Key Quotes for 2010

Key Quotes for 2010

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Last update: Friday 18th October
 
New statistics claim that church attendance in the Church of England is no longer in decline. Figures produced by Christian Research found that throughout 2008 1.67m people attended each month only a few thousand down form 1.71m in 2001. Meanwhile, figures for the Catholic Church in England and Wales found that decline in Mass attendance levelled out in 2005 and have stabilized since. Compared to the 915,556 people attending church each week in 2007 there are now 918,844 turning up. The Baptist Union has also seen attendance rise, with 153,714 people attending per week in 2008 compared with 148,835 in 2002. The director of Christian Research, Benita Hewitt, said: “I think that church is changing. There is no doubt that midweek attendance is going up because people are not just going on Sunday mornings … we now count the average attendance in one month. “
ChurchChurch of England Newspaper September 24, 2010
 
Glastonbury Abbey has apologized this week for allowing a Hollywood superstar to promote a film about sorcery form the abbey’s revered premises. Nicholas cage used the abbey to talk about his new film – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – as a backdrop to a live link-up with the United States. However although the film is only rated PG, locals were appalled that one of the oldest Christian locations had been used to endorse a film centred on witchcraft and sorcery.
MediaChurch of England Newspaper September 24, 2010
 
BT has admitted sending hundreds of customers’ personal details to an anti-piracy laws firm. The move could put the firm in breach of the Data Protection Act, which requires companies to keep customers’ personal data secure at all times. The mistake was discovered after a list of more than 4,000 people accused of illegally sharing adult films online appeared on the internet following attack on the systems of ACS: Law. BT said it released the details to comply with a court order.
MediaThe Sentinel September-30-2010
 
This summer’s A-level results saw the seventh consecutive year-on-year increase in the number of students taking Religious Studies (RS) A-level, with a slight increase of 0.7 percent against 2009 capping a total increase of 47.3 per cent in the five years since 2004. Church educationalists interpret the continued increase as further evidence that young people are interested in exploring religious perspectives on the big questions in life and in studying how different moral and cultural frameworks shape people’s understanding of the world around them.
EducationThe Wey October-2010
 
Companies owe developing countries more than enough money in tax to pay for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) according to Christian Aid. The international relief and development charity says its research has shown that poor countries lose about £102 billion a year to tax dodging by companies which trade internationally; the world Bank suggests that the countries would have needed up to £38 billion each year from the beginning of the MDGs for the goals to have been met.
MoneyThe War Cry –October-2-2010
 
Traditional neighbourhood values of shared interests amid like-minded people could be in decline, according to new research from Legal &General. The Next Door strangers report found that more than one quarter (27%) of us say we “do not trust” our neighbours and most of us feel we neither have a lot in common with (59%) nor share the same values (44%) as them. The report also found that the majority of British residents don’t know their neighbours’ names and wouldn’t recognize them if they passed them in the street (70%)
Social IssuesInspire Issue 53
 
The College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) has urged the Scottish Parliament to reject a Bill permitting assisted suicide and euthanasia. In a Sept 27 statement, the primus of the SEC, Bishop David Chillingworth of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane, stated the “view of the Bishops is that they would be reluctant to see moves to enshrine the right to die through assisted suicide formally enshrined in legislation.”
Social IssuesThe Church of England Newspaper –October-1-2010
 
Accusations of homophobia and duplicity are being leveled at the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams following an interview last week where he was asked to clarify his position on gay people in the church. Speaking to the Times Magazine, Dr Williams acknowledged his earlier questioning of traditional interpretations of Biblical teaching on sex, and reaffirmed his official position that gay bishops are permissible provided they are celibate This has been dismissed as wrong and ridiculous by liberals within and without the Church and criticized for its lack of clarity by traditionalists.
Social IssuesThe Church of England Newspaper – October-1-2010
 
The number of young smokers in England is at its lowest level since records began in 1982. Back then more than half (53%) of 11-15 year-olds has tried smoking at least once. Today that figure stands at just 29%. The percentage of young people regularly smoking has also fallen – from a peak of 13% in 1996 to a low of 6% in 2007, where it has remained since.
Young PeopleYouthwork, October 2010
 
Recent research has shown the positive relationship of wellbeing on health, in a key paper that reviewed over 150 such studies: ‘Wellbeing positively impacts both short and long term health outcomes … and disease and symptom control.’ Meanwhile other evidence points to positive links between Religion / Spirituality and Personal Wellbeing – which means that ultimately spirituality is good for your physical health.
HealthThird Way, October 2010
 
A regular survey by retirement company MGM Advantage found 39% of over-55s feeling “fully prepared” for retirement two years ago. This year the proportion has dropped to just 5%. Only 39% of the 55-64 age group had built up a savings pot, and only 42% of the over-65s.
Work/EmploymentLife And Work, October 2010
 
Britain’s record on family breakdown is the worst in Europe. Three-quarters of the households on social housing estates in the UK are now headed by lone parents, usually mothers. According to a speech given by Iain Duncan Smith, founder of the Centre for Social Justice, in the UK 15% of babies are currently born without a resident biological father and approximately 7% are born with no registered father on their birth certificate.
The consequences for children are toxic. Children who grow up without fathers, in a lone parent environment, are 75% more likely to fail at school, 70% more likely to be drug addicts, 50% more likely to develop an alcohol problem, 40% more likely to have serious problems with debt, and 35% more likely to experience unemployment and a need for social welfare. 70% of young offenders come from fatherless homes.
Social IssuesChristianity, October 2010
 
Pope Benedict has warned of moral and ethical erosion in his native Germany, particularly on right-to-life and marriage issues. The Pope linked the weakening of traditional moral principles to a new concept of God – an impersonal and invisible God who has little impact on society.
Social IssuesThe Universe, Sunday September 19, 2010
 
A CMS (Church Mission Society) school in Indian-occupied Kashmir was burnt to the ground during anti-US protests on Monday. The protests began after an Iranian TV broadcast reported that a copy of the Qur’an has been set alight in the USA. The school had warned the authorities about the threat before but no support was given. By early Monday morning a mob had built up around the school chanting anti-US and pro-Islam slogans, according to reports. At 8am, the protestors forced their way into the school and by 10.30am it was on fire.
Religious PersecutionThe Church Of England Newspaper, Friday, September 17, 2010
 
The UK could be heading for a double dip recession if current economic trends fail to improve, research has indicated. The economy looks set to shrink during the final quarter of the year, with businesses becoming increasingly pessimistic about trading products, according to business services firm BDO. The group said its optimism index, which reflects how businesses expect trading to develop, had fallen to 93.1.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel, Monday, September 13, 2010
 
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