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‘Catholic certificate’ breaches admissions rules, says Schools Adjudicator

‘Catholic certificate’ breaches admissions rules, says Schools Adjudicator

Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:12

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) has upheld several complaints against a "Certificate of Catholic Practice" (CCP) required for school admissions.

Holy See ratification of UN Convention against Corruption dismissed as “window dressing”

Holy See ratification of UN Convention against Corruption dismissed as “window dressing”

Posted: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:11

The Holy See's ratification of the United Nations Convention against Corruption has been dismissed as mere "window dressing" by the National Secular Society.

Abuse case dismissed despite Cardinal admitting ‘mistakes’

Abuse case dismissed despite Cardinal admitting ‘mistakes’

Posted: Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:49

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin has been told by the prosecutor that he will not face charges following allegations that he had failed to report suspicions of child abuse by a priest under his control, as is required by French law.

Parents protest against religious discrimination in Irish schools

Parents protest against religious discrimination in Irish schools

Posted: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 13:54

Irish parents demonstrated over the weekend for reform to the country's school admissions – in an education landscape still dominated by the Catholic Church.

Sex abuse victims doubt Pope’s decree on negligent bishops

Sex abuse victims doubt Pope’s decree on negligent bishops

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.

Fugitive London priest arrested in Kosovo over child abuse allegations

Fugitive London priest arrested in Kosovo over child abuse allegations

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.

NSS urges Government to fix the date for Easter now, not wait indefinitely for religious consensus

NSS urges Government to fix the date for Easter now, not wait indefinitely for religious consensus

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.

Vatican officials face prosecution in France over failure to report sex abuse priest to police

Vatican officials face prosecution in France over failure to report sex abuse priest to police

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.

Religious rules in US Catholic hospitals putting female patients in danger

Religious rules in US Catholic hospitals putting female patients in danger

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.

Pope becomes more lenient on bishops over child abuse, again

Pope becomes more lenient on bishops over child abuse, again

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.

Catholics for Choice defend secularism against Pope’s misrepresentation

Catholics for Choice defend secularism against Pope’s misrepresentation

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.

Vatican tells new bishops they don’t “necessarily” need to report sex abuse of children

Vatican tells new bishops they don’t “necessarily” need to report sex abuse of children

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.

NSS welcomes moves by Church of England to fix the date of Easter

NSS welcomes moves by Church of England to fix the date of Easter

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

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

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.

University refuses to strip honorary degree from disgraced Cardinal O’Brien

University refuses to strip honorary degree from disgraced Cardinal O’Brien

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.

Mexico blasted by UN Child Rights watchdog over child abuse in Catholic institutions

Mexico blasted by UN Child Rights watchdog over child abuse in Catholic institutions

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".

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".