Reports that GAFCON UK has released a list of clergy known to be in same-sex relationships or who have officiated or publicly supported gay unions in the Church of England. Articles say it is the first time such a list has been compiled, although the information is already in the public domain, and raises fears it will lead to increased abuse. GAFCON says the list was given as a briefing for conservative bishops around the world to highlight the state of the CofE.
Report on letter of apology written by Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, to a man who is calling for a retrial after retired Archdeacon Granville Gibson, having been convicted earlier this year on two counts of historic indecent assault, was found not guilty in court regarding a third person. Following Gibson’s imprisonment, the Bishop of Durham instigated a review into all circumstances surrounding the case.
Further coverage that the BBC is set to diversify its programming with increased multi-faith coverage to better reflect the “role of religion in modern Britain”. Director General Tony Hall, Lord Hall of Birkenhead, will invite religious leaders to a round table next year to discuss how the broadcaster can improve on its existing output. A senior executive will also be appointed to design new programme concepts alongside what is currently delivered, such as Songs of Praise and Thought for the Day. A BBC source said the broadcaster would not be cutting back on Christian programming, and instead would be considering how it could better represent faith in general.
Reports that the Home Secretary Amber Rudd has authorised the extradition of Lauri Love to the US, where he is accused of computer hacking offences. Responding to the announcement, the Revd Alexander Love, Mr Love's father, told the Press Association, "It was going to happen - it was inevitable - but it's still painful. I cannot begin to express how much sorrow it causes me."
Profile of BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker who reveals how his faith and strong Christian beliefs have guided his successful career.