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Bishop wants to withhold communion from Catholic MPs who vote against doctrine

Bishop wants to withhold communion from Catholic MPs who vote against doctrine

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:37

The Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan, has said in an interview that Catholic politicians who voted for same-sex marriage should be denied Communion.

Trust in religion falls in Poland

Trust in religion falls in Poland

Posted: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:42

An opinion poll in Poland shows that trust and attachment to the Catholic Church is falling, despite the new Pope.

UN children's body slates Vatican over child abuse

UN children's body slates Vatican over child abuse

Posted: Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:21

A United Nations committee has issued a scathing report accusing the Vatican of putting the reputation and interests of the Holy See above the interests of children who had been sexually abused by priests.

Catholic adoption agency ruling ‘kicks a hole through Equality Act’, warns NSS

Catholic adoption agency ruling ‘kicks a hole through Equality Act’, warns NSS

Posted: Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:53

The NSS has warned that a decision by the Scottish Charities Appeal Panel about a Catholic adoption agency that discriminates against gay couples "kicks a hole right through the middle of the Equality Act".

Vatican challenged by UN over its handling of child abuse

Vatican challenged by UN over its handling of child abuse

Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:51

Representatives from the Vatican have faced tough questions over the Holy See's record on sexual abuse and other forms of violence against children by a UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in Geneva.

Catholic Church faces question from UN over handling of child abuse

Catholic Church faces question from UN over handling of child abuse

Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:18

The Vatican will today be questioned about its record on child sexual violence by a UN Committee.

Vatican ducks questions from UN on the worldwide child abuse in Catholic institutions

Vatican ducks questions from UN on the worldwide child abuse in Catholic institutions

Posted: Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:15

The Vatican has failed to provide detailed information on cases of child sexual abuse, as requested by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Vatican signs new agreement with right-wing Hungarian regime

Vatican signs new agreement with right-wing Hungarian regime

Posted: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:15

The Vatican has signed an agreement with the right-wing Hungarian Government this week, modifying the 1997 concordat.

Polish Catholic Church on the spot over paedophile priests and child abuse cover ups

Polish Catholic Church on the spot over paedophile priests and child abuse cover ups

Posted: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:08

Polish radio is reporting that a man who, as a child, was abused by a Catholic priest has written to the Pope after the Church refused to entertain a compensation claim.

Irish Government to pursue religious orders for €250 million in unpaid compensation to abuse victims

Irish Government to pursue religious orders for €250 million in unpaid compensation to abuse victims

Posted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:55

The Cabinet of the Irish Government agreed this week to pursue religious orders for payment of the remaining €250 million needed to make up their half of the cost of €1.46 billion compensation promised to victims.

Nuns say they will contribute nothing to Magdalene Laundry survivors’ compensation

Nuns say they will contribute nothing to Magdalene Laundry survivors’ compensation

Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:10

The four orders of nuns that ran the notorious Magdalene Laundries in Ireland have said they have no intention of contributing anything towards the compensation fund set up by the Irish Government.

US Catholics bishops condemned for trying to impose their dogmas through law

US Catholics bishops condemned for trying to impose their dogmas through law

Posted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:09

An open letter issued by the American Catholic Bishops Conference which seeks legal restrictions on abortion and contraception has been condemned as "Orwellian" by the Catholics for Choice organisation.

Catholic midwives face further legal challenge to “conscience” exemption

Catholic midwives face further legal challenge to “conscience” exemption

Posted: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:35

Two Catholic midwives who, in April, won a legal case at Scotland's supreme civil court for the right to conscientious exemption from all involvement in abortion procedures, now face a further legal challenge.

Religious discrimination against teachers challenged in Northern Ireland

Religious discrimination against teachers challenged in Northern Ireland

Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 10:44

Northern Ireland's biggest employer of teachers in Catholic schools has called for the scrapping of legislation that allows schools to legally discriminate on religious grounds.

Protestors in the Czech Republic ask Pope to practise what he preaches

Protestors in the Czech Republic ask Pope to practise what he preaches

Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 11:39

Top writers, film-makers and artists in the Czech Republic are asking the Pope to practise what he preaches and to prevent the Czech Government from returning state-owned property to the country's Catholic Church.

Statistics show massive loss of interest in Catholicism in England and Wales

Statistics show massive loss of interest in Catholicism in England and Wales

Posted: Mon, 20 May 2013 12:47

Following the bad news for Christian leaders generally from the census figures, new research by the Latin Mass Society illustrates a catastrophic decline in Catholicism in Britain.

As the country struggles with its finances, new tax perks for churches are brought in

As the country struggles with its finances, new tax perks for churches are brought in

Posted: Thu, 16 May 2013 11:34

Catholic parish churches will be able to claim from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) an extra 20% for each donation of up to £20 without requiring the giver to complete a form.

Abortion reforms in Spain: government accused of return to Franco era

Abortion reforms in Spain: government accused of return to Franco era

Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 14:28

The Spanish Government is preparing a reform to the country's abortion law that, some have argued, will return Spain to a situation similar to the one that existed under General Franco's dictatorship.

Impartiality of Scottish judiciary undermined by religious ceremonies, say NSS

Impartiality of Scottish judiciary undermined by religious ceremonies, say NSS

Posted: Fri, 03 May 2013 10:33

The National Secular Society has written to Kenny MacAskill MSP, the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Justice to draw his attention to a possible undermining of the impartiality, integrity and independence of the Scottish judiciary.

Protests as Luton council cuts free transport to religious schools

Protests as Luton council cuts free transport to religious schools

Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:53

Councillors walked out of a meeting at Luton Town Hall this week when observers in the public gallery began shouting and waving placards in protest at the Councils plans to end free transport for pupils attending religious schools.