The General Synod of the Church of England has rejected a motion condemning the television coverage of religion by the BBC and independent companies, preferring to encourage rather than cajole broadcasters.
Rather than moaning about religious output on the BBC and elsewhere, Christians would do better to look at how - and what - they are communicating themselves, says Simon Barrow. In a mixed belief era the church cannot expect privileged coverage, but it has unparalleled opportunities to engage in a vibrant media environment.
In a speech aimed at calming the warring factions within the C of E and the worldwide Anglican Communion, Rowan Williams apologised to gay people but said that unelected bishops were right to oppose equality legislation.
The Church of England's General Synod has said it will go ahead with installing women as bishops, but a delay in draft legislation has left many frustrated and uncertain about how the plan will work in practice.
The General Synod of Church of England meets in Westminster this week, tackling issues that include the international financial crisis, women bishops, the Anglican Covenant, human trafficking, asylum, and the Church’s approach to the BNP.
Rowan Williams clarified the nub of his thinking and showed contrition for clumsiness, but he declined to apologise and is not off the hook, say commentators and other public figures today, amid calls for disestablishment.