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Irish bishops want religious education staying under their control

Irish bishops want religious education staying under their control

Posted: Fri, 13 Apr 2012

The Irish government is about to start the process of taking some schools out of the control of the Catholic Church faces a clash with bishops over the proposed scrapping of an old primary school rule which states that religion should underpin every aspect of daily school life.

In a “revolutionary” move, Poland to reduce subsidies to the Catholic Church

In a “revolutionary” move, Poland to reduce subsidies to the Catholic Church

Posted: Thu, 05 Apr 2012

In an unprecedented move that is seen by some as "revolutionary", the Polish government is seeking to realign its relationship with the Catholic Church – and not in a way that the Vatican will like.

Gove backs voluntary cap on faith-based admissions in new Catholic school

Gove backs voluntary cap on faith-based admissions in new Catholic school

Posted: Fri, 30 Mar 2012

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has suggested that cap on faith-based admissions at a proposed new faith school in south west London would be "very sensible".

Why US Catholics are leaving the Church

Why US Catholics are leaving the Church

Posted: Thu, 29 Mar 2012

A survey of lapsed Catholics in the USA has tried to get to the root of why they abandoned the church. Their answers were not very surprising.

An unbridgeable gulf separates Norway and the Holy See on women’s rights at the United Nations

An unbridgeable gulf separates Norway and the Holy See on women’s rights at the United Nations

Posted: Wed, 21 Mar 2012

Two very contrasting statements about abortion and contraception were made this week at the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations.

Pope renews attack on IVF

Pope renews attack on IVF

Posted: Fri, 02 Mar 2012

Speaking at a conference on infertility in Rome, the Pope has renewed his attack on IVF treatments. He said artificial methods of getting pregnant were 'arrogance', insisting that sex between a husband and wife was the only acceptable way of conceiving.

Catholic midwives lose abortion 'conscientious objection' case

Catholic midwives lose abortion 'conscientious objection' case

Posted: Wed, 29 Feb 2012

Two Catholic midwives have lost a legal battle after claiming that being asked to supervise nurses involved in abortion procedures violated their religious conscience.

Italy orders Vatican to pay tax on its commercial property

Italy orders Vatican to pay tax on its commercial property

Posted: Fri, 24 Feb 2012

After 130,000 Italians signed an online petition calling for the Vatican to be taxed on its commercial properties, the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti, has said that such a tax will now be levied, bringing an end to the waivers that gave the Catholic Church millions of euros out of the taxpayers' pockets.

Vatican agitates to keep Costa Rica under its thumb

Vatican agitates to keep Costa Rica under its thumb

Posted: Fri, 24 Feb 2012

The Costa Rican government is under pressure from Catholic Bishops after it proposed legislation on abortion, in vitro fertilization, and homosexual unions.

Catholic and Episcopal churches shrinking

Catholic and Episcopal churches shrinking

Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2012

Statistics from the latest edition of the Catholic Directory of England and Wales reveal a picture of a shrinking church.

Vatican back in charge in Spain as Government promises to roll back abortion reforms

Vatican back in charge in Spain as Government promises to roll back abortion reforms

Posted: Fri, 03 Feb 2012

Spain's new right-wing government, headed by the People's Party, has announced that it will seek to reform the nation's abortion law, which permits abortion on demand during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, and allows minors to obtain the procedure without parental permission.

Pope attacks ‘radical secularism’ and orders US bishops to twist the arms of politicians over abortion

Pope attacks ‘radical secularism’ and orders US bishops to twist the arms of politicians over abortion

Posted: Thu, 19 Jan 2012

The pope has again railed against what he sees as the dangers posed by "radical secularism".

Catholic schools are for religious recruitment, admits bishop

Catholic schools are for religious recruitment, admits bishop

Posted: Fri, 13 Jan 2012

The Catholic bishop of Lancaster has said that the purpose of Catholic schools is to evangelise, and that if some schools have mainly non-Catholic pupils, then they have no purpose in the Church's "mission of salvation."

Opus Dei to open new Catholic schools

Opus Dei to open new Catholic schools

Posted: Thu, 05 Jan 2012

The secretive, sinister and extremely wealthy Catholic organisation Opus Dei - originally started by supporters of the fascist Franco regime in Spain - is sponsoring two secondary schools to open in Britain by September 2013.