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Digest: Archbishop of Canterbury on unfair price comparison websites

Today's Media

Times
Reports that Archbishop of Canterbury has called for price comparison websites to be named and shamed for not offering customers the best deals. Speaking to the Campaign for Fair Finance, he has called for the sites to be genuinely fair and said that efforts to improve bad industry practices were suffering from a certain amount of 'pushback'.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4582934.ece

BBC
Reports that some of the country's leading former judges and lawyers have criticised the government's response to the migrant crisis. In an open letter, more than 300 lawyers, QCs and retired judges say that the offer of places to 20,000 refugees over five years is not enough. In reply the government says the UK has been in the forefront of the international response.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34502419

BBC/Mirror
Reports that the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey has criticised the government's plans to cut tax credits saying that hard working families will be hit. In a statement to the Mirror and Sun newspapers he urged ministers to rethink the decision. Another former Archbishop, Rowan Williams, has also signalled his opposition to the cuts.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34501521
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ex-archbishop-lord-carey-tells-6614532

Times
Continuing reports that thieves are using drones to target church roofs to steal lead. Police, church leaders and insurance and security experts are meeting this month to discuss the problem.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4582954.ece

Times
Continuing reports that the Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek, has been sent 'hate mail' and rotten food over plans by the diocese to sell 35 acres of land in the Cotswolds. Bishop Rachel attended a public meeting about plans on Tuesday. Campaigners fear that as many as 450 new homes will be built on the site in the village of Willersey. Bishop Rachel has said that no deal has been signed yet and that she did not want to 'over-house' the village.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4582849.ece

Guard
Feature on Melanie Michael the Jewish head of the St Luke's CofE primary school in Bury, which caters for a majority of Muslim pupils.Includes quote from Rev Nigel Genders, CofE Chief Education officer.
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/oct/11/primary-school-headteacher-faith-gaps-melanie-michael

BBC
The life of Edith Cavell will be commemorated at a service at Norwich Cathedral today led by the Bishop of Norwich. The nurse who helped both sides in the First World War was executed by firing squad 100 years ago today for helping more than 200 Allied soldiers escape occupied Belgium. She was 49.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-34401643

Comment
Mirror

All credit to Lord Carey as he tries to halt cruel Tory tax credit cuts that hit the poorest
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/credit-lord-carey-tries-halt-6616913

Tel
Halloween vs harvest: Let's celebrate life, not death.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/goodlife/11919844/Halloween-vs-harvest-Let-us-celebrate-life-not-death.html


Blogs


CofE Comms: A woman motivated by love, Bishop of Crediton and former Chief Nursing Officer, Sarah Mullally writes about Edith Cavell
http://cofecomms.tumblr.com/post/130815712252/a-woman-motivated-by-love-marking-the-100th

Archbishop Cranmer: A Christian approach to immigration cannot simply be opening the doors to everyone

http://archbishopcranmer.com/a-christian-approach-to-immigration-cannot-be-simply-opening-the-doors-to-everyone/


Law and Religion UK: Weekly round-up

http://www.lawandreligionuk.com/2015/10/11/law-and-religion-round-up-11th-october/

 

Sunday Media Coverage

Obs
Report on how nine Suffolk churches have been targeted by thieves for their lead roofs over a period of six weeks - part of a rise in lead thefts in East Anglia which police believe is the work of an organised gang. Sir Tony Baldry, chair of the Church Buildings Council, is quoted.
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/10/suffolk-churches-targeted-by-lead-thieves

BBC
Report on a graveside ceremony led by the Bishop of Norwich, Graham James, to mark the centenary tomorrow of the death of Edith Cavell, the World War I nurse who supported those fighting on both sides but was executed by a Germans firing squad on October 12, 1915.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-34497030
(blog and audio from Bishop of Crediton and former Chief Nursing Officer, Sarah Mullally and liturgical resources, above)

Mirror/BBC/Times/Guard (Sat)
Continuing reports and coverage following the jailing for 32 months of Peter Ball, the former bishop of Gloucester and Lewes, after he pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent assault and one charge of misconduct in public office. Times focuses on comments by the partner of one of Ball's victims (who committed suicide), calling on Justice Goddard to look at the case of Peter Ball as part of the national enquiry. 
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/victim-pervert-former-bishop-reveals-6611988
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p034w3yk
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4581283.ece
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/09/bishop-peter-ball-case-goddard-child-sex-abuse-inquiry

BBC/Tel/Daily Star Sunday
Reports on figures obtained by the BBC which suggest that child abuse linked to exorcism and witchcraft accusations is on the rise
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34475424
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11924310/Rise-in-cases-involving-witchcraft.html
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/469445/Child-abuse-witchcraft-exorcism-possession

Ind/Mail
Report on how Syrian Christians and other communities in Syria which have fled Isis are too frightened to return to their homes even when Isis is defeated and forced to retreat.  A separate report in the Mail says Pope Francis has denounced the escalation of violence in the Middle East.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/war-with-isis-why-syria-s-christians-can-never-go-home-a6689081.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3266825/Pope-turns-bishops-attention-family-crises-Mideast.html

