News Brief

  • February 11, 2008

    With peace seemingly returning to the troubled country, churches within and outside Kenya are now taking stock of the experiences from an ecumenical team visit made during a month of unrest and violence.

  • February 11, 2008

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown has privately asked Archbishop Rowan Williams to clarify the precise import of his remarks about the social and legal codes of Sharia and the English civil law system, those close to 10 Downing Street say.

  • February 11, 2008

    As churches from around the world gear up to respond to the Southern Africa flood emergency, the Methodist Church in Britain is sending a solidarity grant of £30,000 to provide support for the victims of the disaster.

  • February 11, 2008

    A priminent Labour MP, speaking on behalf of the Christian Socialist Movement, has condemned the "hysterical and largely uninformed media response" to Archbishop Rowan Williams' lecture on civil and religious law in Britain.

  • February 10, 2008

    Electronics workers in Mexico are regularly subjected to denial of labour rights and dignity by companies - practices which needed to be challenged and changed, says a new report from the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development.

  • February 10, 2008

    Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams is panicking over the demise of organised Christianity’s power and influence in society and seeking a multi-faith settlement to address these concerns, a TV discussion programme heard today.

  • February 10, 2008

    Christianity has suffered as a result of trying to subject an ineffable and transcendent God to the inevitable limitations of speculative philosophy, says Giles Fraser. But divine reality impinges upon us much more immediately in the Gospel.

  • February 10, 2008

    What would happen if just a small proportion of the £1.25 trillion in consumer debt we all owe on was defaulted upon or suddenly called in? Jonathan Bartley looks at economic revolutions, and revolutionizing economics from the standpoint of the Gospel.

  • February 10, 2008

    Asking where the Church of England can go from here, Simon Barrow looks at why and how Rowan Williams got hold of the wrong end of the stick over religious communal practice and the civil legal system, why a larger 'multi-faith settlement' is unhelpful, and how post-Christendom beckons.

  • February 10, 2008

    Following the row over the Archbishop of Canterbury's speech on Sharia law, the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales has said it is content that its own marriage tribunal decisions are not enforceable in civil courts.