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Church review into abusive Bishop refuses to explicitly consider bullying of victims in its Terms of Reference

Church review into abusive Bishop refuses to explicitly consider bullying of victims in its Terms of Reference

Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:23

A victim of clerical abuse has refused to give evidence to a Church review of the Bishop Peter Ball case, after it declined to explicitly mention intimidation of victims in its Terms of Reference.

NSS urges schools commissioner to reject church plan to control community schools

NSS urges schools commissioner to reject church plan to control community schools

Posted: Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:25

The National Secular Society has called on the Regional Schools Commissioner for the North of England to oppose plans for a Church of England takeover of four Newcastle schools.

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.

Church cut contact with child abuse victim on order of insurers

Church cut contact with child abuse victim on order of insurers

Posted: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:12

A report by Ian Elliott, an expert in child safeguarding, has found "repeated failures" by clergy and bishops in the Church of England to deal with reports by survivors of child abuse.

Four Newcastle schools facing Church of England takeover

Four Newcastle schools facing Church of England takeover

Posted: Wed, 09 Mar 2016 12:16

Four non-religious schools are to be merged with a CofE primary under a single academy trust controlled by the Church of England, in a move described as a "takeover".

NSS raises alarm over major flaws in Church’s sex abuse inquiry

NSS raises alarm over major flaws in Church’s sex abuse inquiry

Posted: Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:54

The National Secular Society has warned that the Church's inquiry into their handling of the Bishop Peter Ball sex abuse case could leave significant questions unanswered.

Welby says separation of church and state “would not be a disaster”, admits establishment has been abused

Welby says separation of church and state “would not be a disaster”, admits establishment has been abused

Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:08

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that while he is opposed to the disestablishment of the Church of England, the separation of church and state would not be a disaster for the Anglican Church.

Church stresses “urgent need” to focus evangelism on children, young people and their parents

Church stresses “urgent need” to focus evangelism on children, young people and their parents

Posted: Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:19

The NSS has warned that publicly funded schools shouldn't be used for evangelism after a report from the Church of England stressed an "urgent need to focus on children, young people and their parents".

Church’s call to pray for Richard Dawkins is “cheap and nasty”, says bishop

Church’s call to pray for Richard Dawkins is “cheap and nasty”, says bishop

Posted: Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:22

Stephen Lowe, the former Anglican Bishop of Hulme, has criticised the Church of England's tweet offering prayers for Richard Dawkins following the professor's stroke.

Government praises “spiritual insight” of bishops in response to petition calling for their removal from the Lords

Government praises “spiritual insight” of bishops in response to petition calling for their removal from the Lords

Posted: Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:55

The Government has said that changes to the Lords are "important" but that the position of the bishops in the Upper House is not a "priority", in response to a petition calling for the removal of 26 bishops from the House of Lords.

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.

Church of England collapse strengthens the case for a secular UK

Church of England collapse strengthens the case for a secular UK

Posted: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:33

Weekly attendance at Church of England services has fallen below 1 million for the first time – bolstering the argument for a secular state.

National Secular Society defends cinemas’ freedom not to screen religious adverts

National Secular Society defends cinemas’ freedom not to screen religious adverts

Posted: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:38

The NSS has defended cinema chains' freedom to refuse religious or political advertising after the Equality and Human Rights Commission accused them of "failing to uphold Britain's long tradition of freedom of expression."

NSS: Church cannot escape blame for the failure to uncover truth about sex abuse

NSS: Church cannot escape blame for the failure to uncover truth about sex abuse

Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:24

The National Secular Society has said that the Church of England cannot escape blame following the jailing of a retired Anglican priest for sexual offences committed against boys as young as 14.

Former Anglican bishop Peter Ball jailed as victims sue Church of England over ‘cover-up’

Former Anglican bishop Peter Ball jailed as victims sue Church of England over ‘cover-up’

Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:12

Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Gloucester and Lewes, has been sentenced to 32 months in prison after pleading guilty to offences against 18 teenagers and young men – allegations Ball denied for over twenty years.

NSS asks Government to clarify religious influence on exhumations from public cemeteries

NSS asks Government to clarify religious influence on exhumations from public cemeteries

Posted: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:32

The National Secular Society has written to the Government to clarify whether the Church of England is seeking to block the exhumation of remains not buried on Church land.

Church of England voting guidance says religion cannot be separated from politics

Church of England voting guidance says religion cannot be separated from politics

Posted: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:51

The Church of England has published a letter advising Church members on the upcoming election, in a move which has drawn significant criticism.

Anglican vicar denounces Charlie Hebdo as “vile”, says religion should be protected from ridicule

Anglican vicar denounces Charlie Hebdo as “vile”, says religion should be protected from ridicule

Posted: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 16:38

An Anglican vicar has described the French satirical, anti-racist magazine Charlie Hebdo as a "nihilistic little rag" and compared their cartoons to the anti-Semitic publications of Nazi Germany.

Ofsted reveals “serious risk” to students’ physical and educational welfare in faith schools

Ofsted reveals “serious risk” to students’ physical and educational welfare in faith schools

Posted: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:15

A series of Ofsted investigations have exposed serious failings in six Islamic schools. The head of Ofsted, has warned the Education Secretary that pupils "may be vulnerable to extremist influences and radicalisation."

Promotion of 'British values' undermines Christian teaching, says Church of England: NSS responds

Promotion of 'British values' undermines Christian teaching, says Church of England: NSS responds

Posted: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:05

The Church of England has complained that the promotion of fundamental values such as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance in schools could undermine Christian teaching.