Tags: Catholic Church
Spotlight: This hard-hitting film salutes the journalists who exposed the power of a deeply corrupt institution
Posted: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:48 by Keith Porteous Wood
Keith Porteous Wood previews Spotlight, the hard-hitting film which depicts the Boston Globe's investigation into the cover-up of child sex abuse by the Catholic Church.
Posted: Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:14 by Keith Porteous Wood
Following the failed attempt to obstruct the historic child abuse inquiry in Scotland, Keith Porteous Wood exposes the continuing reluctance of the Catholic Church to face up to and pay for its crimes.
Posted: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:01 by Keith Porteous Wood
The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has threatened to stop civil marriage registration if Irish law is changed to allow same sex marriages. Keith Porteous Wood argues that if it were to carry out its threat, it could inflict more harm on the Church than any change of the legal definition of marriage would.
Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:28 by Alistair McBay
As the full scale of the British Establishment's cover-up of child sex abuse becomes apparent, Alistair McBay argues it is time for the Crown Prosecution Service to make public its reasons for dropping the investigation into Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor 12 years ago.
Posted: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 11:59 by Terry Sanderson
NSS President Terry Sanderson argues that the churches have changed their lobbying tactics, and are trying to impose their doctrines through misdirection and 'slippery slope' arguments.
Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:37 by Alistair McBay
Alistair McBay argues that a growing political alliance between the leadership of the Catholic Church in Scotland and SNP has implications which stretch far beyond the Referendum campaign and threaten to revive religious identity politics.
Posted: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:45 by David McClenaghan
Words are not enough: David McClenaghan argues that if the Church wants to deal with its record on child abuse it must root out both offenders and enablers.
Posted: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:04 by Richard Scorer
In England, Catholic leaders have fostered the impression that the English church has been relatively scandal-free, and that such problems as did exist were eliminated by the Nolan reforms. A new book by Richard Scorer, head of the abuse unit at Slater & Gordon lawyers, interrogates that claim.
Posted: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:26 by Keith Porteous Wood
This week marks the first anniversary of the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis. But as far as far as child abuse is concerned, it's just business as usual at the Vatican – but with better PR, argues Keith Porteous Wood.
Posted: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:25
This week the Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan, gave a lecture at King's College in London in which he launched a full frontal attack on secularism. But the secularism the Bishop denounces, argues Terry Sanderson, is simply a figment of his imagination.
Posted: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:08 by David Clohessy
After hearing the UN's scathing attack on its child abuse record, the Vatican's counter-attack against its critics is a familiar tactic, argues David Clohessy
Posted: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:28 by Terry Sanderson
The UN's recent examination of the Holy See presented yet more evidence of the Catholic Church's responsibility for, and cover-up of, child abuse. Yet the Catholic majority remains persistently silent, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:11 by Terry Sanderson
The Vatican's refusal to provide information requested by the United Nations on the alleged sexual abuse of children could mean Pope Francis's honeymoon period ends in ignominy, just like his predecessor, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:00 by Terry Sanderson
Anecdotal reports of a rise in Catholic mass attendance since the arrival of the new Pope do not seem to be supported by systematically obtained data – at least in USA., blogs Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:50 by Anne Marie Waters
Concordats are a little known tool of the Vatican to impose its dogma in to the public square. They are anti-democratic and anti-secular and, as Anne Marie Waters argues, are having a serious impact on the safety and health of millions of women.
Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:43 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues that Pope Bergoglio won't move the Catholic Church forward and help it reform.
Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:30 by Keith Porteous Wood
As a United Nations Committee on children's rights confronts the Vatican on its abysmal record on clerical paedophilia and criminal cover-ups, Keith Porteous Wood describes his role in bringing the Holy See to account.
Posted: Thu, 16 May 2013 13:50 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson questions if the recent political upheaval will add leverage for the opponents of gay marriage in the UK.
Posted: Thu, 09 May 2013 10:40 by Anne Marie Waters
Secularism does not control belief; it keeps religious oppressors away from power and, most importantly, keeps women safe and free from these oppressors.
Posted: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:54 by Terry Sanderson
It seems The Big Society is back – if only for the last nail to be driven into its coffin.
Posted: Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:33
As we await the inevitable media-inspired 'Popefest' from the Vatican, Alistair McBay wonders if the new Bishop of Rome will grasp the full meaning of the words transparency and accountability, and face up to the Herculean task of getting the Church's house in order.
Posted: Thu, 07 Mar 2013 19:20 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson says level of arrogant politicisation to which The Catholic church aspired under the papacy of Joseph Ratzinger was appalling, but perhaps the decline of support in the pews may bring the Church to its senses.
Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:05 by Alistair McBay
Who really has the interests of children awaiting adoption at heart? A tale of two adoption agencies by Alistair McBay.
Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:03 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on why it is hard for secularists to to resist the feelings of schadenfreude at the accumulating catastrophes that are assailing the Catholic Church.
Posted: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:00 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues that under Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican has become despised and resented throughout the world – greatly reducing its authority.