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Top Anglican calls for lifting seal of confessional in child abuse cases

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Anglican priests should no longer be bound by the centuries-old principle of confidentiality in confessions when they are told of sexual crimes committed against children, the Church of England's No. 2 official said.

Speaking at the end of an internal inquiry on whether senior church officials ignored abuse allegations involving children, Archbishop of York John Sentamu said that "what happened was shameful, terrible, bad, bad, bad."

English Catholic bishop resigns, admits affair with woman

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An English Catholic bishop has resigned after admitting that he has been "unfaithful to his promises as a Catholic priest."

Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton, chairman of the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said in a statement that he would step down "with immediate effect."

"I would like to reassure you that my actions were not illegal and did not involve minors," Conry said in a statement read out in parishes of his diocese at Masses Saturday and Sunday.

Church of England set to vote on women bishops

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Women's rights activists greeted with delight signs the Church of England is poised to relent and allow women to be consecrated as bishops.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will preside over a historic General Synod meeting at the University of York when a make-or-break vote on the subject is expected Monday.

"I think we're there at long last," American-born Christina Rees, one of the church's leading women's rights campaigners, said in an interview Thursday.

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