Age-related milestones in the church

Further to Frank’s review of the retirement age in the Methodist Church and the recent ONS ad hoc release “What is life like for an older person today?” it is pertinent to consider the legislation governing the age-related milestones of other beliefs, and that applicable within the Church of England, the Church in Wales and the Roman Catholic Church is summarized below.  Whilst it is difficult to make absolute comparisons between the criteria employed by different faith groups, such information prompts a consideration of the present-day relevance of these apparently arbitrarily-decided points in a person’s life, which invariably have a substantial impact on the individual concerned.

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