carey’s resignation highlights how church institutions are shifting their focus to punishing church officials for their roles in covering up child sex abuse by priests, even as some criticize them for not sufficiently addressing victims’ needs.

Finsbury Park attack a window onto two Britains: One seeking tolerance, the other revenge

June 20, 2017

LONDON (RNS) In Britain, some people cynically describe friendly relations between members of different faiths as ‘tea and samosas,’ but others suggest expressions of solidarity are growing despite the recent attack.

British Christians wonder if there is room for them in politics

June 15, 2017

LONDON (RNS) ‘We are kidding ourselves if we think we are living in a tolerant liberal society,’ said Tim Farron, who stepped down as leader of the Liberal Democrat Christian Forum because of his faith.

Debate about Islam and security dominates British election

June 7, 2017

LONDON (RNS) After three major terror attacks in as many months, Muslim leaders are under pressure to acknowledge a connection between their faith and jihadi violence, while the government is under pressure to take firm action.

Religious leaders shocked by attack on Ramadan and Pentecost

June 4, 2017

LONDON (RNS) The archbishop of Canterbury warned that the U.K. could end up ‘hiding behind closed doors’ and urged Christians not to be afraid.

Mourning in Manchester, religious and secular traditions meet and meld

May 27, 2017

(RNS) This is a moment where Christian tradition meets secular rituals that have come to define public mourning since this increasingly irreligious nation said goodbye to Princess Diana exactly 20 years ago.

How the British developed a taste for religion in politics

May 7, 2017

LONDON (RNS) The reasons are complex and include an aggressive secularism, the influx of migrants of other faiths and fears about Islam.

What Jeffrey John’s rejection says about unity in the Anglican Communion

April 17, 2017

LONDON (RNS) John has been rejected as a candidate for bishop a remarkable seven times. It is more than a personal blow. It is about the worldwide Anglican Communion’s lingering division over homosexuality.

Endangered Anglican cathedrals prompt Church of England review

April 10, 2017

LONDON (RNS) The maintenance and repair of these ancient buildings are causing much of the cathedrals’ financial problems.

Muslim mayor stresses diversity after London attack, but Britons still uneasy

March 29, 2017

LONDON (RNS) ‘Islamophobia is our last blind spot,’ said another Muslim pathbreaker, Sayeeda Warsi, who was Britain’s first Muslim Cabinet minister.

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