Media Centre

Daily Media Briefing: Monday October 15

Good Morning from the Church of England Communications Office

Teresa of Avila, teacher of the faith, 1582
Tomorrow: Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer, bishops, martyrs, 1555

1.  News from CofE
Statement from Secretary General on new Director of Forward in Faith
The Secretary General of the Church of England, Mr. William Fittall, has  issued a statement in response to the announcement that Dr. Colin Podmore has been appointed as the new Director of Forward in Faith.
http://www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2012/10/statement-from-secretary-general-on-new-director-of-forward-in-faith.aspx

Statement from The Church Commissioners concerning Sir Stuart Bell MP who died on Saturday
http://www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2012/10/statement-from-the-church-commissioners-concerning-sir-stuart-bell-mp.aspx


2.  Today's press coverage
Tel p21
Report that Archbishop Sentamu has visited the South African mining belt

Guard p 4,  Times p 18, Tel p 17, Ip3 & 21,  Mail p11,  Exp p4,  Sun p19,  Mirror p11,  Metro p31,  Star p8,  City AM p4, BBC online
Reports that four female protestors from "Occupy" chained themselves to the pulpit in St Pauls Cathedral, London during Evensong.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19943083
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9607919/Occupy-London-protesters-free-themselves-from-St-Pauls-Cathedral-pulpit.html
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/occupy-protesters-chain-themselves-to-pulpit-1379642
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/oct/14/occupy-protest-st-pauls-pulpit-cathedral
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2217638/Occupy-protesters-chain-pulpit-bursting-St-Pauls-Cathedral.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/915019-occupy-protesters-chain-themselves-to-st-pauls-pulpit
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article3568030.ece

Guard p24 & 26
Comment (Giles Fraser) and Editorial on above.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/14/st-pauls-cathedral-protests-post-occupied
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/oct/14/occupy-right-church-go-home?newsfeed=true

Tel p16, Times p19
Reports on research on the popularity of England's cathedrals.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article3568208.ece
Telegraph - no link

Mail p24,  Exp p30, BBC on line
Reports of the Revd Paul Peverell, of Christ Church, Gt Ayton, N Yorkshire, giving ten pounds to members of this Harvest Festival congregation
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2217642/Thats-way-pews-Vicar-gives-10-parishioner-attends-Harvest-Festival-service.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-19940962

Ind p18,
Comment item written by artist Tracy Emin on Gay marriage: "The Church should not be happy to exclude".
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/tracey-emin-joins-our-campaign-for-samesex-marriage-by-calling-on-the-church-to-open-up-8210921.html

Tel p14, Metro p21
Reports that Britain's biggest abortion provider has launched a "pro-choice campaign in response to ministerial comments over cuts in the time limit for termination".
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/9607783/Charity-accused-of-exploiting-controversy-over-abortion.html

Tel p25 & 28
Comment by Dr Max Pemberton and Editorial on above
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/9608506/Taking-the-politics-out-of-the-abortion-debate.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-politics/9605797/Abortion-the-crucial-cut-off-point-for-life.html

Guard p 1
Reports that the front pages of Britain's newspapers deploy "sexist stereotypes, humiliating photographs of women, and male bylines".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/oct/14/sexist-stereotypes-front-pages-newspapers

Letters
Times p25
"Lambeth Agenda" from The Rt Revd John Bickersteth
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/letters/article3567976.ece

Times p25
"Faith and Tradition" from Peter Nancarrow
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/letters/article3567974.ece

Times p24
"Ethical issues and basis of beliefs" from Aidan Reynolds
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/letters/article3567948.ece

Obits
Guard p31, Times p43
Sir Stuart Bell
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/obituaries/article3567943.ece
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/oct/14/stuart-bell


3. Top Weekend Stories
Sunday

Telegraph online
Comment "If not a woman Archbishop, at least an Archbishop for women, please"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/9598573/If-not-a-woman-Archbishop-at-least-an-Archbishop-for-women-please.html

Independent on Sunday p40
Paul Vallely on "The ultimate heroism is forgiving the enemy"
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-ultimate-heroism-is-forgiving-the-enemy-8210307.html?origin=internalSearch

Mail on Sunday P48
News report "Schools urged to ditch Dickens and Austen for a good Trollope"
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2217464/Anthony-Trollope-Schools-urged-novels-chosen-English-set-texts.html

Sunday Telegraph p24
News feature "Winstons bitter war with the BBC" with ref to coronation and Archbishop of Canterbury
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/9606384/Nick-Robinson-Winston-Churchills-bitter-battle-with-the-BBC.html

Sunday Times p10
Chris Woodhead column "Gove is duty bound to axe GCSEs as soon as he can" with ref to faith schools

Observer p29
News report "Why a Bible belt conservative spent a year pretending that he was gay"
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/13/bible-belt-conservative-year-gay?INTCMP=SRCH

Sunday Times p7
News feature on the afterlife "A top neuroscientist insists his near-death experience is proof of the afterlife."

