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UK news in brief

15 February 2013

Stonewall: Parents should protect gay children

PARENTS should "protect" their gay children from "anti-gay sentiment" that they might hear in church, a guide published last week by Stonewall, the gay-rights campaign-group, says. So You Think Your Child Is Gay? suggests: "With a bit of research you should be able to find a place of worship where your family can feel welcome. Until you know for sure, protect them from anti-gay sentiment and try to balance out any opinions they might hear in your place of worship."

Labelled horsemeat is 'fine' - Bishop Baines

THE discovery last week that certain processed-meat products contained horsemeat was "a question of integrity and confidence, not of food safety", the Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, wrote on his blog. "When I find myself in Central Asia, we eat nothing but horse. . . And it is fine, if you like that sort of thing. Surely the real controversy ought to be about misrepresentation and obligation. If a company tells us its lasagne is made of beef, then it should moo rather than neigh." Speaking in the House of Lords on Monday, the Bishop of Ripon & Leeds, the Rt Revd John Packer, asked the Government to provide "reassurance on the action taken by the food industry as regards finding non-halal traces in allegedly halal food".

Leicester Cathedral prepares for Richard III interment

LEICESTER Cathedral announced "the first major step" for the interment of King Richard III, on Tuesday. Last week, it was announced that the skeleton at the site of Greyfriars Church was indeed that of Richard III ( News, 8 February). A statement from the cathedral said: "A date has been set - 12 March - when the architects' brief will be agreed by the Cathedral Chapter, with whom the decision about a final memorial legally lies." It said that Richard III would be "interred inside the cathedral in a place of honour", but that no decision had yet been made "about any proposed tomb". On Thursday of last week, the Chapter of York issued a statement saying that it "commends Richard to Leicester's care".

Priest pleads guilty to voyeurism offences

THE Revd Richard Lee, joint Priest-in-Charge of St Augustine's, Locking, pleaded guilty to eight counts of voyeurism and 18 counts of making indecent images, when he appeared at North Somerset Magistrates' Court, on Monday (News, 25 January). Mr Lee, who was suspended from active ministry after his arrest in July, will be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on 4 March.

Bishop Conway suffers burst appendix

THE Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, has had surgery for a burst appendix, Ely diocese announced on Monday. He will resume his duties when he is fully recovered, the diocese said.

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