Press Roundup Monday 7 December 2009

By Press Office
December 7, 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

Lesbian bishop sparks new church row
The Episcopal Church in the US has elected its first openly lesbian woman to serve as a bishop in the diocese of Los Angeles, instantly sparking fresh tumult in the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor turns down peerage following Catholic row
A rift among Catholic bishops has thwarted moves to elevate Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor to the House of Lords, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt.

Vatican Bank investigated over 'money laundering'
The Vatican Bank is under investigation for alleged involvement in a money-laundering scheme.

Sarah Palin says US should rededicate itself to God
Sarah Palin has said the United States should rededicate itself to seeking God's will.

Comment: Rowan Williams cannot now prevent an Anglican schism
Rowan Williams bought himself time for a while in his attempt to hold the Anglican Communion together in its row over gay bishops. But yesterday it looked like that time is running out.

Comment: Rowan Williams' choice
Rowan Williams has been forced into an impossible corner by his own diplomacy.

Comment: Dreams of Church liberals are almost dead
The Archbishop of Canterbury has rarely been more impressive than in a speech he delivered in Rome just before his meeting with the Pope and just after the Roman Catholic Church had issued its astonishing offer of a home for Anglican Catholics unable to accept women bishops and other innovations.

Comment: Are atheists really fundamentalists?
A debate between Richard Dawkins and Charles Moore intrigues Nigel Farndale.

Comment: Back to basics for the church
With the death of theology, churches in the US have strayed into social activism. They should stick to what they once did best.

Comment: Face to faith
Democratic debate should take in as many faith-based and moral views as possible.

Comment: Doing the extremists’ dirty work
Ignoring Muslim intolerance plays into the racists’ hands.

Ecology & Environment

Gordon Brown says climate change deal must be legally binding in six months
Gordon Brown raises the bar for climate change negotiations , urging world leaders to give their promises at Copenhagen the full weight of international law within six months.

Greenhouse gas cuts just 'token gestures'
The cuts in greenhouse gas emissions being proposed at the Copenhagen climate conference, which opens today, are completely inadequate to stop dangerous climate change, one of Britain’s leading climate scientists warns.

Global warming: Brits deny humans are to blame
Nearly half of Britons believe there is no proof that global warming is caused by humans, a poll revealed yesterday.

Copenhagen climate change summit to produce as much CO2 as an African country
It is being hyped as the summit that will save the planet. But, according to critics, next week's climate change talks in Copenhagen are more likely to cost the earth.

Comment: 'Fourteen days to seal history's judgement on this generation'
This editorial calling for action from world leaders on climate change is published today by 56 newspapers around the world in 20 languages.

Comment: Decision time... face the facts or give up
It's the poorest of our fellow citizens who are most vulnerable to a changing climate.

Community & Family

Unmarried couples need new legal rights, says reform judge
Two million unmarried couples need new legal rights to protect them from injustice if they separate, the new senior judge in charge of law reform has said.

'A charter for philanderers': How Harman describes Tory plans to give married couples tax breaks
Harriet Harman will today attack David Cameron's plan to give tax breaks to married couples as a 'philanderer's charter'.

Education & Culture

Labour minister: Students should be forced to do community service
University students should be forced to complete 100 hours of community service as part of their degrees under plans endorsed by a Labour minister.

Comment: The perils of single-sex education
My daughter would have been better off at a school with some boys.

Life & Death

Assisted suicide: disabled campaigner in 11th hour court challenge
A disabled campaigner will launch an 11th hour challenge to plans to relax the laws on assisted suicide at the Supreme Court today.

Family pleads for return of father sentenced to death for witchcraft
Lebanese pilgrim, arrested and convicted in Saudi Arabia on sorcery charges for his role in a TV show, due to be executed on Thursday.

Peace & War

Government urged to scrap Trident
One of the country's biggest trade unions has urged the Government to scrap Trident, levy a tax on empty properties and target "fat cat" bankers to raise billions of pounds next year.

The world is winning the landmine war
The global fight to clear unexploded bombs and landmines gets little coverage, but the work is changing millions of lives. David Randall reports.

Race & Identity

Violence erupts at Nottingham anti-Islam demo
Eleven men have been arrested during violent skirmishes at a demonstration by the English Defence League.

Liberals plan to overturn Swiss minaret ban
Swiss liberals are considering a new referendum to overturn the ban on new minarets.

Crime & Justice

Army officer faces Mousa death quiz
One of the most senior British Army officers charged over the death of an Iraqi prisoner is due to give evidence to the public inquiry into the incident.

Economy & Politics

Class war escalates as David Cameron sees action in Afghanistan
The class war escalated over the weekend with David Cameron seeing action in Afghanistan.

Globalisation & Development

Nestle's Kit Kat goes Fairtrade
Britain's most popular chocolate bar, the Kit Kat, is going Faitrade, helping 6,000 African farmers receive a better price for their Cocoa.

Sex & Gender

Spain apologises for jailing homosexual in the 1970s
Spain has apologised to a man jailed for being homosexual in the 1970s under a law introduced by General Francisco Franco.

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