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Diocese stresses “purity” and “virtue of chastity” in Catholic schools’ sex education guidelines

Diocese stresses “purity” and “virtue of chastity” in Catholic schools’ sex education guidelines

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).

Huge gulf between Catholics and Church leaders over social issues, survey finds

Huge gulf between Catholics and Church leaders over social issues, survey finds

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.

"Fidelity to our Christian patrimony” makes UK great, says Catholic bishop

"Fidelity to our Christian patrimony” makes UK great, says Catholic bishop

Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:27

The Bishop of Portsmouth has urged Catholics to be 'vociferous' when taking part in the "democratic process".

Catholic Church child abuse cover-ups: Vatican justice is no justice at all

Catholic Church child abuse cover-ups: Vatican justice is no justice at all

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.

Australian Catholic schools criticised for distributing anti equal marriage propaganda

Australian Catholic schools criticised for distributing anti equal marriage propaganda

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.

Court ruling: local authorities are under no obligation to subsidise transport to faith schools

Court ruling: local authorities are under no obligation to subsidise transport to faith schools

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.

NSS urges Government to resist regressive demands to lift admissions cap on faith schools

NSS urges Government to resist regressive demands to lift admissions cap on faith schools

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.

Faith school closes so staff can go on religious pilgrimage

Faith school closes so staff can go on religious pilgrimage

Posted: Thu, 07 May 2015 14:38

A Catholic primary school in Birmingham closed for a day during term-time so that its staff could attend a pilgrimage to the Vatican.

Catholic school's transport 'discrimination' claim disputed by secularists

Catholic school's transport 'discrimination' claim disputed by secularists

Posted: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:50

Swansea Council is facing a judicial review after deciding to phase-out its subsidy for faith school students to have free transport to school.

Victims of historic child sex abuse speak out, after Catholic Church refuses to accept “liability” for the crimes of their priests

Victims of historic child sex abuse speak out, after Catholic Church refuses to accept “liability” for the crimes of their priests

Posted: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:57

The Catholic Church is refusing to accept "liability" for long-term sex abuse that went on at the Mirfield Junior Seminary, despite paying out £120,000 to eleven victims of child sex abuse.

Secularists protest Pope’s planned address to the European Parliament

Secularists protest Pope’s planned address to the European Parliament

Posted: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:45

Over a dozen secularist organisations have written to the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, objecting to his invitation to Pope Francis to address the Parliament.

Pope’s former envoy under arrest over child abuse charges

Pope’s former envoy under arrest over child abuse charges

Posted: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:21

Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, the highest ranking Catholic to be investigated over child abuse, is now under house arrest at the Vatican pending a criminal trial following accusations of the sexual abuse of minors in the Dominican Republic.

Head of Polish hospital dismissed after refusing abortion on religious grounds

Head of Polish hospital dismissed after refusing abortion on religious grounds

Posted: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:40

The head of a Polish public hospital has been dismissed for refusing on religious grounds to carry out an abortion on a woman whose unborn baby suffered from serious malformations.

EU rejects anti-stem cell and anti-choice citizen initiative

EU rejects anti-stem cell and anti-choice citizen initiative

Posted: Thu, 29 May 2014 12:53

The European Commission announced this week that it was to take no further action on the 'One of Us' citizen initiative.

UN Committee Against Torture criticises Vatican failures on child abuse

UN Committee Against Torture criticises Vatican failures on child abuse

Posted: Fri, 23 May 2014 13:11

The UN Committee Against Torture has criticised the Vatican (in its guise as The Holy See) for several failures in its handling of the child abuse scandal.

Vatican unveils figures on its punishment of child abusers

Vatican unveils figures on its punishment of child abusers

Posted: Wed, 07 May 2014 17:24

The Vatican has, for the first time, revealed how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children.

MPs call for Catholic schools to be given greater freedoms to discriminate in admissions

MPs call for Catholic schools to be given greater freedoms to discriminate in admissions

Posted: Thu, 01 May 2014 12:38

A number of Conservative MPs have called on the Government to scrap the 50% cap on faith based admissions to free schools, to give Catholic schools greater freedoms to discriminate on religious grounds.

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.