Archbishop assumes oversight of Channel
OVERSIGHT of the Channel Islands was delegated to the Archbishop
of Canterbury on Tuesday. The agreement putting into effect the new
arrangements, which were announced in January, was signed by
Archbishop Welby, the Bishop of Winchester, the Bishop of Dover,
and each of the Deans of Jersey and Guernsey. Two investigations
into safeguarding on Jersey have been carried out, the Gladwin and
the Steel reports, but neither has yet been published (News, 24 January).
Survey finds the clergy the happiest at
A SURVEY carried out by the Cabinet Office has suggested that
priests are the happiest workers. Out of 274 categories of
employment, clerics were found to have the most satisfying lives,
while publicans and builders were unhappiest. The Cabinet Office
hopes to use the research to create an online tool that compares
the earning potential and life-satisfaction of various jobs.
Council to consider Wells Palace objection
THE Board of the Church Commissioners agreed last Friday to
forward to the Archbishops' Council the formal objection from the
Bishop's Council of the diocese of Bath & Wells to the proposal
to move the residence of the diocesan bishop from the Palace in
Ban payday loan adverts, urges charity
THE Children's Society has called on OFCOM to ban advertising by
pay-day loan companies on children's TV. The Government rejected a
similar call from MPs on the Business Select Committee on Monday,
but a petition from the Children's Society has already gathered
more than 9000 signatures. The Society has warned that the
prevalence of such adverts could make short-term, high-interest
loans seem attractive to children.
A FORMER priest, Keith Wilkie Denford, who was jailed for 18
months for abusing teenage boys, has been banned from ministerial
practice for life, under the Clergy Discipline Measure. Last year,
Denford was found guilty on three charges of indecently assaulting
two boys (News, 12 April).