Guard
Further report that the Bishop of Gloucester Rachel Treweek has been sent 'not particularly pleasant' emails and rotten food over plans by the diocese to sell 35 acres of land in the Cotswolds.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/10/rotten-food-sent-to-bishop-of-gloucester-over-housing-plan

Sunday Express
Report that the sisters from the Community of St John the Divine,  the Anglican religious order which inspired the books and TV series Call the Midwife are selling their convent in Birmingham
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/611254/sisters-inspired-Call-the-Midwife-forced-estate-agent

Sunday Times
Diary entry which notes that the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, wrote after the death of Denis Healey that he was the 'last of a generation of politicians who had a hinterland'
http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/comment/columns/atticus/
article1617851.ece


Express
Report claiming that remarks about heaven by Brian Draper, from the London Centre for Contemporary Christianity, during BBC Radio 4 Thought for the Day have sparked controversy on social media. 
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/611252/Heaven-is-pie-in-the-sky-Radio-4-Christian-shocks-worshippers-with-afterlife-comment



Blogs

CofE Comms: A woman motivated by love, Bishop of Crediton and former Chief Nursing Officer, Sarah Mullally writes about Edith Cavell
http://cofecomms.tumblr.com/post/130815712252/a-woman-motivated-by-love-marking-the-100th

 

Saturday Media Coverage

Today's Media

BBC/Mail/Times/Exp/Guard/Tel/Ind
Papers just released suggest that due to a lack of space, initial plans by the CofE for the Falklands Memorial Service would have excluded the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.  The papers, from the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust at the Churchill Archive Centre in Cambridge, show that the decision was subsequently reversed and the Prime Minister was amongst those who attended the unveiling by Her Majesty the Queen at the 1985 ceremony.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34487389
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3267226/See-immediately-Heseltine-Maggie-s-blast-Falklands-minister-tried-stop-going-memorial-service.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/article4581770.ece
http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/611113/Margaret-Thatcher-Falklands-memorial-service-exclude-ban
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/oct/10/margaret-thatcher-anger-falklands-memorial-michael-heseltine
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/margaret-thatcher/11923302/How-Lady-Thatcher-fought-the-church-for-her-place-at-Falklands-memorial-service.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/margaret-thatcher-told-by-press-secretary-bernard-ingham-that-public-thought-she-had-dictatorial-a6688636.html

Mail/Western Daily Press
Reports that the Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek, has been sent 'hate mail' over plans by the diocese to sell 35 acres of land in the Cotswolds. Bishop Rachel attended a public meeting about plans on Tuesday. Campaigners fear that as many as 450 new homes will be built on the site in the village of Willersey. Bishop Rachel has said that no deal has been signed yet and that she did not want to 'over-house' the village.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3266654/Britain-s-senior-female-bishop-sent-ROTTEN-MEAT-hate-mail-plans-build-hundreds-homes-church-land-unspoilt-Cotswold-village.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/undefined-headline/story-27948572-detail/story.html

Ind
Feature on WW1 British nurse Edith Cavell, a committed Anglican, who helped the wounded on both sides of the conflict and was executed for treason by German soliders 100 years ago. Her anniversary this Monday (Oct 12 - see commemorative resources above) will be marked at ceremonies across the UK.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/edith-cavell-100th-anniversary-to-mark-death-of-belgian-world-war-i-nurse-revered-in-britain-a6688616.html

Times
Reports the development of an 'arts church' in Birmingham. The Revd Tim Hughes, an author of praise songs and former director of worship at Holy Trinity Brompton, is overseeing the conversion a derelict gasworks in the city centre. The project, part of a £2 million mission to the city, will not be completed until January and so the first meeting of the church will take place tomorrow in the Jongleurs comedy club.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article4581686.ece

Ind
Reports that thieves are using sophisticated methods, including drones, to survey church targets before stripping tonnes of lead. 200 churches including 12 in Suffolk have been attacked in a two-month summer period. Report says police, church leaders, insurance and security experts will meet later this month at Althorp House in Northamptonshire to discuss the problem.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/sophisticated-gangs-using-drones-to-target-church-roofs-for-their-lead-a6688611.html

Comment
Times
Credo: Why sacramental marriage is an exceptional gift.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article4581679.ece

Blogs

CofE Comms: 'Indifference is not an option' - sustainable development and the Christian response to climate change
http://cofecomms.tumblr.com/post/130746696877/indifference-is-not-an-option-sustainable

Archbishop Cranmer: No more excuses: Bishop Peter Ball's abuse demands more than regret
http://archbishopcranmer.com/no-more-excuses-bishop-peter-balls-abuse-demands-more-than-regret/

Psephizo:
The Book of Revelation in British Scholarship
http://www.psephizo.com/biblical-studies/the-book-of-revelation-in-british-scholarship/

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