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… of the 150 or so member organisations, about 120 are religious, because faith groups are what people actually join. It is religious belief, not political conviction which by and large gets people out of their houses and listening to speeches on a bank holiday afternoon.

…. Brown knew what the people in the hall were about in a quite visceral way: “a community is thousands of acts of friendship and service to one another” he said. That is what churches feel like when they are going right, and that is the feeling which politics as a media spectacle has entirely lost.

He shouted almost like a gospel singer, and the crowd responded like a congregation,

Faith trumps party politics

The party leaders’ performance yesterday at the ‘fourth debate’ showed how much they need to get religion back into politics
I watched the three party leaders at the Citizens UK meeting yesterday with a couple of distinguished political journalists. Neither of them had seen crowds anything like as large or as interested on the secular campaign trail. One of them said to me “there are 50,000 votes in this room” though there were only 2,500 people; and I wondered whether religion might not be the saving of political engagement in this country. (altro…)

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Gordon Brown: Christians should not have to hide faith

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said that Christians should not have to hide their faith in the workplace and stressed that the “role of religion and faith in the public square is incredibly important”.

by Daniel Blake

Posted: Monday, August 10, 2009, 22:13 (BST)

Mr Brown said in an interview with Premier Radio that he believed it was impossible for Christians to be expected to work detaching themselves from their faith beliefs, and that they should not be expected to entirely separate their faith and work. (altro…)

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It is really an elderly German don’s contribution to the demonstrations outside pope1the Bank of England: a bit long to fit on a placard, perhaps, but quite clearly on the side of the people outside the bank rather than those inside.

Questo un commento apparso sul Guardian (“G20: The red pope” di Andrew Brown) – di seguito il testo della lettera di Benedetto XVI a Gordon Brown

A Sua Eccellenza l’On. Gordon Brown, Primo Ministro del Regno Unito

Signor Primo Ministro,
Nella Sua recente visita in Vaticano, Ella ha voluto cortesemente informarmi sul Vertice delle 20 economie più grandi del mondo, che si terrà a Londra nei giorni 2-3 aprile 2009, allo scopo di coordinare con urgenza le misure necessarie per stabilizzare i mercati finanziari e consentire alle aziende e alle famiglie di superare il presente periodo di grave recessione, per rilanciare una crescita sostenibile dell’economia mondiale e per riformare e rafforzare sostanzialmente i sistemi di governabilità globale affinché tale crisi non si ripeta nel futuro. (altro…)

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Proprio quando le decisioni si fanno più difficili (bioetica, finanza, …) , quando la gente ha bisogno di sperare la politica inglese (solo quella?) ha una fifa blu di parlare di religione.

A report published by the Church of England earlier this year accused the Government of “deep religious illiteracy” and of having “no convincing moral direction”

Earlier this year, Nicholas Sarkozy …. called for a “blossoming” of religions. “A man who believes is a man who hopes,” he said. It is ironic that politicians in this country have abandoned belief – at the very moment that the people need hope.

From The Times – October 21, 2008

There’s a God-shaped hole in Westminster

Today’s politicians – whose favourite summer reading was The God Delusion – have never been more fearful of faith
Rachel Sylvester

The Archbishop of Canterbury likes to say that religion is getting increasingly political just as politicians become ever more interested in subjects that have traditionally been the domain of religion. For once, he has never been more right. (altro…)

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Da www.christiantoday.com

The head of Bible Society, James Catford, presented a copy of The Poverty and Justice Bible to Prime Minister Gordon Brown during a visit to Downing Street.

The Poverty and Justice Bible is the first ever to highlight more than 2,000 passages that speak of God’s attitude to poverty and injustice. Challenging the notion that the Bible is a dusty, outdated rulebook, it shows that on the biggest issues of our day God got there first.

James Catford was at Downing Street as part of a delegation of Christian leaders to launch the government’s new faith consultation, Believing for a Better Britain, and to celebrate the achievements of four Faithworks prize winning community projects. (altro…)

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Il governo britannico ha acconsentito a che i ministri di area cattolica contrari alla legge sugli embrioni chimera possano votare secondo coscienza sugli aspetti più controversi.  

Il Cardinale Primate di Scozia ha definito la legge degna di Frankenstein. 

Qui di seguito un po’ di documentazione, solo in inglese. 

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article3606349.ece

Catholic ministers to be given embryo ‘opt-out’

Gordon Brown is to allow three Catholic members of his Cabinet to vote with their “conscience” on the Government’s controversial legislation on embryo research, in a highly unusual attempt to dampen down a spiralling political row.

Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary, claimed that the Government would seek “accommodation” with all Catholic Labour MPs over the bill – including Cabinet members Ruth Kelly, Des Browne and Paul Murphy – which allows the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos for medical research.

His statement came as the Government appeared to be employing a twin approach to calm the row, with an attempt to pacify Catholic MPs within the Labour Party on the one hand, and a growing Ministerial effort to make senior figures within the scientific community come out in support of the Government on the other.

But government efforts to cool the row appeared to be having little impact today, with Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the most senior Roman Catholic clergy in Britain, raising the temperature further by echoing growing calls for MPs to be given a free vote on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.

….The row showed no sign of calming, however, with Cardinal O’Connor becoming the most senior Catholic clergyman to call publicly for Labour MPs to be granted a free vote when the bill is debated in May.

“I think Catholics in politics have got to act according to their Catholic convictions, so have other Christians, so have other politicians,” he told Sky News.

“Certainly, there are some aspects of this bill on which I believe there ought to be a free vote, because Catholics and others will want to vote according to their conscience. I don’t think it should be subject to the party whip.”

The leader of Catholics in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, echoed his sentiments by using his Easter Sunday sermon at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh to brand the bill “monstrous attack on human rights, human dignity and human life” which will allow experiments of “Frankenstein proportion”.

…..Former Cabinet minister Stephen Byers last night warned that the Government risked a backlash from voters if it did not offer a free vote.

“On matters like this I want to reach my own decision and not be instructed how to vote,” said Mr Byers. “The public will look on in disbelief if a matter as sensitive as the creation of human-animal embryos is made a matter of party policy with the Government instructing its MPs how to vote.”

Some Labour backbenchers have voiced frustration at Mr Brown’s failure to close down the issue more swiftly. Thurrock MP Andrew Mackinlay said it was “inevitable” that a free vote would eventually have to be conceded and warned that “irreversible collateral damage” to Labour’s reputation was being caused by the delay.

…Mr Johnson left no doubt that ministers were determined to get the bill onto the statute book: “This is a flagship part of the Queen’s Speech, it is a Government bill and we want to see it go forward into legislation.”

Cardinal: stop this ‘Frankenstein’ evil

http://timescolumns.typepad.com/gledhill/2008/03/cardinal-stop-t.html

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