Bishop addresses rally about housing crisis
BRITAIN cannot afford to leave housing to the Government, the
Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Revd James Langstaff, has warned. After
addressing more than 2000 people at the Homes for Britain rally at
Westminster Central Hall on Tuesday, he called for "political and
public will" to find "creative" solutions to shortages. "In the
Churches, we have land and buildings which are sometimes surplus to
what we need, or could be used more efficiently," he said.
MPs reject Slavery Bill amendment
MPs have rejected an amendment put forward by the House of Lords
to the Modern Slavery Bill, which would have allowed migrant
workers to change employer. It was backed by the Bishop of
Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome. Currently, workers who are
brought to the UK by their employer cannot leave their job and find
employment elsewhere. The Bill will return to the House of Lords on
Committee questions evidence for 'Trojan Horse'
THERE is no evidence of a "sustained plot" by extremists to take
over schools in Birmingham, the Education Select Committee
concluded on Tuesday (News,
25 July). The chairman, Graham Stuart, said: "One incident
apart, no evidence of extremism or radicalisation was found by any
of the inquiries in any of the schools involved. Neither was there
any evidence of a sustained plot, nor of significant problems in
other parts of the country. The Trojan Horse affair is less about
extremism than about governance and the ability of local and
central agencies to respond to whistle-blowers, and to correct
abuses of power within schools."
Priest despairs over food-for-homeless
A PRIEST in Hull has said that he despairs after the council
banned volunteers from using his church to serve hot food to the
homeless. The Priest-in-Charge of St Mary the Virgin, Kingston upon
Hull, the Revd Paul Burkitt, told the Hull Daily Mail: "I
do despair, as a parish priest, that the locally appointed
officials seem ordained to brush the sun out of anyone's sky."
Number of young ordinands increases
PEOPLE under 30 now make up a quarter of all people accepted for
ordination training, figures released by the Church of England last
week showed. Last year, 116 people under 30 were accepted - the
highest number in the past 25 years. A decade ago, the figure was
Taxi driver to receive award
A TAXI driver who helped to rescue a priest trapped under a car
after a crash will receive an award at the House of Commons this
week, Luton on Sunday reported. Zulfiqar Afsar helped the
Vicar of St Mary's, Luton, the Revd Mike Jones, last year (News, 23
Dr Morgan backs call to scrap nuclear
A CALL to eliminate nuclear arsenals has been issued by 26 faith
leaders, including the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan. In a
letter to The Times last Friday, the leaders argue that
the weapons "violate the principle of dignity for every human being
that is common to each of our faith traditions".
Former choirmaster admits sex offences
A FORMER choirmaster has been jailed for three years after
admitting to the sexual assault of two teenaged boys in 1975.
Andrew Teague, aged 63, a former master of choristers at Bradford
Cathedral, was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on Monday. He was
a freelance teacher and organist living in Hertford when he
committed the offences.
Corrections: The Rt Revd Paul Bayes was
translated to Liverpool, not Durham, as we stated last week. Also,
the Priest Missioner of the East Durham Mission Project is the Revd
Dr Michael, not Mark, Volland; and the Revd Emma Parker is the
Priest-in-Charge, not Associate Minister, of Easington and
Easington Village (Features, 13 March). Our apologies.