Criminal record for Richard III fan who abused Dean
A MAN who told the former Dean of Leicester, the Very Revd
Vivienne Faull, that she would "burn in the hell fires for ever",
was given a six-month conditional discharge after pleading guilty
to a public-order offence and assault at York Magistrates' Court,
last week. David John Smith admitted that he had had a drink before
going to York Minster, where he confronted Dean Faull about the
reburial of Richard III in Leicester, according to press reports.
He also shoved a police officer.
Theologian warns of effect of new anti-extremism
TRADITIONAL Christian teaching could effectively be
"criminalised" under the Prime Minister's plans for Extremism
Disruption Orders, the Principal of Oak Hill Theological College,
the Revd Dr Mike Ovey, warned this week, the Telegraph
reports. He said that the Orders, designed to target "extremists
who spread hate but do not break existing laws", could have a
"chilling effect" on people of faith, as teachings could be deemed
to be contrary to the Government's definition of British
Church treasurer despairs at red tape
A CHURCH treasurer in Cornwall, Patricia Phillipps, who has
spent the past 11 months trying to change the signatory on its
account with Lloyds believes that the bank is "discriminating
against small and unprofitable customers". She told the
Telegraph that the forms illustrated "complete ignorance"
of the way small charities and churches operated. A spokesman for
Lloyds apologised, and said that it would like to continue
supporting the parish church, and had offered a payment of
Bishop pays tribute to parents of sectarian
THE Bishop of Derry & Raphoe, the Rt Revd Ken Good, has
expressed his sympathy for the family of Paul McCauley, who died
earlier this month, nine years after a brutal sectarian attack in
Derry. Mr McCauley was 29 when he was beaten by a Loyalist gang who
left him in a persistent vegetative state. Bishop Good described
his parents' devotion as "inspirational". He appealed to those
involved in the attack to "search their consciences and come
forward to the police. It is not too late."
Correction: In the article "Reports of Anglican decline
'have been greatly exaggerated'" (
News, 12 June), we said that 31 per cent of people have
identified themselves as Church of England/Anglican/Episcopal in
the last Census. The Census did not ask about denomination.