Press Roundup Wednesday 9 December 2009

By Press Office
December 9, 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

Vatican ashamed of Dublin sex abuse
The Pope's Ambassador to Ireland today said the Vatican was ashamed by the devastating findings of a damning inquiry into clerical sex abuse in Dublin.

Pope to preach in Westminster Hall
Pope Benedict XVI will preach in Westminster Hall, where Catholic martyrs including Sir Thomas More were condemned to die, when he visits England next September, it has emerged.

Comment: Are we better off without religion?
We should be careful about drawing rash conclusions from the correlation between religiosity and societal breakdown.

Comment: Greening the bible
Efforts are underway to reclaim the Bible for Christians who understand that environmental stewardship is a religious duty.

Comment: Nothing but sex please, we’re vicars...
I’m not a theologian but as far as I can recall, Christ said nothing about sexuality — either his own or anyone else’s.

Ecology & Environment

Copenhagen summit: decade is world's warmest on record
This decade has been the warmest on record and this year is likely to be the fifth warmest, according to the World Meteorological Organisation's (WMO) assessment of global average temperatures.

Copenhagen climate talks in “stitch-up” allegation
Crunch climate talks in Copenhagen were in chaos last night amid claims of a “stitch-up” of poorer countries.

Carry on polluting, climate deal tells China and India
China and India will be given free rein to increase greenhouse gas emissions - despite tough targets imposed on the West.

Peace & War

Doubts over political support for Britain’s mission in Afghanistan
An unspoken political agreement over Afghanistan dictates that while British troops are fighting and dying, all parties must give broad support to their mission.

Carnage in Baghdad as Al Qaeda suicide bombers kill 127
At least 127 people were killed and more than 400 wounded yesterday in a series of co-ordinated car and suicide bombings in Baghdad.

Blair distorted the case for Iraq war, admits Sir John Scarlett
The spymaster behind the dodgy Iraq dossier yesterday made clear that Tony Blair 'sexed up' the strength of the intelligence with an 'overtly political' foreword making the case for war.

Race & Identity

Migrant numbers double in 30 years: One in ten living in the UK is now foreign-born
The number of immigrants living in Britain has almost doubled in less than three decades, official figures show.

Nicolas Sarkozy defends Swiss minaret ban
Nicolas Sarkozy has defended Switzerland's ban on building minarets with a warning that religious groups should refrain from "ostentation and any provocation".

Calais migrants centre to reopen
French officials in Calais have decided to reopen a reception centre for UK-bound migrants - just three months after destroying a makeshift camp near the port to discourage thousands of hopefuls gathering there.

Community & Family

Audit Commission quality of life survey: the best and worst areas in England
The Audit Commission has for the first time ranked every region in England on a "quality of life" index called Oneplace.

Comment: Batty Hatty's wrong again - marriage is a big deal
Harriet Harman has launched a sneaky attack on Tory plans to give tax breaks to married couples.

Economy & Politics

Brown plans referendum on electoral reform ideas
Gordon Brown will attempt to rush through a law calling a referendum on changing the voting system within 18 months of the general election.

Tory moderates attack climate change sceptics
Tory moderates have attacked climate change sceptics as “flat-earthers” and urged David Cameron to show Churchillian leadership on the issue if he becomes prime minister.

Life & Death

Now the Dutch turn against legalised mercy killing
Legalised euthanasia has led to a severe decline in the quality of care for terminally-ill patients in Holland, it has been claimed.

Comment: Shut down Ohio's machinery of death
Ohio has killed Kenneth Biros, a man I have written to for many years. How can a civilised country do this in the name of justice?

Globalisation & Development

Cairo human rights group attacks Arab states
Human rights in the Arab world have deteriorated over the last year as governments flaunt progress on women's issues while evading and actively blocking broader reforms that guarantee dignity for all, says a report.

Sex & Gender

Uganda debates gays' death penalty
A proposed new law would impose the death penalty on some gay Ugandans and their family and friends could face up to seven years in jail if they fail to report them to authorities.

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