Press Roundup Monday 21 June 2010

By Press Office
June 21, 2010

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, and the tabloids.

Religion & Society

Archbishops risk 'bloodbath' over women priests by letting opponents of reform remain in the clergy
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are to make a dramatic intervention in the long-running row over women bishops this week by demanding that opponents of female clergy are not driven out of the Church.

Banks must not sacrifice morality for profit, says Catholic leader
The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has warned that the roots of the financial crisis will not be addressed unless the banks learn not to sacrifice morality for profit.

Cardinal with close ties to Vatican investigated over corruption
One of Italy's most prominent Catholic cardinals and a former minister have been put under investigation as part of a corruption scandal that has tainted the government and spread to touch the Vatican.

Pope Joan film sparks Roman Catholic Church row
A new film based on the legend of Pope Joan – an Englishwoman who purportedly disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female pontiff in history – has sparked debate in the Roman Catholic Church.

Comment: The deficit we have to restore is not purely financial
In reforming the financial sector, profit must be a means to an end, not an end in itself, writes Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Comment: A Muslim community, scrutinised
A scheme to spy on Muslim neighbourhoods in Birmingham is worse than misguided, it's positively harmful.

Ecology & Environment

Greenpeace slams Government 'handouts' for nuclear industry
Environmental campaigners have accused the Government of preparing to allow a multi-million pound "handout" to firms building nuclear reactors.

10:10 campaigners push to keep summer time all year round
As the UK wakes up to the longest day of the year today, campaigners are calling for more sunshine in our lives – by urging the government to keep British Summer Time (BST) all year round.

Iron to be dropped in Southern Ocean in quest to curb global warming
Thousands of tonnes of iron will be dumped at sea in the biggest trial of a technique that could cut global warming by sucking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Comment: Blame BP, but blame ‘last barrel’ policy, too
Unless Obama weans his country off its oil addiction, we can expect another disaster.

Life & Death

'Charge doctor death' say patients' families
Angry relatives last night called for new charges against a doctor who admitted hastening the deaths of terminally ill patients.

Euthanasia cases in Holland rise by 13 per cent in a year
Euthanasia cases in Holland have increased by 13 per cent in the last year, new figures have shown.

Comment: There's nothing merciful about these doctors who play God
When someone you love is dying in agony, who has the right to decide whether to speed things up? If a patient has given their consent, should doctors be able to administer large doses of drugs which allow them to slip away without the pain?

Race & Identity

Asylum-seekers left without legal advice as Government faces demand to pay up
Hundreds of asylum seekers protested outside the Ministry of Justice yesterday after the UK’s leading provider of legal advice to refugees was driven into administration.

Asylum 'easiest in UK'
Asylum seekers wanting refuge in the UK are twice as likely to succeed at their first try than in France, it emerged yesterday.

Comment: Destitution isn't an acceptable outcome of the asylum system
There are many reasons why those refused asylum remain in the UK. Enjoying squalid limbo isn't one of them.

Crime & Justice

International drug crime measures 'lead to executions'
The United Nations, the European commission and individual states including Britain are flouting international human rights law by funding anti-drug crime measures that are inadvertently leading to the executions of offenders, according to a report seen by the Guardian.

Comment: Faith is not the answer
Religion should be accommodated as far as is reasonable. But prison must remain a secular space.

Education & Culture

Higher university tuition fees 'hit the poor'
Many teenagers will turn their backs on a university education if tuition fees are increased, researchers have warned.

Richard Dawkins among academics calling for compulsory evolution teaching at primary school
Evolution should be taught to all primary school pupils, according to leading scientists and academics.

Peace & War

Israel to allow aid in to Gaza
Israel announced plans to allow civilian supplies into Gaza, bowing to intense pressure following the bungled raid on an activist flotilla seeking to break the blockade three weeks ago.

Comment: A middle way on Trident
Defence reviews can't exclude nuclear weapons, but the choice need not be renewal or abolition.

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