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Daily Digest: Faith leaders statement on Assisted Dying Bill

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Reports on assisted dying bill. Telegraph states the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, Cardinal Vincent­ Nichols, the leader of Catholics in England and Wales, and the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, are among 23 religious leaders to have signed a joint letter, condemning Lord Falconer's assisted­ dying Bill as a "grave error". Times says research shows church leaders are out of touch with their congregations on the issue, as about 70 per cent of believers want to see a change in the law. Linda Woodhead, Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University, conducted the study among 4,500 people of faith and said the most common reason cited for backing a change in the law was a belief that it was up to the individual how they died. Guardian says CofE is split on the issue.

Report that the Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, has called for safeguarding protection for children to include anyone under 18 rather than just those aged under 16. He said: "From a safeguarding point of view, children should be viewed as being under 18 - 16 and 17-year-olds can be very vulnerable." It states Baroness Butler-Sloss called for the Government to take further steps to clamp down on child cruelty, saying the planned changes to the law "do not go far enough".

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Further articles on women bishops states the Archbishops of Canterbury and York signalled they are glad the previous attempts to ordain women bishops collapsed because the new arrangements are more likely to hold the Church together. Dr John Sentamu, disclosed that he was "not disappointed" when previous legislation failed to pass the General Synod less than two years ago, despite the fact that it threw the church into its biggest crisis of recent times, while Justin Welby, said the new deal which relies on trust rather than detailed rules was "much more Christ-like" than what was on the table before. Telegraph says the Church of England has found unity on its own terms and it was important for Anglicans to show unity at a time when other challenges, most notably gay marriage, loom ahead of them. Guardian calls vote a birthday present for Emmeline Pankhurst.

Report on how new regulation means lenders may lose a big slice of income or go to the wall, but charities say plans do not offer enough protection. It states Payday lenders stand to lose more than two-fifths of their revenues, with smaller firms forced out of business under a further clampdown proposed by the financial watchdog. People taking out payday loans will never have to repay more than twice the sum they borrowed under the Financial Conduct Authority plans, which it estimates would cost the £1bn payday loan industry £420m in lost revenues. Mentions the CofE opposing payday firms.

Report on how the London Oratory School, in west London, has been ordered to rewrite its admissions criteria because of concerns it discriminated against working-class children, ethnic minorities and those from non-religious backgrounds. It states faith schools could be forced to water down their admissions policies after one of the country's leading Catholic comprehensives was told its strict entry rules amounted to "social selection". The school pledged to fight the ruling through the courts, applying for a judicial review. Reports also in other papers.

Report that St Mary's Church of England School in Moss Side, Manchester has won a national teaching award (see CofE press release), placing it in the country's top 2 % for the number of pupils improving at reading and 7% at maths. It states eight out of 10 youngsters at the school do not speak English as their first language and around 80% of students come from low-income families.

Article on home burials states burying a family member in the garden can be a much more personal experience than the traditional funeral. It mentions the home burial of Kirsty Allsopp's mother, supported by the Natural Death Centre charity. It states the public are now increasingly aware that they have choices, power and knowledge to retake control of how bodies are treated and cared for after death.


Letters on gender issues in the Church of England.

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