Press: THERE have been further developments in
the case of Archbishop John Myers, whom the New York Times
described last week as the "one-stop shop" for people who dislike
the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
Press: BEFORE we dive into the serious stuff, a
marvellous quote from Jeremy Paxman, who was reviewing a book on
journalism in The Guardian: "News is just some things that have
happened, as chosen by some not-very-interesting people running
newspapers and television.
Andrew Brown suggests that the next time
Archbishop Welby visits Sudan, if he wants his visit to make news,
"he should make sure to take a selfie with corpses, and tell us
which model of phone he used to do it"
Press: In the run-up to this week's
General Synod, the only person in the press to find an angle on its
proceedings was Ruth Gledhill at The Times, whose
angle was either extremely acute or extremely obtuse.
Press: THE SUN shone on English Christianity
last week, and what it showed was not quite the way the Church sees
Press: When something like this happens, there
will be people who blame it on Satanists. There will be others who
blame it on the Jews, the Freemasons, or even Microsoft. All will
have equally convincing evidence for their theories.
Press: THE schism is coming to England.
Will anyone care? Lord Carey's latest intervention, in the form of
a sermon picked up by the Daily Mail, looks to me
like a clear declaration of intent. "Church risks break up, says
Carey", ran the headline.
Press: "THE killing underscored the increased
debate about when to use smartphones in
public," The New York Times wrote
on Tuesday, although this wasn't actually the conclusion that many
people will have drawn from the death of Chad Oulson in a suburban
Press: Petre can get away with this sort
of guff only because most news editors have no more knowledge of
current Anglican services - or of the Bible - than they can
remember from their own baptisms.
Press: "THERE is a religious angle to the
holiday," as a news editor once explained to me when demanding that
I produce something to put in the emptying pages at Christmas
CHRISTMAS came early for the Daily Star. Its
front-page splash last Friday concerned the primary-school assembly
at which Canon Simon Tatton-Brown suggested that Santa Claus did
not, in fact, exist, and told the children stories of St Nicholas