Press Roundup Tuesday 29 September 2009

By Press Office
September 29, 2009

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 and Guardian.

Religion & Society

Sex abuse rife in other religions, says Vatican
The Vatican has lashed out at criticism over its handling of its paedophilia crisis by saying the Catholic church was "busy cleaning its own house" and that the problems with clerical sex abuse in other churches were as big, if not bigger.

Church bill for £230,000 forces couple to sell farm
Ancient law makes landholder liable to pay some of church's upkeep.

Atheism's open-door policy
Andrew Brown is wrong: atheism isn't about class. Anyone can join our club if they don't believe in God.

Comment: Nodding off, counting sheep
No one really knows exactly what's happening to attendance. But Back to Church Sunday makes sense in any case.

Comment: A myth in the wild
The belief that moral and scientific progress go together with atheism blinds us to huge and important truths.

Comment: Ignore the bells and the smells and the lovely Raphaels, the Pope's visit to Britain is nothing to celebrate
Gordon Brown is 'delighted', David Cameron is 'delighted'. I am 'repelled'.

Comment: The St Thérèse relics are no jujus – they provide real inspiration
The pilgrims following her tour are participating in an important part of Catholic belief, says Stephen Wang.

Peace & War

Iran test fires missile capable of hitting Israel in showdown over secret nuclear plant
Iran has test-fired a missile capable of striking Israel and U.S. interests in the Gulf, state media has reported.

Iran given one last chance to talk on nuclear programme
Iran will be given one last chance to prove to the world it is serious about discussing its nuclear weapon ambitions at talks in Geneva on Thursday.

North Korea nuclear arsenal threat
North Korea has warned it will strengthen its nuclear arsenal if new sanctions are imposed over its weapons programme.

Conservatives back military's calls to send more troops to Afghanistan
The simmering dispute over whether to deploy more British troops to Afghanistan boiled over today as the Tories and a former head of the army demanded urgent and more decisive action.

Militants linked to kidnapped Britons released from prison
Around 100 members of a militant group believed to have links to the kidnapping of five Britons in Iraq more than two years ago were released from prison, it was reported.

Comment: A farcical attempt to paint Israel black
The UN Human Rights Council’s report into the Gaza conflict is a shamefully biased document.

Crime & Justice

Police sergeant to be charged with G20 assault
A police sergeant who allegedly struck a woman during G20 protests will be charged with assault, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said today.

Alan Johnson to unveil plan to ban wife beaters from their homes
Suspected wife beaters will be banned from their own homes for up to two weeks to allow their victims time to consider taking them to court, Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, will announce today.

Stalking victims let down by police
Victims of stalking have been let down by the police in the past, a senior officer said today.

New support for crime victims
Jack Straw will today pledge to put victims first in the criminal justice system as he launches the country's first national programme to support them.

Life & Death

58 killed as Guinean soldiers open fire at rally
At least 58 people were killed when Guinean security forces fired into the crowd at an opposition rally at a football stadium yesterday, according to a human rights organisation in the country.

Retired GP, 83, arrested after suicide of multiple sclerosis sufferer
A retired GP and right-to-die campaigner was arrested yesterday in connection with the suicide of a multiple sclerosis sufferer.

Philippine flood death toll rises
The death toll from devastating floods in the Philippine capital, Manila, and surrounding areas has climbed to 140, with 32 people still missing, the government said on Monday.

Nazi PoW leaves his fortune to villagers
A former German prisoner of war plans to leave a six-figure fortune to the Scottish community where he was held captive by the British during the Second World War.

Globalisation & Development

UN says caste system is a human rights abuse
United Nations is to declare discrimination based on the Indian caste system is a human rights abuse.

Egyptian minister says the UN is too political
Egypt's culture minister has attacked the organisation as 'politicised' after being defeated in the Unesco leadership contest.

Switzerland clears Nestlé over Grace Mugabe's milk
The Swiss government has cleared the multinational food giant Nestlé of breaking any laws over its Zimbabwean subsidiary buying milk from a dairy controlled by Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace.

People & Power

I forgive him, says Lockerbie relative after meeting Colonel Gaddafi
The sister of an American soldier who was killed in the Lockerbie bombing said that she had met Colonel Muammar Gaddafi during his visit to New York to offer him forgiveness.

France condemns 'sinister' arrest of Polanski
The fate of the Franco-Polish film director Roman Polanski became an international cause célèbre yesterday as Paris, Warsaw and an extensive cast of figures from world cinema demanded his immediate release from a Swiss jail.

China makes it illegal to discuss independence for Xinjiang
A new law in the far-western Chinese province of Xinjiang makes it a criminal offence for people to discuss separatism on the internet, according to state media.

Community & Family

War declared on 'problem families'
Gordon Brown will promise tough action on problem families who terrorise their neighbours as he delivers his final conference speech before the general election.

Ecology & Environment

Third World population controls won't save climate, study claims
The population explosion in poor countries will contribute little to climate change and is a dangerous distraction from the main problem of over-consumption in rich nations, a study has found.

Economy & Politics

Comment: The UK must ratify the Right to Know law
The Right to Know has injected new energy into democracy and led to less corruption around the world, writes Oliver Spencer.

Education & Culture

Jewish faith schools introduce religious observance tests
A new points system has families flocking to the synagogue to ensure admission to their chosen school. It will all sound familiar to Church of England regulars.

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