Church of England http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/20843/all en Assisted suicide, a call in Britain to change the law http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/assisted-suicide-call-britain-change-the-law <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report published today calls for legal change to allow terminally ill people to be able to end their lives at a time of their own choosing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The right to end one&#39;s life when suffering from a fatal illness is one of the most contentious moral debates of our time. It is an increasingly common one, as more and more people deal with the reality that medical science can prolong the lives of the terminally ill, but the quality of that extended life cannot be guaranteed.</p> <p> It is also a legal issue, since many terminally ill people who wish to die need help with their suicides. Those who assist suicide in many countries can be prosecuted. As society has become more secular, religious strictures on suicide seem outdated. Yet it is religion that is the historical basis for laws against assisted suicide.</p> <p> There are several countries in Europe which have grappled with the legal question and changed their laws. In the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland the terminally ill can end life at a time of their own choosing, so assisting them is not a crime. The law in Britain, however, is very strict. Those who help terminally ill loved ones end their lives can be imprisoned for up to 14 years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/assisted-suicide-call-britain-change-the-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> assisted suicide Bishop of Carlisle Church of England Home Lord Falconer Regions right to die Terry Pratchett Europe United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Thu, 05 Jan 2012 17:03:20 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5686092 at http://www.globalpost.com London: bye-bye Occupy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/london-bye-bye-occupy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> High court rules Occupy movement tents at St. Paul's Cathedral must be removed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The Occupy tents went up in October and their presence was immediately controversial. The City of London Corporation, the local government authority for the City (London&#39;s financial district where St. Paul&#39;s is located) sought to have the camp removed.</p> <p> Delays in judgment were granted after the Church of England <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/111101/st-paul%E2%80%99s-cathedral-reverses-opposition-occupy-lo">reversed</a> itself and said it would not join in the Corporation&#39;s suit. But today, the inevitable judgment ordering the Occupy eviction was made.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/london-bye-bye-occupy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Church of England Corporation of London Home Occupy Occupy movement Regions St. Pauls Cathedral Europe United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:52:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5687899 at http://www.globalpost.com British church in turmoil over women bishops http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/121206/british-church-england-women-bishops-synod-vote <p style="line-height: 20px; ">LONDON &mdash; Outwardly, the church of St. Gabriel&#39;s in northwest London is a conventional English place of worship: an imposing Victorian-era bell tower attached to a vault-roofed chapel. Inside, however, the century old building is thoroughly modern, warmly carpeted and filled with comfortable padded chairs.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px; ">The two aspects symbolize a collision of old traditions and new values that has left the Church of England in crisis after it voted last month to refuse consecrating women as bishops.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/united-kingdom/121206/british-church-england-women-bishops-synod-vote" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Church of England World Religion United Kingdom Fri, 07 Dec 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Barry Neild 5728264 at http://www.globalpost.com