News Brief

  • April 27, 2007

    The uncomfortable fact is that the church's Christendom ('Christian country') assumptions put it into the position of arguing the same political point about national identity as the BNP. A different way forward is needed.

  • April 27, 2007

    The church looking for ‘God slots’ in relation to culture is like religion seeking a ‘God of the gaps’ in relation to science: a huge mistake. The Gospel points us elsewhere.

  • April 26, 2007

    After the jailing of a choirmaster for sexual abuse against children in the 1980s, the Church of England says that the mistake of failing to report an abuser to the police would not happen now. But the case highlights the need for extra vigilance and robust child protection policies.

  • April 26, 2007

    Perhaps the UK's best known twentieth century evangelical representative, a former chaplain to the Queen, has announced he is retiring. John Stott has been a major voice in world Christianity and a big influence in his own Anglican church.

  • April 26, 2007

    Famous Irish peace activist Mairead Maguire has been hit with a rubber bullet fired by the Israeli military at a non-violent protest Ramallah on the West Bank.

  • April 26, 2007

    Amid accusations that it has failed to act properly in abuse cases stemming from the past, the Church of England has made child safety a priority. Its current policies and procedures are demonstrably rigorous and caring, it says.

  • April 26, 2007

    A senior Church of England bishop who has a number of British National Party (BNP) councillors in his diocese, has written in an anti-fascist magazine, urging Christians to vote against the party in the forthcoming local elections.

  • April 26, 2007

    News organisations and NGOs are concerned at the increasing restrictions they face as the bloody conflict continues in Sri Lanka and the government seeks to clamp down.

  • April 26, 2007

    The first bilateral meeting between representatives of the Catholic Church and the Irish Government took place yesterday as part of the new structured dialogue between the Government and the Churches.

  • April 26, 2007

    The Dutch and Italian governments have come out against the wearing of some religious clothing in public.