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Newsline 8 March 2013

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The Catholic Church must change or die

The Catholic Church must change or die

Opinion | Thu, 07 Mar 2013

Terry Sanderson says level of arrogant politicisation to which The Catholic church aspired under the papacy of Joseph Ratzinger was appalling, but perhaps the decline of support in the pews may bring the Church to its senses.

Children in Scotland awaiting adoption - who puts their best interests first?

Children in Scotland awaiting adoption - who puts their best interests first?

Opinion | Thu, 28 Feb 2013

Who really has the interests of children awaiting adoption at heart? A tale of two adoption agencies by Alistair McBay.

It’s OK to criticize religious practices

It’s OK to criticize religious practices

Opinion | Wed, 06 Mar 2013

In a new academic paper Brian D. Earp argues that a firm distinction must be drawn between criticisms of religious practices that stem from irrational prejudice and bigoted attitudes and those that are grounded in sound moral reasoning.

Sheffield Council to reconsider plan to scrap free bus travel to religious schools

Sheffield Council to reconsider plan to scrap free bus travel to religious schools

News | Mon, 04 Mar 2013

Sheffield City Council is to postpone scrapping free bus travel for pupils attending religious schools after parents threatened legal action over what they consider the inadequacy of the initial consultation.

NSS Speaks Out

Alistair McBay was quoted by the BBC, STV, Glasgow Evening Times, Paisley Daily Express, Pink News and Gay Star News on the charity regulator's decision to uphold its ruling against St Margaret's Catholic adoption agency.

Keith Porteous Wood discussed the Girl Guides' review of their "promise" on BBC local radio stations around the country. He was also on the popular Call Kaye programme on BBC Radio Scotland, debating the Cardinal Keith O'Brien scandal. Terry Sanderson was on LBC radio on the same topic.

Stephen Evans discussed the need to reform Religious Education on BBC Radio Kent

The NSS was quoted in this story in the Guardian about the Supreme Court decision that establishes that the Catholic Church has vicarious liability for the abuse carried out by its priests. We were also quoted in the Guardian on the prospect of caste discrimination being outlawed.

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