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UK news in brief

02 November 2012

Bishop Baker appointed Bishop of Fulham

THE Bishop of Ebbsfleet, the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, has been appointed Bishop of Fulham, replacing John Broadhurst, who joined the Ordinariate last year. Besides other responsibilities in the diocese, Bishop Baker will care for the Fulham parishes in London, Southwark, and Rochester, for which he will take responsibility from the Bishop of Edmonton, the Rt Revd Peter Wheatley, on Ash Wednesday, 13 February 2013.

Pensioner blogger's ASBO quashed

A PENSIONER who was banned from contacting a Methodist minister for ten years has had his anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) quashed by the Court of Appeal. Christopher Perry, who lives in Wetwang, East Yorkshire, was given the ASBO by a judge at Hull Magistrates' Court, banning him from approaching the Revd Robert Amos (News, 27 January). Mr Perry's blog published photos of Mr Amos, and made false accusations about him. The Court of Appeal judge said that Mr Perry's right to freedom of expression had not been sufficiently taken into account.

Queen's chaplain appointed Kirk Moderator

THE Revd Lorna Hood, a Chaplain to the Queen, was nominated on Tuesday to be the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Mrs Hood, who is 59, will assume office on 18 May 2013, the opening day of the General Assembly.

Savile coverage brings abuse victims forward

THE diocesan safeguarding adviser for Chichester, Colin Perkins, told Nicky Campbell's show on BBC Radio 5 Live, on Monday, that survivors of sexual abuse by clerics have welcomed the extensive media coverage of the Jimmy Savile scandal. He said: "I speak to a lot of survivors of clergy sexual abuse in this diocese, and not one of them wants this story to go away. . . When [abuse] is talked about in the media, more survivors come forward."

Bishop Stevens speaks out on treatment of homosexuals

THE Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, speaking in the House of Lords on Thursday of last week, said that disagreements about the ethics of homosexual practice in the Anglican Communion "cannot and must not be any basis for equivocating on the central issue of equality before the law of all human beings, whether heterosexual or homosexual".


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