Scottish Cardinal resigns
CARDINAL Keith O'Brien, formerly the most senior Roman Catholic
priest in Scotland, has resigned from the rights and duties of a
Cardinal, but will retain his title. He stood down a year ago after
allegations of "inappropriate" acts were reported, and apologised
that his sexual conduct had "fallen below the standards expected".
Last Friday he said: "I will continue to play no part in the public
life of the Church in Scotland; and will dedicate the rest of my
life in retirement, praying especially for the Archdiocese of St
Andrews and Edinburgh, for Scotland, and for those I have offended
in any way."
Yorkshire sees are renamed
THE sees of Knaresborough and Pontefract have been renamed the
sees of Ripon and Wakefield, respectively. The Bishops' titles have
changed accordingly. This became effective on 19 March.
DFID criticised for 'over-using' big
THE Department for International Development is "over-using"
multilateral organisations such as the EU and the World Bank, MPs
have warned in a new report. The UK is now the largest funder of
multilaterals in the world. The report, by the International
Development Committee, recommends a cap on funding humanitarian
assistance, and says that more should be spent on programmes in
"priority countries", particularly those in sub-Saharan
Prayers by church leaders as election race heats
THE Archbishop of Canterbury was joined by other church leaders
last Friday to pray for the General Election. The event was
organised by Churches Together in England. They prayed "that God
would inspire the nation to discern the deep spiritual, moral, and
ethical challenges of our time, and vote into office politicians
who will build a fairer, more just nation for all citizens".
Cameron announces funding for protection for
THE Prime Minister announced funding to improve the security of
Jewish schools, synagogues, and other communal institutions at a
dinner organised by the Community Security Trust last week. On
Sunday, six people were arrested after a group forced its way into
a synagogue in Stamford Hill.
Correction: Dr Samuel Zinner, a member of the
evaluation panel of the Centre for the Study of the Jordanian Lead
Books, is no longer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, but is
an independent scholar (News, 20