Press Roundup Friday 17 July 2009

By Press Office
July 17, 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 breaks wrist after falling
Pope Benedict XVI has fractured his right wrist after falling while on holiday in northern Italy, the Vatican and hospital officials say.

Gay marriage approval sounds death knell for Anglican unity
Bishops in the US dealt a death blow to hopes for unity in the worldwide Anglican Church when they approved in principle services for same-sex partnerships. The decision will finally split the Communion between Bible-based conservative evangelicals and liberal modernisers.

The Vatican wakes up to the wisdom of Oscar Wilde
The Catholic Church has found an unlikely pin-up in the homosexual writer.

Archbishop of Canterbury seeks advice on swine flu
Not known for his assertiveness, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams is, however, planning decisive action to tackle the threat of swine flu among his flock.

Pagan police allowed to take Hallowe'en and summer solstice off work
Pagan police officers in Britain have been given the right to take eight days off work a year to celebrate "religious holidays" including Hallowe'en and the summer solstice.

Comment: The Anglican church's crumbling foundations
The Episcopal church's decision on gay clergy may well signal the end of the Anglican communion as we know it.

Comment: Terence Blacker: 'Thought For The Day' has had its day
The soundtrack to our lives contains certain noises which exist primarily to reassure the more vulnerable citizens of middle Britain that old values and traditions live on.

Letter: Church hypocrisy
Blatant hypocrisy is the cause of schism.

Peace & War

Doubts raised over nuclear deterrent in Britain
The future of Britain’s nuclear deterrent was in doubt yesterday after officials said that decisions over its replacement would be delayed until after the general election.

Gordon Brown says extra troops will need to stay in Afghanistan
Britain is to retain an extra 700 troops in Afghanistan after the presidential election in the autumn, to oversee the faster training of an expanded Afghan army and police, Downing Street indicated today.

Israeli warships rehearse for Iran attack in Red Sea
Israeli warships have deployed to the Red Sea for what has been described as a rehearsal for a possible attack on Iran.

Crime & Justice

Legal aid cuts: How you could be acquitted and still face huge bill for costs
Plans to reform the legal aid system and cut almost £200 million from its budget have brought warnings of a two-tier justice system: one for the rich and another for the poor.

People & Power

Something profound has changed. Iranians are losing their fear and mock the official line
An air of normality has returned to Iran but it is misleading, writes Dadbeh Gudarzi in Tehran.

Riot over Hasidic arrest
Ultra-Orthodox Jews clashed with police who tried using horses and water cannon to control the crowd in Jerusalem yesterday during a third day of rioting over the arrest of a mentally ill Hasidic woman who authorities say was starving her child.

Economy & Politics

MPs to begin an 82-day break, after shortest session in decades
MPs depart from Westminster for 82 days on Tuesday, one of their longest breaks in years. They will not be back until October, when they will sit for only few weeks before going on a break again.

Immigration? No need to cap it, says Brown
Gordon Brown sparked fresh fury over mass immigration yesterday by explicitly ruling out a limit on Britain’s spiralling population growth.

Comment: Andreas Whittam Smith: Seven ways we could reform our broken political system
Mr Brown thinks up a vote-winning headline he'd like to see, then conjures up a policy.

Ecology & Environment

Eco towns get green light despite local opposition
Ministers gave approval yesterday for the building of four “pioneer” eco-towns and insisted that at least 10,000 homes would be in place by 2016 in the face of local opposition.

Community & Family

Comment: IVF orphans who will always ask their mother: how could you?
IVF may give ageing mothers everything they want - but what about the children, asks Genevieve Fox.

Education & Culture

Sex education opt-out 'should be axed'
Parents should be banned from withdrawing their children from sex education, according to charities.

Race & Identity

Barack Obama tells black America: no excuses for failure
In his first speech on race since his election, President Barack Obama told black America there were “no excuses” for failure.

Life & Death

Comment: The notion of a right to a 'good death' undermines society
If my life has no objective value, then why should anyone else care for it, asks Vincent Nichols.

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