Tags: Catholic Church
Posted: Fri, 19 Feb 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Bishop of Portsmouth has urged Catholics to be 'vociferous' when taking part in the "democratic process".
Posted: Wed, 10 Jun 2015
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
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
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
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.
Posted: Thu, 07 May 2015
A Catholic primary school in Birmingham closed for a day during term-time so that its staff could attend a pilgrimage to the Vatican.
Posted: Tue, 10 Feb 2015
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
Posted: Mon, 10 Nov 2014
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.
Posted: Fri, 31 Oct 2014
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.
Posted: Wed, 24 Sep 2014
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.