The Great Debate UK

from FaithWorld:

Lively debate among Catholics interpreting pope’s condom remarks

papaPope Benedict's surprising view that condoms can sometimes be used to fight AIDS has kindled a lively debate among Roman Catholic theologians and commentators about whether this amounts to a change in Church thinking.

His comments and a Vatican clarification that expanded on them seem to leave no doubt that Benedict has spoken with unprecedented frankness for a pontiff and shifted the focus a bit from the Church's rejection of condoms to avoid disease. (Photo: Pope Benedict at his weekly audience 24 November 2010/Alessia Pierdomenico)

But the format of his remarks -- in a book of interviews with a German journalist rather than an official Vatican document -- and some confusion over translations have opened a gap allowing divergent interpretations.

Conservative Catholic bloggers have reacted with dismay -- one put the book title "Light of the World" over a cartoon of Pandora opening her box and letting the world's evils escape.

Oratorical skills proxy for leadership skills in debates

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- Timothy Clark and David Greatbatch are professors at Durham Business School. The opinions expressed are their own.-

The three televised party leader debates in the UK show that live oratory is still a powerful tool and remains an important source of the public’s perception of a politician’s image and abilities.

Such stuff as political careers are made on

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- Mark Kobayashi-Hillary is the author of several books, including ‘Who Moved my Job?’ and ‘Global Services: Moving to a Level Playing Field’. He is participating in the Reuters Election 2010 politics live blog during the leaders’ debates and on election night. The opinions expressed are his own. -

The veteran Channel 4 presenter, Jon Snow, lamented to the Guardian on Wednesday that the fire has gone out of the election campaign because of the televised leader debates.

Abortion debate

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George Tiller A Kansas doctor reviled by anti-abortion groups for his work providing “late-term” abortions was shot and killed in his Wichita, Kansas church.

Representatives from Britain’s Abortion Rights and ProLife Alliance share their thoughts on the murder of George Tiller. What is your opinion?

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