Gavin Drake

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“Embarrassing security failure” or embarrassing lack of religious literacy

A man was arrested yesterday morning (Sunday) after two people were assaulted at York Minster. You can read about it on most UK news websites (but if you’re particularly discerning you can read my report for the Church Times here). An unusually high number of journalists…

Bishops in the House of Lords

Calls for the Lords Spiritual to be removed from the House of Lords are nothing new.  It is a frequent occurrence that only increases whenever the 24 bishops who occupy the Bishops’ Benches are perceived to be holding back the advance of progressive liberalism, such…

The Church of England is a tortoise compared to Rome’s hare

There are many ways of comparing denominations. There are so many differences of style, liturgy, customs and even doctrine. But such comparisons are always subjective. One man’s heresy is another man’s cornerstone. But recent events involving the leadership of the Church of England and the…

Police in Pakistan say Rimsha Masih is innocent

Police in Pakistan have submitted an interim charge sheet to the court in the case of Rimsha Masih, the young girl accused of desecrating the Qur’an, and have concluded that she is innocent of the charges. The charge sheet, lodged with the court on Saturday,…

Church in Wales’ Governing Body debates women bishops

A consultation  conducted earlier this year suggested that a majority of members of the Governing Body (GB) were in favour of women bishops, the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said. “Seventy-nine per cent of lay members and 83 per cent of clerical members indicated either…

Review urges Church to seize ‘great opportunity’

A review of the structure of the Church in Wales dominated a meeting of its Governing Body in Lampeter last week. It began with a presentation from the independent review panel that was helping the Church look to the future. It consisted of the former Bishop…

Pakistan urged to stop blasphemy law’s ‘massive human-rights violations’

Pakista is being urged to set up a commission to investigate the “tragic consequences” of its blasphemy law and “suggest a way out of this difficult and embarrassing situation”. The call came in a communiqué issued on 19 September by the World Council of Churches…

‘Bigot’ slip coincides with further same-sex rows

Teachers could face disciplinary action, including dismissal, if they fail to endorse same-sex marriage, suggests legal advice published by the pressure group Coalition for Marriage. The warning came in the week when the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, briefly labelled opponents of the Government’s same-sex…

British Government lawyer: No religious discrimination at work if Christians can resign

Christians cannot claim that they have suffered religious discrimination at work if they have the freedom to resign and look for another job, a British-government lawyer told the European Court of Human Rights this week. James Eadie QC made his comments as he outlined the…

Strasbourg to hear religious-discrimination cases

The European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, will next week hear the cases of four British people who claim that they lost their jobs as a result of discrimination against their Christian beliefs. Two of the cases concern the right to manifest religious belief,…

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