Leader: The sexual abuse of women to
humiliate a community is one of the most despicable acts of war.
Alongside our disturbing report of how widespread this practice is,
it is good to be able to report the many efforts that are being
developed to combat this crime.
Leader: THERE were pickets outside probation
offices and a march on Westminster this week, as solicitors and
probation officers argued against cuts to the legal-aid system and
the privatisation of 70 per cent of the Probation Service.
Leader: The Bishops find themselves with little
room to manoeuvre over same-sex marriage. If meaningful dialogue is
to take place as it ought, a new interim position needs to be
forged that takes a more realistic view of the new terrain.
Leader: In one respect at least, the Pope
and the Archbishop resemble football managers. Their words can be
analysed, but at the end of the day, it is the performance of their
teams that must be judged.
Leader: NORMAN LAMB is Minister of State
for Care and Support in the Department of Health. Included among
his responsibilities are older people, carers, and end-of-life
care. It is extraordinary that someone in such a position should
favour assisted dying - and that someone with such views should
continue to hold such a position.
Leader: The United States and the EU have
responded with threats of sanctions; but these threats may well
prove hollow: it appears that such sanctions will hit the West at
least as hard as they hit Russia.
Leader: By deliberately choosing a wide
range of authors for this last instalment of our health check, we
present readers with a similarly large range of visions.
Leader: THE release of the Bishops' Pastoral
Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage missed St Valentine's Day by one
minute, but it was a near thing, and perhaps not the best end to a
week in which the C of E attempted to demonstrate that, despite
differences, it had a working knowledge of what unity demanded.
Leader: The degradation of the world's
forests and the irresponsible use of fossil fuels are clear causes
of the chaotic weather that, having brought mayhem to the more
vulnerable regions of the world, now brings hardship to the
Leader: AS A rule of thumb, we would like the
Archbishop of Canterbury to be right. This is not the case with his
turn-of-the year sound-bite correlating church growth with good
Leader: IT IS not all about the numbers, of
course. In our new series on the health of the Church of England,
we begin by looking at trends in attendance. Official C of E
figures suggest an overall decline of nine per cent in the past
decade. We are not in the business of public relations: this is a
sign of a body in poor health.