Key Quotes for 2010

Key Quotes for 2010

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Last update: Tuesday 15th October
 
Child health experts have hailed the success of a medical trial that could lead to the widespread vaccination of children against deadly meningitis B. Data presented by pharmaceutical giant Novartis revealed that a large majority of infants given a new test drug achieved a robust immune response against strains of the disease. Charity Meningitis UK said the results would eventually lead to a vaccine that would save the lives of thousands of children.
HealthThe Sentinel, Monday, September 13, 2010
 
An 800-member strong Catholic community in an Indian village is facing a social boycott for refusing to follow traditions aimed at appeasing Hindu gods. “We are Christians and we are not bound to follow Hindu religious practices,” said Fr Philip Rock, parish priest at St Sebastian Parish in the village of Mangalawada. The refusal of the Catholic families to follow the directives has angered the village’s Hindu majority, whose leaders called a meeting and declared a “social boycott” against the Christians in late August. Fr Rock said Hindus were told to have nothing to do with the Christians and that they would be fined if caught doing so.
Religious PersecutionThe Universe, Sunday September 12, 2010
 
The president of the German bishops’ conference has called on Muslims to do more to support religious freedom for Christians around the world, especially in Turkey, where most of Germany’s Muslims originate from. “We hope reflection on the faith will lead to the overcoming of tensions dividing Christians and Muslims,” said Archbishop Robert Zollitsch. “But we should also remember the difficult situation facing Christians in the Middle East. The Catholic Church in Germany has publicly supported Muslim needs, and we count on Christians in Turkey soon being able to enjoy full religious freedom too.”
World IssuesThe Universe, Sunday September 12, 2010
 
Sham weddings conducted in Lewes have undermined the sanctity of marriage, Bishop Wallace Benn has said. Commenting on the four-year sentence given to Rev Alex Brown this week for conducting around 360 sham weddings, the Bishop of Lewes said that many people had been affected by the rogue priest’s behaviour. But the Church of England has been criticised for being too slow to take action on the sham weddings which happened between July 2005 and July 2006 at the Church of St Peter and St Paul; in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex. The marriages were mostly between African men – who could not legally stay in the UK for any longer – and eastern European women.
ChurchThe Church Of England Newspaper, Friday, September 10, 2010
 
The Archbishop of York has implored the Government to reconsider its decision to opt out of an EU directive intended to clamp down on the “evils” of international sex trafficking.
Dr John Sentamu, a longstanding campaigner on the issue, made the appeal last weekend, starkly describing the sexual exploitation of victims as “modern day slavery”.
The primate, pointing out that more than half of the 30,000 women involved in off-street prostitution in the UK are EU migrants, said: “We need a united front against the traffickers, pimps and gangsters – and speak out for those who don’t have a voice.”
Social IssuesThe Church Of England Newspaper, Friday, September 10, 2010
 
The failure to offer obese patients weight-loss surgery is costing the economy hundreds of millions of pounds a year, according to leading surgeons. The financial toll of unemployment, housing and incapacity benefit, hospital admissions and prescriptions is increasing every year but could be cut if people were given surgery, they said.
The report, from the Royal College of Surgeons, National Obesity Forum and health firms Allergan and Covidien, said thousands of patients are missing out on surgery, pushing costs higher.
HealthThe Sentinel, Wednesday, September 8, 2010
 
MPs voted last night to place a cap on “unaffordable and unsustainable” redundancy pay in the Civil Service.
The Superannuation Bill, which aims to cap payoffs at one year’s salary or 15 months for voluntary redundancies, had a Government majority of 82. The Bill now moves to its detailed committee stage. Thousands of Civil Service posts are expected to be scrapped after next month’s spending review, as Whitehall department budgets are cut by an average 25 per cent.
PoliticsThe Sentinel, Wednesday, September 8, 2010
 
The Catholic Church has been called “deeply misogynist” and intolerant of gay people by members of a group seeking change in its ranks.
Organisers of Catholic Voices for Reform want to see an “open discussion” on issues such as women’s ordination and clerical celibacy. The group plans to deliver questions to the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols and the Vatican’s Ambassador to the UK to pass to Pope Benedict, when he visits Britain next week.
ChurchThe Sentinel, Wednesday, September 8, 2010
 
The UK must look harder at who is qualifying for visas after research showed more than a fifth of foreign students were still in the country after five years, the immigration minister Damian Green said.
Mr Green said the annual cap on economic migrants from outside the EU would not be enough on its own to deliver the target of reducing net immigration to the “tens of thousands”. He said the unsustainable levels of net migration, which leapt by a fifth last year to 196,000, must also be brought down.
PoliticsThe Sentinel, Tuesday, September 7, 2010
 
Former high profile Lib Dem MP Dr Evan Harris has criticised the reporting around a new study which suggested that atheist doctors were more likely to “hasten death” than those with religious convictions.
Dr Harris was responding to a new report published in the Journal of Medical Ethics which found that the “non-religious” among the 4,000 doctors polled were found to be more likely to five continuous deep sedation until death. Doctors who were “very” or “extremely non-religious” were almost twice as likely to give deep sedation than those with strong religious convictions.
However, religious doctors were less likely to discuss treatments judged likely to end the lives of their patients while palliative care specialists and those with strong religious beliefs were the most strongly opposed to assisted dying and euthanasia.
HealthThe Universe, Sunday September 5, 2010
 
Schools could be forced to axe subjects from their timetables to cope with budget cuts, it was reported today. The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) is reportedly advising schools to look at scrapping courses which are only taken by small numbers of students, if they are not cost effective. The move could hit optional subjects like languages, which are already suffering from a decline in candidates. The Government is to set our spending cuts next month. While there has been a promise to protect frontline services, schools are braced for reductions.
EducationThe Sentinel, Friday, September 3, 2010
 
Members of Girl Guiding UK, the UK’s largest organisation for girls and young women, have launched a petition calling for compulsory labelling to distinguish between airbrushed and natural images.
Young PeopleFamilies First, September/October 2010
 
A shopkeeper near Miami prevented a robbery in July, not by calling the police but by telling the would-be robber about Jesus Christ.

World IssuesEvangelicals Now, September 2010
 
Over 80% of 18-year-old girls are sexually active, with almost one in five of those having been pregnant at least once, according to Government-backed statistics released in July.
More than 30% of the pregnant girls went on to have an abortion, while almost half had the baby and 18% suffered a miscarriage. The study found that the groups most likely to become sexually active at younger ages were those living with neither parent by GCSE age, or those who were NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) at 18.
HealthEvangelicals Now, September 2010
 
A BBC documentary shown in July told the story of how a paralysed father of two was about to have his life support machine turned off when he signalled to doctors that he wanted to live by using eye movements.
MediaEvangelicals Now, September 2010
 
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