Press Roundup Monday 28 June 2010

By Press Office
June 28, 2010

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, Guardian, and the tabloids.

Religion & Society

Pope causes outrage for condemning church abuse raids in Belgium
Groups representing the victims of clerical abuse tonight expressed outrage after the pope criticised raids on the Catholic church by Belgian police.

Row over appointment of female cleric as Commons chaplain
An attempt to block the appointment of a white man to a senior clerical post within the House of Commons has been branded “political correctness” by his congregation.

Ann Widdecombe lined up as ambassador to the Vatican
Ann Widdecombe is in line to be appointed by the Government as the next British ambassador to the Vatican, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.

Comment: Don't ignore our voices, archbishops
With your amendments to legislation on women bishops, you've shown your unwillingness to reflect the diversity of the church.

Comment: Leicester strikes a blow for secularism
Leicester's mayor has picked a fight with the Anglican establishment by refusing to pray and hiring a secularist chaplain.

Comment: Times change at the Vatican
A forgotten encyclical on virginity shows just about everything that the Vatican can get wrong.

Education & Culture

Special schools should be kept, urges disabled MP
Britain's first MP with cerebral palsy has made an impassioned plea to the Government not to close special schools in its overhaul of the education system. Paul Maynard, the Conservative MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, said he hopes to inspire other people with disabilities to pursue a career in politics.

BBC boss Mark Thompson tells head of religion Aaqil Ahmed not to discuss his faith
Mark Thompson, the director-general of the BBC, told Aaqil Ahmed, the head of religious broadcasting, to 'stop talking about this Muslim thing'.

Comment: Richard Dawkins and the atheist school
Dawkins has said he'd like to set up an atheist school. But would it really be able to teach religion as anthropology, without bias?

Community & Family

Barnardo's boss says more children need to be placed in care
One in three children who should be taken into care are being left with inadequate or neglectful parents, only for the state to have to intervene later, costing children's services up to an extra £33,000 per child each year, the chief executive of the children's charity Barnardo's said.

Call over family court services
The body which looks after the interests of children involved in family court proceedings is bogged down in bureaucracy and in need of an urgent review by the Government, the union which represents many of its staff said.

Peace & War

Let's talk to Taliban says Army chief
The time has come to talk to the Taliban, said the British Army chief yesterday.

Iran could have nuclear weapons by 2012, CIA chief warns
Iran has enough low-enriched uranium to produce two nuclear weapons, which it could have prepared and ready for delivery as early as 2012, Leon Panetta, the CIA director, said on Sunday.

Iranian ships could join wave of flotillas to Gaza, says Hamas chief
A top Hamas leader has warned Israel to expect more Gaza-bound pro-Palestinian flotillas over the next two months, including vessels "from the Gulf".

Race & Identity

May set to announce immigration cap
Home Secretary Theresa May is due to formally announce the UK's first immigration cap.

Comment: Why are we promoting Islamicism?
We are told to be more vocally pro-British. That would be easier if our political masters were not guilty of duplicitous transactions that undercut the Britishness we admire.

Ecology & Environment

Commennt: Slow down! Get real about climate change
Setting impossible targets, such as the EU is suggesting, will mean losing public support.

Economy & Politics

Lords face cut in allowances under new regime
Peers face a 15 per cent cut in their allowances under a new House of Lords expenses regime set to be announced today.

Globalisation & Development

Aid agencies enraged as G8 shelves poverty promises
The G8’s first “accountability summit” has closed with a joint statement that makes no mention of the organisation’s landmark undertaking to boost aid to the world’s poorest countries by $50 billion.

Sex & Gender

Iceland PM weds as gay marriage legalised
Johanna Sigurdardottir, Iceland prime minister, married her long-time partner on Sunday as a new law legalising homosexual marriages came into force.

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