Letters
Sunday Telegraph p27 (scroll down link)
"A balanced choice" from Rev Dr Marcus BrayBrooke re next Archbishop of Canterbury
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/9605463/Cameron-still-refuses-to-debate-our-relationship-with-Europe.html
Sunday Telegraph p27
"The Church could solve this sticky situation itself" from various with ref to jam jars
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/9605447/The-church-could-solve-this-sticky-situation.html

Saturday
Daily Star p13
News report "God? A greater chance of aliens" with ref to a recent survey that shows more people believe in aliens than God
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/posts/view/276772/God-A-greater-chance-of-aliens/

Financial Times p30
Feature on "England's cathedrals"
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/8811f1a2-126d-11e2-868d-00144feabdc0.html#axzz29H6x2WI0

Independent p42
"Invoke the Nazis and you've lost the argument" with ref to Lord Carey's comments
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/invoke-the-nazis-and-youve-lost-the-argument-8209712.html?origin=internalSearch

Guardian p21
News report "Vicar's blood found on killer's clothes, jury told
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/oct/12/blood-stabbed-clergyman?INTCMP=SRCH

Times p27
Matthew Parris on "Religion does not belong in the small print"

Times p40
Interview with author Philip Pullman 'We suspect too many people. It leads to a society of suspicion and hatred'
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/books/article3567309.ece

Times p102
'Such boldness is a reminder of what the Church is capable of' with ref to Vatican II http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article3566854.ece

Times p101
Jonathan Sacks on "The source of true grit is faith in God's abiding faith in us"
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article3566868.ece

Guardian p45
Loose canon: Giles Fraser on Octavia Hill with ref to Church Commissioners
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/oct/12/victorian-social-reformers-beauty-goodness?INTCMP=SRCH

Independent p23
News report "Occupy's legacy may be a new generation of social activists"
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/occupys-legacy-the-tents-are-gone-but-a-new-spirit-of-protest-lives-on-8209812.html?origin=internalSearch

Times p101
News report "Pussy Riot debacle unmasks ties between Church and State
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article3566864.ece

Financial Times p20
News comment "Pussy Riot, punk and holy fools"
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/ef9b6884-06f7-11e2-92b5-00144feabdc0.html#axzz29H6x2WI0

Guardian p4
News report "Ethical investment"
http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2012/oct/12/wind-solar-ethical-investments-avoid?INTCMP=SRCH

Times p20
News report "The British pals who died waging holy war in Syria"
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article3567366.ece

Times p105
Architecture: "Ayrshire boasts a formidable array of talent and fantasy" with ref to Scottish churches
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/courtsocial/article3566833.ece

Letters
Times p31
"A quiet moment" from Tony Castle, Essex with ref to reflections during school day and Archbishop of Canterbury's comments on contemplation
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/letters/article3566893.ece
Ends


Newspaper Web links with most or all stories -


Daily Mail  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
Daily Mirror  http://www.mirror.co.uk
FT   http://www.ft.com
Guardian  http://guardian.co.uk
Independent titles http://www.independent.co.uk
Observer  http://www.observer.co.uk
People   http://www.people.co.uk
Sun   http://www.the-sun.co.uk
Sunday Mirror http://www.sundaymirror.co.uk
Sunday Times http://www.sunday-times.co.uk
Telegraph titles http://www.telegraph.co.uk
Times   http://www.thetimes.co.uk

With some stories
Daily Express http://www.express.co.uk
Daily Star  http://www.dailystar.co.uk
Ev Standard  http://www.standard.co.uk

Church press
Baptist Times http://www.baptist.org.uk/btnews.htm
Catholic Herald http://www.catholicherald.co.uk
CEN   http://www.churchnewspaper.com
Church Times http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/front.asp
Methodist Recorder http://www.methodistrecorder.co.uk/index.htm
Tablet   http://www.thetablet.co.uk

Other links
Ananova  http://www.ananova.com
BBC   http://bbc.co.uk
Channel 4  http://www.channel4.com
Private Eye  http://www.private-eye.co.uk
Reuters  http://www.reuters.co.uk