03 September 2012
Good Morning from the Church of England Communications
Daily Briefing for Monday 3rd September 2012
Gregory the Great, bishop, teacher of the faith, 604
Tomorrow: Birinus, bishop, 650
1. Church of England Podcast - Sunday Trading
Vicky Beeching, a research fellow in Christian ethics at Durham
University, talks about why she thinks Sunday trading shouldn't be
extended permanently. Listen to her podcast at:
2. Today's press coverage
Mail p29, Guard p11
Reports that four test cases on employment law which touch on
the freedom of Christians to wear crosses at work and support for
same-sex relationships will come before the European Court of Human
Rights over the next two days. The Mail carries comment by Lord
Carey that the Government has "passed up the opportunity to support
the right of Christians to express their faith".
Sun p4, Metro p19, Mail p14, 17 & 30, Times p20
Reports and comment on Archbishop Tutu's call for former PM Tony
Blair and George Bush to face war crimes charges over the invasion
Ind p21, I p17, Sun p19, Times p9, Tel online
Reports that police have obtained a European Arrest Warrant for
a Catholic priest, Laurence Soper who taught at St Benedict's
School, West Ealing, who failed to answer bail after being
accused of historic sex offences.
Tel p17, Times p30, Mirror p12, Metro p34, I p18, Guard
Reports that Pakistani Imam who brought charges against a
Christian girl for burning pages of the Koran, has been
Editorial on above
Tel p21 Cristina Fearon
Ruth Etchells, University and theological college principal
3. Top Weekend Stories
Sun Tel p18
News report "A cross to bear" subtitled "This week four Christians
will argues in court that they face discrimination in Britian
because of their faith"
Various news reports on Desmond Tutu's comments that "Blair
should face trial over Iraq war"
Obsv p1&32/Ind p2
Comment "It's thrilling to see science take centre stage in the
national conversation" includes ref to faith-based free schools
Ind on Sun p65
Interview with Naomi Alderman whose "new novel retells the story of
Christ from a Jewish perspective"
News report "Nicklinsons back call for new 'right to die' test
Sun on Sun p15 (no link)
Sunday sermon from Stacy James London 2012 paralympics chaplain
News report "Human rights law is becoming, totalitarian, bishop
warns" (Bishop Michael Nazir Ali)
News feature "Hit the road, save your church from moth and rust"
with ref to "Ride & Stride annual fundraiser"
Gdn p2 (Review)
Comment feature "The trouble with atheists: a defence of faith" (re
publication of new book)
News report on situation in Syria "Christians and Armenians among
latest to die"
Tel p24 (scroll down link)
Comment: Damian Thompson on "Sex scandal explosed at last" with ref
to Chichester diocese
Simon Rocker on "Israel's Orthodoxy at odds with Reformers"
Credo: John Shepherd on "Why should we reject all hope, purpose and
"The Rev Professor Christopher Evans" by Canon Michael Perry
"Ruth Etchells, Scholar of England and one of the most
influential women in the Church of England" (by Gillian
Newspaper Web links with most or all stories -
Independent titles http://www.independent.co.uk
Sunday Mirror http://www.sundaymirror.co.uk
Sunday Times http://www.sunday-times.co.uk
Telegraph titles http://www.telegraph.co.uk
With some stories
Daily Express http://www.express.co.uk
Baptist Times http://www.baptist.org.uk/btnews.htm
Catholic Herald http://www.catholicherald.co.uk
Church Times http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/front.asp