Press Roundup Thursday 22 October 2009

By Press Office
October 22, 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

The Big Question: Why is the Catholic church offering a home to congregations of Anglicans?

Archbishop Vincent Nichols welcomes Anglican convert plan as an 'opportunity'
The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, has welcomed changes that will allow disaffected Anglicans to convert to Catholicism as "a challenge and an opportunity".

Vatican thumbs up for Karl Marx after Galileo, Darwin and Oscar Wilde
Karl Marx, who famously described religion as “the opium of the people”, has joined Galileo, Charles Darwin and Oscar Wilde on a growing list of historical figures to have undergone an unlikely reappraisal by the Roman Catholic Church.

Comment: The Vatican opens its arms to Anglicans – and tightens its grip
The Pope's dramatic invitation to disaffected Anglicans will have a huge impact, says Damian Thompson.

Comment: Church of England: Imperial Rome

Comment: If our Archbishop spent less time fretting about climate change, he might notice the pope is about to mug him

Comment: A catholic approach to weirdos is fine with me
I’m all in favour of people showing their true colours.

Comment: Censorship is being justified by imaginary Muslim outrage
It's the cultural elite who are calling for the removal of offending material.

Economy & Politics

BBC rejects plea to bar BNP leader Nick Griffin from Question Time
The BBC Trust last night rejected last-ditch attempts to block BNP leader Nick Griffin from appearing on Question Time.

BNP: Thank you Auntie for giving us such a boost
Nick Griffin has thanked the BBC and praised the “hysterical” reaction of the political elite for giving his far-right British National Party unprecedented publicity.

BBC beefs up security for BNP
Security at BBC Television Centre will be tight as BNP leader Nick Griffin arrives tonight.

Comment: The enemies of democracy are very grateful for this free gift
These are unusually febrile times. The BNP could fill a dangerous gap in the market.

Race & Identity

Britain 'forced to take more asylum seekers' under EU common asylum plan
Britain would be forced to take a greater number of asylum seekers under EU plans that would create a Europe-wide common asylum policy with uniform criteria for deciding on cases.

France deports illegal Afghan migrants on joint Franco-British flight
France has expelled three illegal Afghan immigrants on the first joint Franco-British charter flight to Kabul, a move that critics say puts the men's lives in danger.

Comment We must halt this conspiracy of silence over our immigration crisis
Immigration is driving our population to new heights. If nothing is done, we will have an extra 10million people within 25 years.

Comment: Cowardice on immigration has allowed the BNP to flourish
Frank Field and Nicholas Soames argue that both Labour and the Tories have failed to address the voters' fears.

Sex & Gender

David Cameron admits Tories have a problem with women MPs
David Cameron yesterday admitted his party has a problem with sexism. He said the Conservatives faced huge difficulties in getting women MPs due to prejudice in local parties which select candidates.

Hurling: Ireland stunned by gay star
Donal Og Cusack, 32, is a solid gold star in the macho world of Irish hurling. Cork's goalkeeper for more than a decade, this son of a crane driver from the small town of Cloyne has rewritten the way the game is played, to the fury of many traditionalists.

Nicole Kidman: Hollywood contributes to violence against women
Nicole Kidman has said that Hollywood probably contributed to violence against women by portraying them as weak sex objects.

Comment: Women-only shortlists are a patronising stunt .... haven't the Tories learnt anything from the catastrophe of Blair's Babes?

Education & Culture

Faith schools 'shunning other religions'
More than one in five private schools is failing to teach children about other religions, according to Ofsted.

Religious pupils 'not catered for'
State secondary schools can fail to cater to the needs of pupils from religious backgrounds, an Ofsted survey has suggested.

Archbishop of Canterbury attacks 'oppressive' education system
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has launched an extraordinary attack on the “oppressive” system of state education in England.

Peace & War

You would be daft to scrap Trident, Hutton tells Brown
John Hutton, the former defence secretary, has warned Gordon Brown that it would be "daft" to scrap the Trident nuclear weapons system, and predicted that his plans to scale it back will not save much money.

Iran faces key deadline in nuclear talks
The confrontation over Iran's nuclear programme reached a crucial moment when Tehran was given until Friday to accept a confidence-building agreement to export about 80 per cent of its low-enriched uranium.

Cheney demands Afghanistan victory
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney accused the White House of dithering over the strategy for the war in Afghanistan and urged President Barack Obama to "do what it takes to win".

Community & Family

UK population to keep soaring
Britain's population is set to rocket by 425,000 every year until 2033, it was revealed yesterday.

Comment: Perpetuating population paranoia
Projections of an increase in the UK's population play into tabloid hands – it's important to remember we can't predict the future.

Crime & Justice

Outrage at government plan for secret inquests
Plans to introduce secret inquiries into controversial deaths from which the public and bereaved families could be banned are to be pushed through the House of Commons by the Government.

Comment: Resist these attempts to make justice secret
Inquests should be free from the hand of ministerial interference.

Ecology & Environment

10:10 call defeated in Commons
A move to force the government to sign up to the 10:10 campaign and cut greenhouse gas emissions from its estate and the public sector by 10% in 2010 was defeated in the Commons.

Government’s fast-track plan for power will raise hackles
The Government is likely to anger local campaigners today as it announces a list of nuclear reactors, high-voltage power lines and giant wind farms that it wants to fast-track through Britain’s planning system by using new powers it obtained this month.

Globalisation & Development

Aid programme 'must focus on slims'
Britain's international aid programme should give much greater priority to helping the growing number of people living in the mega-slums of the developing world, a report has said.

Life & Death

Four-year drought pushes 23 million Africans to brink of starvation
“The last time I had a good harvest was 2003 — there has been nothing at all for the last three years,” said Mutindi Maithya, 36, a widow who lives with her six children on a four- acre plot of sun-baked land.

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