Tue, 26 Feb 2019

George Pell: Cardinal found guilty of sexual offences in Australia

George Pell: Cardinal found guilty of sexual offences in Australia

Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty of sexual offences in Australia, making him the highest-ranking Catholic figure to receive such a conviction.

BBC News

'George Pell waged war on sex – even as he abused children'

'George Pell waged war on sex – even as he abused children'

"This prince of the church was a superb political operator. Listing sins and condemning sinners kept him in the news."

The Guardian

'Cardinal Pell: Poisoned power at the top of the Church'

'Cardinal Pell: Poisoned power at the top of the Church'

"News of his conviction for child sexual abuse is a grave blow not just to the church, but also to Pope Francis personally."

BBC News

'Vatican is hiding evidence of abuse' - Letter from NSS president

'Vatican is hiding evidence of abuse' - Letter from NSS president

In a letter to The Times, Keith Porteous Wood says institutions such as the Catholic Church are completely unable to police themselves.

The Times (£)

'The Catholic Church’s "Ravenous Wolves"'

'The Catholic Church’s "Ravenous Wolves"'

""Prepare for divine justice," Pope Francis warned abusive priests at Christmas. "Ravenous wolves," he called them in his speech to the Vatican gathering. But when it came to action, the talk was once again of changing hearts and minds, of changing a centuries-old culture."

The New York Times

Children over 14 will be able to opt in for sex education classes, government confirms

Children over 14 will be able to opt in for sex education classes, government confirms

Children from the age of 15 will be able to opt into sex education classes against the wishes of their parents, the education secretary has confirmed.

The Independent

"The vocal minority turns up the volume on protesting sex education"

"The vocal minority turns up the volume on protesting sex education"

"Does this volume of signatures represent a groundswell of parental pushback against RSE? Or is it an outcry from a vocal minority that opposes sex education?"

Medium

Hezbollah to be added to UK list of terrorist organisations

Hezbollah to be added to UK list of terrorist organisations

The UK Parliament is set to pass new rules classifying Hezbollah, a Shia Islamist political, military and social organisation, as a terrorist group.

BBC News

Theresa May allowed spy chief to resign for 'family reasons' after he helped paedophile Catholic priest avoid jail

Theresa May allowed spy chief to resign for 'family reasons' after he helped paedophile Catholic priest avoid jail

One of Britain's top spy chiefs quit after it emerged that he helped a paedophile Catholic priest avoid jail.

Mail on Sunday

 Could Prince of Wales axe part of coronation after Queen's death? - NSS quoted

Could Prince of Wales axe part of coronation after Queen's death? - NSS quoted

Prince Charles is could change a "profoundly Christian" part of the coronation service when he becomes king after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, according to religion experts.

Express

'Women who fought for Salman Rushdie'

'Women who fought for Salman Rushdie'

"The 30th anniversary of the fatwa on Salman Rushdie is also a milestone of women protesting against fundamentalism"

LiveMint

Families make new bid to swim on Sundays

Families make new bid to swim on Sundays

A new bid has been made by families to swim on Sundays on the Sabbatarian stronghold of Lewis.

The Press and Journal

Mon, 25 Feb 2019

Lessons about relationships and sex to be compulsory

Lessons about relationships and sex to be compulsory

Compulsory lessons to teach children in England about gay and trans relationships will be outlined in guidance to head teachers to be published today. The guidance will also spell out the end of parents' right to opt their children out of sex and relationships education classes in secondary school.

The Sunday Times (£)

New sex ed guidance to cover subjects including FGM

New sex ed guidance to cover subjects including FGM

The Department for Education has unveiled fresh guidelines for sex and health education across England. The government's announcement comes amid a backlash from parent groups who do not want sex education to be a mandatory part of the curriculum.

The Guardian

Campaigners furious after pope's 'defensive' speech on child abuse

Campaigners furious after pope's 'defensive' speech on child abuse

Activists for survivors of clerical sexual abuse have reacted furiously after Pope Francis failed to promise a "zero tolerance" approach to paedophile priests and the bishops who cover up their crimes as he closed a landmark summit at the Vatican.

The Guardian

Support for assisted dying law change grows in Scotland

Support for assisted dying law change grows in Scotland

Campaigners have claimed a groundswell of public support as they embark on a new drive to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland, including from MSPs.

Daily Record

Catholic cardinal says abuse files were destroyed

Catholic cardinal says abuse files were destroyed

A senior Roman Catholic Cardinal has said that files documenting child sexual abuse were destroyed, allowing offences to continue.

BBC

Head of Catholic order failed to tell police of sexual abuse at London school

Head of Catholic order failed to tell police of sexual abuse at London school

The head of one of the country's most powerful Catholic orders was made aware of sex abuse allegations at one of its schools but did not alert the authorities – contrary to the recommendations of a church commission on which he sat.

