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Newsline 15 February 2013

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Joseph Ratzinger’s failed papacy may have fatally undermined the Vatican

Joseph Ratzinger’s failed papacy may have fatally undermined the Vatican

Opinion | Mon, 11 Feb 2013

Terry Sanderson argues that under Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican has become despised and resented throughout the world – greatly reducing its authority.

New survey reveals that most religious people are not anti abortion (not even Catholics)

New survey reveals that most religious people are not anti abortion (not even Catholics)

News | Fri, 15 Feb 2013

A new YouGov survey commissioned for the Westminster Faith Debates finds only 14% of Catholics in this country are in favour of a ban on abortion. 43% of people who identify with a religion are in favour of keeping or raising the current 24 week limit

Local authority abandons plans to prioritise faith school pupils in community school admissions

Local authority abandons plans to prioritise faith school pupils in community school admissions

News | Wed, 13 Feb 2013

Surrey County Council has confirmed it will not accept a proposal to amend the admissions criteria for Reigate Priory School which would have indirectly given preferential admission arrangements to pupils whose parents regularly attend Church of England services.

Villagers angered by plans to open new Sikh faith school

Villagers angered by plans to open new Sikh faith school

News | Wed, 13 Feb 2013

Local residents have reacted angrily to plans to open a new Sikh faith academy school in a Buckinghamshire village.

Fundamentalist Catholic group moves into education

Fundamentalist Catholic group moves into education

News | Tue, 12 Feb 2013

The secretive and ultra conservative Catholic organisation Opus Dei is thought to be behind the opening of a new private school in Croydon.

Romanian secularists want an end to state sponsorship of churches

Romanian secularists want an end to state sponsorship of churches

News | Thu, 14 Feb 2013

Twenty-three civic organisations in Romania have asked parliament to end the public financing of religious denominations, saying the money would be better spent on health or education.

Have you got your ticket for Secularist of the Year? Book now and avoid disappointment

Have you got your ticket for Secularist of the Year? Book now and avoid disappointment

News | Fri, 01 Feb 2013

This year's Secularist of the Year lunch is approaching (Saturday 23 March) and it promises to be a very special occasion. We hope that you'll join us for the NSS's premier social event.

NSS Speaks Out

Terry Sanderson's blog on the resignation of the pope made waves round the world, being quoted in the Guardian, Metro, USA Today, Politicus USA, Benzinga, Examiner and tacked on to the end of the BBC's usual fawning, Voice of Russia, Independent and Irish Times.

Terry was also on BBC London 94.9 and LBC Radio and Keith Porteous Wood appeared on the Russia Today TV channel.

Film Release: Mea Maxima Culpa – Silence in the House of God

Alex Gibney's devastating film about the Catholic sex abuse scandals opens in Britain today. It pulls no punches and shows that the trail of guilt leads straight to the door of Joseph Ratzinger. It will have only a limited release, but cinemas showing it can be found here.

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