Tags: Catholic Church
Posted: Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:39
A new decree issued by Pope Francis under which bishops can be removed from office over negligence involving abuse of minors or vulnerable adults has been greeted with cynicism by the NSS and a victim support group.
Posted: Mon, 16 May 2016 09:51
A top Benedictine monk who has been accused of child abuse has been arrested after five years on the run.
Posted: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:50
The NSS has urged the Government to fix the date for the Easter public holiday – warning that religious consensus is likely to take decades and may even be impossible.
Posted: Tue, 08 Mar 2016 13:25
Senior Vatican officials are facing investigation in France over the "non-reporting of crime" and endangering lives, following allegations that clerical sex abuse was not reported to the police.
Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:01
A report leaked to the Guardian has exposed extraordinary risks taken with the health of female patients by forcing them to undergo unsafe miscarriages.
Posted: Fri, 19 Feb 2016 13:55
The National Secular Society has strongly criticised Pope Francis' call for bishops who moved paedophile priests between parishes to resign and warned that this does not go nearly far enough.
Posted: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:04
A liberal international Catholic group has criticised the Pope for misrepresenting secularism in a joint declaration he issued with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Posted: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:40
The National Secular Society has expressed its concern over guidelines for newly appointed bishops published by the Vatican which state that bishops do not always need to report clerical sex abuse to the authorities.
Posted: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:25
The National Secular Society has welcomed efforts by the Church of England to fix the date of Easter, something the NSS called for in 2015 in light of the disruption the changeable date causes to schools and business.
Catholic Church intervenes in NI abortion court case to restrict access to abortion for rape victims
Posted: Fri, 08 Jan 2016 10:56
The Catholic Church in Northern Ireland is pressing the attorney general to appeal the 2015 High Court ruling that allowed abortion in cases of incest, rape or fatal foetal abnormalities.
Catholic Church criticised at UN Human Rights Council over continued failure to address child sex abuse
Posted: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:32
The Catholic Church has been strongly criticised at the UN Human Rights Council for obstructing disclosure of child abuse and payment of victims' compensation.
Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:55
St Andrew's University has rejected attempts to strip Cardinal Keith O'Brien of an honorary degree, despite his role in blocking an inquiry into sex abuse and his admission of sexual misconduct.
Posted: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:52
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has strongly criticised Mexico over "corroborated reports that hundreds of children have been sexually abused for years by clerics of the Catholic Church and other religious faiths".
Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:16
New guidelines from the Diocese of Portsmouth say that Catholic schools should promote "chastity" as the "underlying theme" of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE).
Posted: Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:33
A survey of Catholics in England and Wales has found a very large gap between their views and the teachings of the church on gay marriage, contraception and divorce.
Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:27
The Bishop of Portsmouth has urged Catholics to be 'vociferous' when taking part in the "democratic process".
Posted: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:34
The National Secular Society has dismissed Pope Francis' new tribunal to hear the cases of bishops implicated in covering up child sex abuse as a "PR stunt" and continuing to assist clerics escape justice over allegations.
Posted: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:21
The Catholic Church has sent a booklet entitled "Don't Mess With Marriage" to 56 primary and secondary schools in Australia, prompting criticism from Australian secularists.
Posted: Fri, 22 May 2015 15:22
A judge has ruled that the state is not obliged to subsidise transportation to and from faith schools, despite ruling in favour of a Catholic school in a case over subsidised school transport.
Posted: Wed, 20 May 2015 12:57
The NSS has urged the Government to resist regressive demands to allow more discrimination in faith schools after it emerged the Catholic Education Service is lobbying "hard" to remove the cap on faith-based admissions to academies – and is hopeful that the Government will revisit the issue.