Press Roundup Wednesday 21 October 2009

By Press Office
October 21, 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

Pope Benedict XVI paves way for thousands of disaffected Anglicans to cross over to Rome
Pope Benedict XVI has paved the way for thousands of Anglicans who are disillusioned by the church’s stance on female clergy and homosexuality to convert to Roman Catholicism.

Couple sell home to due to church law
A couple's historic farmhouse has been sold at auction to meet the costs of an 18-year battle against an ancient law making them liable for repairs to a nearby church.

Comment: Desperate bishops invited Rome to park its tanks on Archbishop’s lawn
Rome has parked its tanks on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s lawn after manoeuvres undertaken by up to fifty bishops and begun two years ago by an Australian archbishop, John Hepworth.

Comment: Half way to Rome
Telegraph View: Pope Benedict XVI's proposed high Anglican enclave within the Roman Catholic church offers a half-way home to those who will never be reconciled to the liberal reforms in the Anglican Communion.

Comment: Pope’s move will harm dialogue and weaken Church of England
Rome has clearly made a bold move, one which might prove attractive to some disgruntled evangelicals in search of an authority unlikely to cave in to the demands of the deepening secularist culture of the West.

Comment: The Catholic Church offers us a warm welcome
The Church of England must transfer churches to us.

Comment: The end of the Anglican Communion
Pope Benedict tells Rowan Williams: so long and thanks for all the priests.

Comment: Faith matters, whatever you believe
John Denham's speech went beyond advocacy of humanism. He takes a position that should allow public religion to flourish.

Comment: Religion, HIV and the developing world
Debates about religion and HIV are skewed by the question of contraception. We shouldn't allow such disagreements to blind us to the difference faith leaders can make.

Economy & Politics

Police to extend MP's expenses inquiry
MPs trying to block a probe into their expenses received a stark warning from a top cop yesterday.

Demo ahead of BNP TV appearance
Anti-racism campaigners are due to stage a public rally ahead of BNP leader Nick Griffin's appearance on Question Time.

Conservative Party facing US pressure over links with far-right parties in Europe
The Conservative Party is facing pressure from the Obama administration over its European policy and links with far-right parties from Latvia and Poland.

BNP embarrassment over leaked membership list
The British National Party faced embarrassment after a new leaked alleged membership list suggested it had fewer supporters than it previously claimed.

BNP chief's Nazi slur on generals - outrage after Griffin compares his Army critics to Hitler's war criminals
The leader of the British National Party provoked revulsion last night by comparing distinguished former Army chiefs to Nazi war criminals.

BNP supporters to be in Question Time audience
The BBC is to include BNP supporters in the audience for Thursday's controversial edition of Question Time when the party's leader, Nick Griffin, will become the first far-right politician to appear on the programme.

Ecology & Environment

New hope for climate talks as India takes small step towards deal
India’s climate change policy was in turmoil yesterday as its Environment Minister admitted that he had made a proposal to adjust the country’s position that caps on greenhouse gases should apply only to rich countries.

Yemen could become first nation to run out of water

EU ministers set to agree cut in aviation emissions
European environment ministers are set to agree a cut in the carbon emissions from flying, the Guardian has learned.

Comment: Our nuclear tragedy
The idea that a few new reactors can solve climate change is attractive – and completely unrealistic.

Globalisation & Development

Hamid Karzai is forced into a re-run of tainted Afghan vote
Afghanistan' s president has bowed to international pressure over the voting fraud that saw him re-elected and agreed to a new vote.

Cholera breaks out in Zimbabwe again amid fears of an epidemic in summer rains
Conditions remain squalid on Harare outskirts where a cholera outbreak this year killed 4,300 of the 100,00 who were infected.

People & Power

'You're a terrorist': Tony Blair taunted by young Palestinian in West Bank mosque
Tony Blair had to be rescued by bodyguards as he visited a West Bank mosque yesterday when a Palestinian man approached him shouting: 'You are a terrorist!'

Robert Bernstein, founder of Human Rights Watch, accuses it of anti-Israel bias
Robert Bernstein, the founder of Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading human rights organisations, accused the New York-based group of anti-Israeli bias yesterday.

Sex & Gender

Cameron cuties: Tory anger as leader calls for all-women MP shortlists
David Cameron sparked Tory fury by announcing he will impose all-women shortlists on constituencies selecting General Election candidates.

End 'nightmare' of men-only boards, Harman tells the City
Harriet Harman pushed ahead with her equality shake-up yesterday by calling for the City to the 'nightmare' of men-only boards.

Crime & Justice

Lord Chief Justice turns on super-injunctions
The country's most senior judge has defended Parliament's right to freedom of expression after allegations that a firm of lawyers and an oil trading company tried to stop the media reporting the business of the House of Commons.

Life & Death

Comment: Tina Turner and a 'me' generation that no longer knows how to cope with death
A vicar in Kent, the Reverend Ed Tomlinson, has said that he ‘feels like a lemon’ when asked to officiate at modern funeral services which have been cobbled together by the family or friends of the dead person.

Peace & War

Iran objects to French involvement in nuclear talks
Talks on Iran's nuclear programme ground to a halt on Tuesday when Tehran objected to the presence of French negotiators at the table.

Race & Identity

40,000 migrants gone missing
Up to 40,000 immigrants who should have left Britain more than six years ago could still be here, the Home Office admitted today.

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