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Violence in St Louis

Leader: The presence of pastors and congregation members among the protesters in Feguson is welcomed, but TV images of heavily armed troops battling with looters will send the wrong message

Atrocities in Iraq

Leader: The conduct of Islamic State militants makes the moral choices in Iraq very simple - simpler than they have been in the past. 

These rare pauses

Leader: THE sustained national pause for thought on Monday night, centred on Westminster Abbey, with the dimming of lights around the country and more informal gatherings for prayer and reflection, often at war memorials, was most welcome, even if it was far from universally observed.

1914, with hindsight

IT IS no coincidence that among a people who are often said to have lost their sense and knowledge of history, anniversaries of the great events of the past have a higher profile than they had: educational opportunities are seized as they arise. Once funding is available, special...

Too many victims in Ukraine and Gaza

OUR first articles commemorating the outbreak of the First World War are a sober reminder of the consequences of escalation

The morning after

Leader: The General Synod could not be proud of itself, exactly, simply for catching up with just about every other institution in the Western world. The distance that the Church still has to travel until women are unremarkable in positions of authority is great. 

The vote on Monday

Leader:  THE bruising of November 2012 will be in the minds of General Synod members as they gather in York today. No one could wish on the C of E a repeat of the opprobrium it received after the defeat of the first women-bishops legislation.

Savile, Harris, and the loss of innocence

Leader: The dilemma of how to protect children continues to exercise parents. The standard approach is to deny children the sorts of freedoms that parents enjoyed, while not ensuring that they are much safer.

Misuse of the courts

Leader: As a consequence of Meriam Ibrahim's treatment, both the law and those responsible for its application are brought into disrepute.

The rise of ISIS

Leader: The ISIS forces currently sweeping through Iraq pose a potentially greater threat than did the al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan.

Kicking off

Leader: The English Premiership, the richest league in the world, has much to answer for. For all the innovations of the past 20 years, the dirty, brutal tactics of the past remain, and, thanks to the television franchise, are exported around the world

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An angry voice and a tear

An angry voice and a tear

Sinéad O'Connor headlines at the Greenbelt Festival this Sunday, despite her very public history of animosity against the Roman Catholic Church. Is she a troublemaker, a publicity-seeker, or a prophet? Cole Moreton makes an evaluation  Read More

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Should the police and the BBC have broadcast the investigation into Sir Cliff Richard?

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Did King Charles I have Asperger’s syndrome?

New research suggests that the King's medical condition may have affected his decision-making, but it did not prevent his saving the Church of England, argues Robert Beaken  Subscribe to read more

Fri 22 Aug 14 @ 14:02
Should the police and the BBC have broadcast the investigation into Sir Cliff Richard? http://t.co/X8aMw6nwIe

Fri 22 Aug 14 @ 13:50
RT @ChrisJIPalmerSo, Sinead O'Connor's headlining @greenbelt . Good evaluation in @churchtimes http://t.co/Yewu9lZoYq