Aids conference says 100 researchers may have been on flight MH17

Jul 18, 2014 by

By Oliver Milman, Guardian: As many as 100 of the world’s leading HIV/Aids researchers and advocates may have been on the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in Ukraine, in what has been described as a “devastating” blow to efforts to tackle the virus. Delegates to a plenary session held ahead of the Aids 2014 conference were told that email exchanges showed about 100 attendees were booked on the MH17 flight. The plane was downed in eastern Ukraine by what the US and Australian governments...

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Forget about Assisted Dying: what about Assisted Living?

Jul 18, 2014 by

By Charles Moore, Spectator: By the time most readers see this, the House of Lords will have formed a view about Assisted Dying. Some Anglican bishops have got wonderfully on-the-one-hand/on-the-other about it. They seem to want dying assisted, but only a little bit. The Bishop of Carlisle feels that judges, rather than doctors, should decide whether someone has the right to be helped to take his or her own life. Thus do the most enlightened persons inadvertently advocate the return of the...

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Archbishop writes to ecumenical partners about women bishops

Jul 18, 2014 by

Archbishop Justin has written to ecumenical partners about the General Synod’s decision to allow women to become bishops, emphasising that churches “need each other”. The text of the letter, which is being posted to partner churches, is printed below: This comes to you with warm Christian greetings and the wish to communicate personally to you the decision of the General Synod of the Church of England to admit women to the episcopate. This is an occasion of deep rejoicing for...

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Peers given dying clergyman’s plea against assisted suicide

Jul 18, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: A dying clergyman’s plea for assisted suicide to remain against the law has been circulated to every Peer in the House of Lords by the Church of England, ahead of a debate on the issue tomorrow. The Church is opposed to Lord Falconer’s assisted suicide bill and has given a copy of Revd Jones’ letter to Peers, according to The Independent. Before Revd Christopher Jones died of cancer in 2012, he wrote in a personal reflection that the legal prohibition on assisted...

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Assisted Dying Bill – Archbishop of York speaks against

Jul 18, 2014 by

he Archbishop of York, Most Rev John Sentamu, spoke on 18th July 2014 in the Second Reading of the Assisted Dying Bill in the House of Lords.  His speech follows in full: My Lords, let me state at the outset that the ‘official’ Church of England position was made very clear on 9th July 2005, when the General Synod voted on a motion referring to the joint submission of the C of E House of Bishops and the Roman Catholic Bishops’ Conference to your Lordships’ House Select Committee [1].  The...

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Wanted: Champions to fight the culture war

Jul 18, 2014 by

By Mark Wallace, Conservative Home: Everybody hates spoilers. If a TV reviewer tells us what happens in our favourite show, or a columnist gives away the outcome of a mystery storyline, they are deluged with letters of complaint. The other day, I experienced for the first time a programme giving a spoiler about itself. I enjoy radio plays – trashy crime radio plays in particular. The BBC Radio iPlayer app is an endless source of re-runs, and I pick something at random whenever I’m on the train...

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Medical homicide: telling it as it is

Jul 18, 2014 by

by Jacqueline Laing, MercatorNet: Perhaps in part because of the dwindling birth rates and a steadily ageing and costly population, it is customary now in Britain for the subject of active euthanasia to be revisited every year. Charles (Lord) Falconer is at it again seeking to legalise medical complicity in homicide. The subject comes before Parliament today. Notwithstanding the horrific findings of widespread non-consensual sedation and dehydration in UK’s hospitals, hospices and care...

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Greater mental health risks for IVF babies

Jul 18, 2014 by

By Nicole M King, Family Edge: The News Story – IVF babies face greater risk of mental illness While IVF has helped more than 5,000,000 babies to be born, it is not without risks and complications for both the baby and mother.  A recent study has shown that babies born from IVF have an increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia, both in childhood and adulthood. A recent article in The Scotsman summarizes the issue.  It is not clear that the...

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‘You’ve no future in the Church, Mr Welby’: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby ...

Jul 18, 2014 by

By John Preston, Mailonline: A quarter of a century ago, a young oil executive called Justin Welby had a meeting with the then Bishop of Kensington. Welby was interested in becoming a Church of England vicar and the Bishop agreed to see him to assess his suitability. The meeting did not go well. At the end of it the Bishop told him bluntly: ‘You have no future in the Church of England.’ None the less, Welby managed to get  a second interview — with the vicar of  St Mary Abbots in Kensington....

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Government Ministers’ letter leaves Church of England in no doubt that full inclusion is expected

Jul 18, 2014 by

From Changing Attitude: The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities have written to Rev Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude England, spelling out with clarity why the MBE was awarded in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Sajid Javid and Helen Grant are clear that the Government expects the Church of England to make rapid progress towards becoming fully inclusive of gay,...

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The ECHR does not impose an obligation on contracting states to grant same-sex couples access to mar...

Jul 18, 2014 by

By Grégor Puppinck, Ph.D  The European Court of Human Rights, sitting as a Grand Chamber, in the case of Hämäläinen v. Finland, Application no. 37359/09, 16 July 2014 reaffirmed: Regarding article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights:  “71.  The Court reiterates its case-law according to which Article 8 of the Convention cannot be interpreted as imposing an obligation on Contracting States to grant same-sex couples access to marriage (see Schalk and Kopf v. Austria, no. 30141/04, §...

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Why disagreement is not good – Part 2

Jul 18, 2014 by

By Martin Davie: In this blog I shall respond to some of the interesting issues raised by my former Oak Hill colleague Dr Thomas Renz in response to what I wrote last week. The first question he raises is whether our inability to grasp ‘a comprehensive knowledge of the truth on which we all agree’ is a result of sin or simply an inevitable result of how God has made human beings. In response to this question I am happy to agree that as human beings we necessarily lack the fully comprehensive...

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Rally for life with Ben – TOMORROW

Jul 17, 2014 by

From Christian Concern: This week, we have been building up to a very crucial time: the Second Reading of Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill in the House of Lords tomorrow (Friday 18th July).  The Bill licenses doctors to dispense lethal drugs to help patients end their lives, and would place the lives of thousands of elderly, sick and disabled people at risk. From the Bible, we know that God alone has the right to give life and take it away, and that the killing of another human being...

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Archbishop of York replies to emails supporting Canon Jeremy Pemberton

Jul 17, 2014 by

From Changing Attitude: The office of the Archbishop of York is sending a pro-forma email response to people who have emailed him about the revocation of Jeremy Pemberton’s PTO: Thank you for your email in response to the Acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham’s decision to revoke the Permission to Officiate of The Revd Jeremy Pemberton, following his civil marriage to his same sex partner. The Bishop’s action, and more recently his decision to withhold of a licence in relation to an NHS...

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Planned Parenthood’s abortion push is essential to its ‘deviant sexual agenda’: Lila Rose

Jul 17, 2014 by

By Dustin Siggins, LifeSite: Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funded sex education programs continue to put underage girls and their sexual partners in danger, says Live Action founder Lila Rose. A day after the pro-life group released its newest videos showing Planned Parenthood employees encouraging whipping and asphyxiation, Rose toldLifeSiteNews that focusing on the sexual aspects of Planned Parenthood’s business model is critical to stopping the abortion giant’s abuse of...

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