Tags: Catholic Church
Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 by Terry Sanderson
The Vatican's refusal to provide information requested by the United Nations on the alleged sexual abuse of children could mean Pope Francis's honeymoon period ends in ignominy, just like his predecessor, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Anecdotal reports of a rise in Catholic mass attendance since the arrival of the new Pope do not seem to be supported by systematically obtained data – at least in USA., blogs Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 by Anne Marie Waters
Concordats are a little known tool of the Vatican to impose its dogma in to the public square. They are anti-democratic and anti-secular and, as Anne Marie Waters argues, are having a serious impact on the safety and health of millions of women.
Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues that Pope Bergoglio won't move the Catholic Church forward and help it reform.
Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood
As a United Nations Committee on children's rights confronts the Vatican on its abysmal record on clerical paedophilia and criminal cover-ups, Keith Porteous Wood describes his role in bringing the Holy See to account.
Posted: Thu, 16 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson questions if the recent political upheaval will add leverage for the opponents of gay marriage in the UK.
Posted: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson
It seems The Big Society is back – if only for the last nail to be driven into its coffin.
Posted: Tue, 12 Mar 2013 by Alistair McBay
As we await the inevitable media-inspired 'Popefest' from the Vatican, Alistair McBay wonders if the new Bishop of Rome will grasp the full meaning of the words transparency and accountability, and face up to the Herculean task of getting the Church's house in order.
Posted: Thu, 07 Mar 2013 by Terry Sanderson
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.
Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 by Alistair McBay
Who really has the interests of children awaiting adoption at heart? A tale of two adoption agencies by Alistair McBay.
Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on why it is hard for secularists to to resist the feelings of schadenfreude at the accumulating catastrophes that are assailing the Catholic Church.
Posted: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues that under Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican has become despised and resented throughout the world – greatly reducing its authority.
Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 by Catherine Le Fur
Catherine Le Fur on the intensifying debate in France over the French Government's plans to legalise same-sex marriage
Posted: Wed, 07 Nov 2012 by Stephen Evans
If this election has told politicians one thing, it should be that they should listen to the voters and not to the religious lobbyists who are trying to write their doctrines into law.
Posted: Fri, 02 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson
After coming under fire for nominating Cardinal Keith O'Brien as "Bigot of the Year", Terry Sanderson defends Stonewall and agrees the Cardinal is a bigot, and that the award was appropriate and well-deserved.
Posted: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson
While many will write it off as red meat being thrown to the raving fundamentalists on the back bench of the Tory Party, Terry Sanderson says the appointment of Baroness Warsi as "Minister for Faith and Communities" is potentially threatening for secularism.
Posted: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 by Claire McCormack
Ireland awaits a September report on its abortion laws by a European Court of Human Rights panel of experts at a time of rising political tensions over the issue and a backdrop of steep declines in the popularity of religion.
Posted: Tue, 07 Aug 2012 by Alistair McBay
Alistair McBay argues that the Vatican should put its own financial house in order before lecturing the financial sector on ethical banking.
Posted: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson says the Vatican's great plan to reassert its authority in the Western world has so far delivered little in the way of results.
Posted: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Ratzinger is wailing about the publication of a book, His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI, by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi. It is based on documents leaked from the Vatican by un-named sources. The documents reveal a web of corruption and cronyism within the walls of Vatican City that would put a Dan Brown novel to shame.
The Catholic Church is trying to flex its political muscle to humiliate Obama – but does it still have the strength?
Posted: Thu, 24 May 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has ramped up the Catholic Church's politically motivated assault on the Obama administration by accusing the President of "strangling" religious freedom by requiring Catholic employers to provide workers with birth control coverage.
Posted: Fri, 04 May 2012 by Alistair McBay
Does the British Government regard hacking into celebrity telephone mailboxes a greater crime than the brutal and systematic rape of innocent children?
Posted: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The Catholic Church seems to be turning itself from being a religious body into being a rather unpleasant political party – one that is so reactionary it makes the Tea Party look like the Teddy Bears Picnic.
Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on how the Church of England plays on the shortness of memory to rewrite its often unpleasant history.
Posted: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson warns that Baroness Warsi risks starting a culture war that she cannot win.