Daily Media Digest Friday June 12

News from the Archbishop of Canterbury

Archbishop hosts reception for Grand Imam of Al-Azhar


News from the Church of England

The Bishop of St Albans, Alan Smith, led a debate in the House of Lords yesterday on the role of civil society in the light of the House of Bishops pastoral letter Who is My Neighbour? published earlier this year. Other contributors included the Bishop of Rochester, James Langstaff.


In the news this week - we look ahead to the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta with a special podcast and visit Salisbury Cathedral to see their copy. Also Professor of Medieval History, Nigel Saul meets the Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watston, to talk about the impact of the Great Charter. 

Today's Media Coverage  

Report that the Church of England and other institutional shareholders have called for the removal of the chairman of a British oil company accused of bribing and violently intimidating opponents of its exploration in Africa's oldest national park. They voted against Rui de Sousa's re-election as Soco's chairman at the company's annual general meeting this week although he survived the vote. Article notes the Church of England remains deeply concerned about Soco's response to the allegations, and was reviewing its £3 million investment in the company. (Church of England statement on Soco International AGM)

Report that a former Rector in Truro diocese, who worked as a primary school teacher, has been struck off for life by a National Council for Teaching and Leadership misconduct panel for allegedly repeatedly sexually abusing pupils while they read to him in front of the class. James Wilson was cleared in a court case in 2010 but report states the criminal case against him needed to be proved beyond all reasonable doubt whereas the panel made its judgment based on the balance of probabilities. The Diocese of Truro is quoted expressing concern and said the Revd Wilson had retired at the end of 2013. It states, in the light of today’s report, that PTO has been suspended by the Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton, pending a review by the diocesan safeguarding committee.
Lighthearted diary item says a police officer at the House of Lords was heard asking a man in a dog-collar yesterday if he was here for the Archbishop of Canterbury. The reply came, “I am the Archbishop of Canterbury.” Suggests he wears his mitre more often!
Article on carbon divestment being profitable says while it was just the pension funds of the Church of England or Stanford University announcing to ditch investments in fossil fuel companies, it was easy to shrug off the trend as feel-good investing. But is says now that Europe’s second-largest insurer AXA and Norway’s $880 billion sovereign wealth fund are doing the same the fight against fossil fuel is likely to hurt the bottom lines of companies.
Article about a show seeking to give a voice to unnamed and forgotten women in the Bible, which opens at Chichester Cathedral next week. It states Mrs Judas Iscariot is finally getting recognition thanks to her first-ever portrait, which is the star attraction in the exhibition of paintings set to tour cathedrals. Artist Chris Gollon has painted 17 new works for Incarnation, Mary & Women from the Bible, which will subsequently travel to the cathedrals of Durham and Hereford.
Article on new play about Jimmy Savile mentions that on the Sunday after Savile died an Anglican vicar in Herefordshire gave a sermon about what a holy man Savile had been. It states the Church remains pathetically impressionable.

Cofe Comms/Huff Post: Giving blood has a spiritual dimension

Nick Baines: The world is going mad

Christian Today
Muslim prayer services banned in consecrated Churches - Bishop of Southwark

Fond of Fossils: Entrepeneurs in the Church of England

Huff Post
Speak up about climate change for the sake of those you love

Law and Religion UK: Church Commissioners written questions

The Spectator
Podcast: The Last Christian
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