The C of E needs much more robust child-protection policies,
argues Anne Lawrence
Peter Graystone: I wish God's blessing on
everyone who has knocked on doors this week, asking people to give.
It is the most worthwhile thing you will do this month.
For tax purposes, are church musicians, bell-ringers, and others
employees, self-employed, or neither? Gavin
Brendan McCarthy explains why the C of E
supports the law against assisting suicide
Leader: In a week when yet another gang
has been convicted of grooming and abusing vulnerable teenagers, it
is appalling that the Church is unable to model best practice in
the supervision of its priests and the care of its young
Angela Tilby: Perhaps we overplay our belief in
ourselves, and do indeed find ourselves more at a loss than others
who are less fortunate when basic survival is at stake.
Simon Parke: In my experience meeting the
author is always a mistake. You may really like the book - indeed,
it may have changed your life - but the story is best left
There is no link between lack of religious belief and social
disorder, says Harriet Baber
Maggie Durran: We have received a
Quinquennial Report on our church, and extensive repair work needs
to be done. I understand that we can apply to the Heritage Lottery
Fund for a grant towards our repair work, but how much preparation
should we do before applying? We do not want to spend too much
money if we then do not get a grant.
Ronald Blythe spends some time messing
about in boats
From the Bishop of Brechin