02 November 2012
Good Morning from the Church of England Communications
Issued at 09.28 by hd
Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls' Day)
Tomorrow: Richard Hooker, priest, teacher of the faith, 1600
Martin of Porres, 1639
1. The voices of the poor and most marginalised
must be heard
The High Level Panel advising the UN on the new post-2015
development framework, meeting in London this week (1 November) and
co-chaired by David Cameron, must ensure the voices and expertise
of those directly affected by poverty and injustice are heard and
valued, says the Church of England's International Affairs
Adviser. For further information, go to:
2. A message from the Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher
Lowson: The Guardian and the retirement of the Bishop of
You may have read an article in yesterday's Guardian,
written by Andrew Brown. The main concern of the article is to
illustrate the challenges faced by whoever is chosen to be the next
Archbishop of Canterbury, and focuses particularly on issues facing
rural Dioceses. In researching this article, Andrew Brown spoke to
clergy in the Dioceses of Chelmsford and Lincoln, including our own
David Rowett and me. I want to issue one particular corrective in
relation to this article. A connection was made between the
publication of the Central Services Review report, and the decision
of the Bishop of Grimsby to retire in the new year. I want to
stress that there is no connection between the two. Bishop David
and I began a conversation about his future some time before the
publication of the report, and he had decided then that after 12
years in the Diocese, he would like to retire soon. Once again, I
would like to stress how pleased I am that Bishop David will be
staying in the Diocese as an Assistant Bishop, and that his
considerable gifts will be fully used to support the pastoral life
of the Diocese in the future.
Christopher Lincoln, Bishop of Lincoln
3. Church of England Podcast - Synod
Secretary General William Fittall takes a look at the agenda for
the November 2012 Group of sessions of the Church of England's
General Synod. To listen to the podcast go to:
4. Today's press coverage
Telegraph p4, Express p45, Mail p6, Times
Several reports looking at ONS figures and stating that "the number
of children being brought up by unmarried couples in Britain has
doubled since the mid-1990s".
Daily Mail p33, Telegraph website
Report that "a married vicar [in Somerset] has been suspended from
his job after he was arrested on suspicion of voyeurism".
Independent p27, i p17
Items reporting that Cardinal Keith O'Brien, "Britain's most senior
Catholic", "was named Stonewall's Bigot of the Year last
Short item looking at a new stained glass window in the chapel of
the Savoy that has been unveiled by The Queen; it contains symbols
of the Church of England.
Daily Mail p19
Report that "a review of the way hospitals put patients on the
'death pathway' was announced yesterday".
The Revd Dr Terry Tastard on the persecution of Christians.
Tim Hind (Vice Chair of the General Synod's House of Laity), and
the Revd Canon Dr Gavin Ashenden (University Chaplain, University
of Sussex), on the "modern Church".
The Very Revd Professor Robert Davidson, "theologian, university
don, authority on the Old Testament and prolific author".