11 September 2012
Good Morning from the Church of England Communications
Issued at 09.20 by hd
1. Bishop of Manchester invites Jesus Christ
Superstar 'back to church'
The Bishop of Manchester has invited the actor who will play
Jesus, in the arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, to a
special welcome at Manchester Cathedral. On 30th September 2012 the
hit show rolls into Manchester - the same day as national Back to
Church Sunday. For further information, see end of briefing or go
2. Church Commissioners appoint new Head of Rural Asset
The Church Commissioners today announce the appointment of Carol
Hawkey as Head of Rural Asset Management in their Property
Investment Department. Carol will be responsible for overseeing
more than 100,000 acres of investment farmland throughout England,
together with the Commissioners' mineral interests around the
country. She will also take the lead in identifying acquisitions
and disposals relating to this portfolio. For further information,
see end of briefing or go to:
3. Today's press coverage
Report that "the stone effigy of a 13th century Bishop of Hereford
is the latest in a series of medieval monuments stolen from
unlocked country churches in recent months" taken by gangs
"stealing to order".
Report that "a Christian councilor has been expelled from the Green
Party after saying that she did not support same-sex marriage".
Terence Blacker giving his opinion on the content of BBC Radio 4's
Thought for the Day.
Guardian p14, Evening Standard p10
More news articles focusing on health minister Anna Soubry's views
on the laws relating to assisted dying.
Independent p45, i p37
Feature focusing on singing friar Alessandro Brustenghi and his
Daily Mail p58, Independent p18
In the Mail, Doreen Clarke of Holbeach says that wearing a lapel
pin cross is safer for nurses; in the Independent, Terry Sanderson,
President of the National Secular Society, says bans on wearing
crosses, etc, at work are "for reasons of health and safety".
The Ven Peter Townley, Archdeacon of Pontefract, writes on what he
perceives to be challenges for the new Archbishop of Canterbury,
while Professor J Neville Fawcett of Northumberlamd questions the
plurals used in the women bishops debate.