Churchmen included in Honours list
A FOUNDER of the Oasis Trust, Graham Mungeam, has been appointed
OBE for services to children and families in the New Year's Honours
Three churchmen from Guernsey received honours: Stephen Le
Poidevin, a Jurat, was appointed OBE for public service to the law
and community; William Luff, a churchwarden at Ste Marie du Castel,
was appointed MBE for services to the cattle industry; and Roy
Sarre, the musical director of the Guernsey Festival Chorus, was
awarded the BEM. Stephen Parsons, who chairs the governors of both
Bristol Cathedral Choir School and Cathedral Primary School, was
Survivor demands apology from Lady
AN ABUSE survivor in the diocese of Chichester has demanded an
apology from Lady Butler-Sloss, who led an inquiry in the diocese
in 2011. Phil Johnson has said that he felt pressured by her into
withholding allegations against a former Bishop of Lewes, the Rt
Revd Peter Ball (News, 11 July). She
said that Mr Johnson's claim was "absolutely untrue" on Radio 4
last month. He is demanding an apology, and has published a
recording of his 2011 meeting with her.
RSPB pulls backing for Garden Bridge
THE Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has
withdrawn its support for the Garden Bridge over the Thames, in
London (News, 19
December). A statement last month said that there were "much
easier and cheaper ways to make life more pleasant for Londoners
and urban wildlife". The £175- million cost could be used to
improve water management, for example, the RSPB said.
Former Church Times columnist dies
A FORMER Church Times columnist, who had previously
been editor of the Catholic Herald, has died, aged 94.
Desmond Fisher edited the Herald from 1962 to 1966, and
wrote a column for the Church Times from 1966-1974. His
last article for the Irish Times's column "Rite and
Reason" appeared on 30 September last year.
RC politicians issue warning to RC bishops
ROMAN CATHOLIC politicians from both the Labour and Conservative
Parties have signed a letter to the Daily Telegraph
arguing that Roman Catholic bishops have no place in the Lords.
They argue that "mixing clerical and legislative offices can lead
to problems", and that there are many examples where "the seduction
of temporal power diminished and obscured the pastoral mission of
Bishop speaks out against 'inhumane'
THE Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, has given his
backing to a campaign by Citizens UK to end the indefinite
detention of migrants (News, 25
July). "Detaining people indefinitely in prison-like conditions
without judicial oversight is unjust, ineffective, and inhumane,"
he said this week. "We will ask politicians to pledge their support
for a time limit on the detention of adults - and to work with us .
. . to make it happen."
Battle of Britain memorial threatened with
MORE than 25,000 people have signed a petition against the
threatened closure of St George's RAF Chapel of Remembrance at
Biggin Hill, Kent. The future of the chapel, built as a memorial to
air crew who died during the Second World War, is at risk after the
Ministry of Defence announced that it was withdrawing funding of
£50,000 a year.