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Catholic sex abuse scandal: how will Pope Francis make the Church accountable?

Catholic sex abuse scandal: how will Pope Francis make the Church accountable?

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.

Tags: Catholic Church

Is the “Francis Effect” just a figment of Catholic wishful thinking?

Is the “Francis Effect” just a figment of Catholic wishful thinking?

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.

Tags: Catholic Church

Do you know what a Concordat is?

Do you know what a Concordat is?

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.

Tags: Catholic Church

It may be a new velvet glove, but it’s the same old iron fist at the Vatican

It may be a new velvet glove, but it’s the same old iron fist at the Vatican

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.

Tags: Catholic Church, Pope

Will the UN finally bring the Vatican to account for its child abuse crimes?

Will the UN finally bring the Vatican to account for its child abuse crimes?

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.

Tags: Child Abuse, Pope, Catholic Church

Same-sex marriage – is Cameron’s commitment wobbling?

Same-sex marriage – is Cameron’s commitment wobbling?

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.

Tags: Catholic Church, Marriage Equality, Pope, David Cameron

At last – churches recognise The Big Society for the Big Con that it was

At last – churches recognise The Big Society for the Big Con that it was

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.

Tags: Catholic Church, Big Society, David Cameron, Conservative Party

The sorry tale of the Catholic Church in Scotland continues to unfold

The sorry tale of the Catholic Church in Scotland continues to unfold

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.

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The Catholic Church must change or die

The Catholic Church must change or die

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.

Tags: Catholic Church, Pope

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

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

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.

Tags: LGBTQ rights, Catholic Church, Adoption, St Margaret's

Is the Catholic Church at last getting the come-uppance it has so long deserved?

Is the Catholic Church at last getting the come-uppance it has so long deserved?

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.

Tags: Catholic Church

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

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

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.

Tags: Catholic Church, Pope, Child Abuse

French confrontation of church and state over gay marriage

French confrontation of church and state over gay marriage

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

Tags: Catholic Church, Marriage Equality, France

An important lesson that politicians can learn from the American election

An important lesson that politicians can learn from the American election

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.

Tags: Catholic Church, USA, Politics, Obama, Romney

Stonewall is right – the Cardinal is a bigot

Stonewall is right – the Cardinal is a bigot

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.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Catholic Church, Marriage Equality, LGBTQ rights

Politicians and “faith leaders” make a gruesome combination

Politicians and “faith leaders” make a gruesome combination

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.

Tags: Catholic Church, Church & State

Ireland awaits Human Rights report on its abortion law

Ireland awaits Human Rights report on its abortion law

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.

Tags: Gender Equality, Church & State, Catholic Church, Reproductive Rights, Ireland

Motes and beams in banking ethics

Motes and beams in banking ethics

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.

Tags: Pope, Catholic Church, Finance

The Catholic push for power is failing

The Catholic push for power is failing

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.

Tags: Church & State, Catholic Church, USA, Reproductive Rights

The wailing pope and his dirty laundry

The wailing pope and his dirty laundry

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.

Tags: Catholic Church, Pope

The Catholic Church is trying to flex its political muscle to humiliate Obama – but does it still have the strength?

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.

Tags: Church & State, Catholic Church, USA, Reproductive Rights

Murdoch no match for Benedict in the 'unfit to govern' stakes

Murdoch no match for Benedict in the 'unfit to govern' stakes

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?

Tags: Catholic Church, Child Abuse

Hitler, Stalin, Obama and a belligerent Catholic Church

Hitler, Stalin, Obama and a belligerent Catholic Church

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.

Tags: Catholic Church, USA, Obama, Reproductive Rights

The Church of England – myth and reality

The Church of England – myth and reality

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.

Tags: Church & State, Christianity, Catholic Church, Church of England

Baroness Warsi and her gang of pious politicos are out of step with the nation

Baroness Warsi and her gang of pious politicos are out of step with the nation

Posted: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson warns that Baroness Warsi risks starting a culture war that she cannot win.

Tags: Church & State, Christianity, Catholic Church, 'Militant' secularism