The Observer

Police called in after medics attacked by anti-abortion campaigners

Police called in after medics attacked by anti-abortion campaigners

Police have been called in by medics attacked by pro-life abortion campaigners, as experts warn that social media has made these activists more militant.

The Telegraph

Catholic Church faces mounting pressure to help 'traumatised' Scots children of priests

Catholic Church faces mounting pressure to help 'traumatised' Scots children of priests

The Catholic Church is facing a growing scandal over children secretly fathered by priests in Scotland.

The Herald on Sunday

Student ‘kicked out of university after saying halal meat is “inhumane” and “barbaric”’

Student ‘kicked out of university after saying halal meat is “inhumane” and “barbaric”’

A student who criticised halal meat and the 'Islamisation' of the UK has reportedly been thrown out of a university for his views. He has been told he may only return if he signs a 'good conduct agreement' and agrees to go on a 'diversity training course'.

Metro

‘I’ll defy the hate’, says teacher targeted over LGBT lessons

‘I’ll defy the hate’, says teacher targeted over LGBT lessons

Sian Griffiths interviews Andrew Moffatt, assistant head teacher of a primary school in Birmingham, who has faced death threats for his commitment to diversity.

The Sunday Times (£)

Swiss government snubs move to scrap 'blasphemy' law

Swiss government snubs move to scrap 'blasphemy' law

The Swiss government has said it will not lend its support to plans to strike a 'blasphemy' clause from the country's penal code despite similar moves in other countries in recent times.

The Local (Switzerland)

Cuba’s evangelical alliance leads crusade against gay marriage

Cuba’s evangelical alliance leads crusade against gay marriage

A group called Conservative Christianity has become a political force in Cuba's referendum on its new constitution.

The Observer

Fri, 22 Feb 2019

Charedi Jewish group claims LGBT education threatens “tolerance and respect for religion”

Charedi Jewish group claims LGBT education threatens “tolerance and respect for religion”

A large Orthodox Jewish group in the UK has written to the education secretary telling him that Britain's policy of "tolerance and respect for religion" is now "under threat" because schools have to teach about non-heterosexual relations.

Jewish News

Parliamentary report calls for equal marriage extension to British Overseas Territories

Parliamentary report calls for equal marriage extension to British Overseas Territories

A report from the UK parliament's foreign affairs committee has called on the government to extend equal marriage to the British Overseas Territories.

Pink News

Attempt to block establishment of Jewish society at University of Essex

Attempt to block establishment of Jewish society at University of Essex

Essex University has found itself at the centre of an anti-Semitism row, after a proposal to create a Jewish society at the university met with resistance from students.

The Week

‘Gay conversion therapy proves there’s still bigotry towards LGBT people’

‘Gay conversion therapy proves there’s still bigotry towards LGBT people’

Julie Bindel says laws upholding the rights of lesbians and gay men have come far – it's society's attitude that now has to catch up.

The Guardian

FGM survivor's family threw a party 'like it was Christmas' when mutilating her

FGM survivor's family threw a party 'like it was Christmas' when mutilating her

A survivor of female genital mutilation has described how her family threw a 'party' the day she was maimed to make it "feel like Christmas".

Mirror

Taiwan unveils Asia's first draft law on same-sex marriage

Taiwan unveils Asia's first draft law on same-sex marriage

Taiwan has proposed a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Asia's first such bill, but the legislation was criticized by rights activists and conservative groups amid a heated debate over marriage equality.

Reuters

Indian cardinal ‘tipped to be next pope’ forced to admit failings on eve of sex abuse summit

Indian cardinal ‘tipped to be next pope’ forced to admit failings on eve of sex abuse summit

As Pope Francis opened a four-day conference to address the issue of sexual abuse in the Catholic clergy, one of the church's most senior figures was accused of failing to act when incidents of abuse were called to his attention.

The Independent

Catholic Church's problems with abuse are playing out in India amid summit

Catholic Church's problems with abuse are playing out in India amid summit

As more than 200 leaders from the Roman Catholic Church meet in Rome for an unprecedented summit to address clergy sexual abuse, a crisis is being renewed in India.

CNN

Proposals to eliminate religious exemptions from vaccination laws in some US states

Proposals to eliminate religious exemptions from vaccination laws in some US states

In recent weeks some US state legislatures have proposed eliminating religious exemptions from vaccination laws.

The Washington Post

US anti-abortion group plans to target women seeking abortions in car parks

US anti-abortion group plans to target women seeking abortions in car parks

An anti-abortion group from the United States is planning a major operation in Ireland to intercept rape victims and couples who've gone through fatal foetal abnormalities in the car parks of abortions clinics.

