Comments: Fleet Street's last religious affairs position axed

Depressingly short-sighted move even by the canons of Murdoch press. Ruth has served the cause of public debate about faith and religion well. She and her ilk will be sadly missed. The secular air-brushing continues...

Posted by Pete Broadbent at Saturday, 17 May 2014 at 3:10pm BST

I can't help but think that this is good news for Ruth Gledhill who can finally dig herself out from underneath the paywall that has effectively silenced her for years.
I look forward to hearing much more from her in years to come.

Posted by Erika Baker at Saturday, 17 May 2014 at 3:28pm BST

I agree with Pete! Short-sighted and disappointing. As a one-time regional newspaper journo who amongst other things covered religious affairs, Ruth was one of those colleagues who one respected hugely. She digs deeply, grasps the issues, and really does care about the Church in all its maddening eccentricity. These days it is hard to find a reporter, local or national who has any sense of what religious faith of any of the main world religions, lived out in a local community is really about, and who can appreciate that it's more than just arguments at Synods about sex, cash and women.

Posted by Simon W at Sunday, 18 May 2014 at 3:19am BST

Back in 2003 Ruth turned up for LGCMs Half Way to Lambeth conference in Manchester, she was poorly and had a babe in arms, but stayed for the whole two days.
In a misstep that gave us even greater national coverage the then bishop decided we should not be allowed to celebrate the Conference Service on the Sunday as previously arranged with the Dean. Here's a mention from the BBC
the story ran and ran. LGCM finally had the service at that wonderful Manchester church, St John Chrysostom.
Ruth's very subtle contribution to the debacle was to attend both of the services and write a thoughtful review of them both! As I remember she found the cathedral service we should have attended fairly miserable and reserved her very positive comments for the Eucharist at St John's.
It lifted everyone (even our friends at the cathedral), it was the best of journalism.

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Monday, 19 May 2014 at 1:37pm BST
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