Irish Central

Thu, 21 Feb 2019

Ofsted says schools should teach pupils about same-sex couples

Ofsted says schools should teach pupils about same-sex couples

All children must learn about same sex couples regardless of their religious background, the chief inspector of schools in England has said.

BBC

Council accused of “culture of secrecy” over non-stun halal in schools – NSS quoted

Council accused of “culture of secrecy” over non-stun halal in schools – NSS quoted

Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire has been accused of a "culture of secrecy" over the issue of non-stun meat in schools.

Telegraph & Argus

69% of conversion therapy survivors have had suicidal thoughts, poll finds

69% of conversion therapy survivors have had suicidal thoughts, poll finds

A poll of LGBTI conversion therapy survivors found that 68.7% of respondents have had suicidal thoughts, while 32.4% have attempted suicide.

Gay Star News

Nursery’s successful appeal against religious discrimination ruling could leave faith school teachers vulnerable, say campaigners

Nursery’s successful appeal against religious discrimination ruling could leave faith school teachers vulnerable, say campaigners

A judge has ruled that an Orthodox Jewish nursery did not religiously discriminate against a teacher it sacked because she was living with her partner prior to marriage. Campaigners say the ruling could leave faith school teachers vulnerable to discrimination.

The Independent

Leicester Cathedral £11.3m expansion plans approved

Leicester Cathedral £11.3m expansion plans approved

Plans to extend the cathedral where King Richard III was interred have been approved, despite concerns raised by Historic England.

BBC

Pope Francis decries critics of church as 'friends of the devil'

Pope Francis decries critics of church as 'friends of the devil'

Pope Francis has said that those who regularly criticise the Catholic church are "friends of the devil".

The Guardian

Catholic Church cover-up of sex abuse linked to secret gay culture in Vatican, book claims on eve of papal summit

Catholic Church cover-up of sex abuse linked to secret gay culture in Vatican, book claims on eve of papal summit

Decades of sex abuse cover-ups within the Catholic Church are intrinsically linked to the fact that so many cardinals, bishops and priests are gay, the author of a new book on homosexuality within the Vatican has said.

The Telegraph

‘“It is not a closet – it is a cage”: gay Catholic priests speak out’

‘“It is not a closet – it is a cage”: gay Catholic priests speak out’

Elizabeth Dias says the crisis over sexuality in the Catholic Church goes beyond abuse. It goes to the heart of the priesthood, into a closet that is trapping thousands of men.

The New York Times

‘The Catholic Church is bursting with secrets. Investigating one will unravel them all’

‘The Catholic Church is bursting with secrets. Investigating one will unravel them all’

Garry Wills says the secrecies in the Catholic Church are so interdependent that if one is exposed, so many others may be.

The Washington Post

Whistleblowing imam wins unfair dismissal case against Edinburgh mosque

Whistleblowing imam wins unfair dismissal case against Edinburgh mosque

An imam who blew the whistle on his mosque has won a case for unfair dismissal.

The Herald

Teacher targeted over LGBT work shortlisted for $1m global award

Teacher targeted over LGBT work shortlisted for $1m global award

A primary school teacher who has been the target of protests by parents concerned about teachings on LGBT rights and equalities has been chosen as a finalist in a prestigious $1m global education award.

The Guardian

Wed, 20 Feb 2019

Shoppers unknowingly buying non-stun religious meat in supermarkets

Shoppers unknowingly buying non-stun religious meat in supermarkets

Shoppers have been unwittingly buying meat from animals that were not stunned when killed under religious rules because it is going unlabelled in supermarkets, a consumer watchdog has warned.

The Independent

Investigation after pupils say they were 'pinched and slapped' at faith school

Investigation after pupils say they were 'pinched and slapped' at faith school

A safeguarding investigation is under way into a private Jewish primary school in north London after pupils reported being pinched and slapped by staff as punishment.

The Guardian

School in Berks cuts ties with Islamic ‘weekend school’ – NSS quoted

School in Berks cuts ties with Islamic ‘weekend school’ – NSS quoted

A secondary school in Langley in Berkshire has cut its ties with an Islamic school over concerns that speakers it hosted at other events expressed 'extremist' views.

Slough & South Bucks Express

C of E claims BBC is ‘marginalising’ Songs of Praise

C of E claims BBC is ‘marginalising’ Songs of Praise

The Church of England has accused the BBC of 'marginalising' Songs of Praise after it moved its flagship religious show to a lunchtime slot.

Daily Mail

Catholic Church cardinals urge end of 'homosexual agenda' to end sexual abuse

Catholic Church cardinals urge end of 'homosexual agenda' to end sexual abuse

Two prominent Roman Catholic Church cardinals have called for an end of the "plague of the homosexual agenda" as the way to end sexual abuse.

BBC

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