Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty of sexual offences in Australia, making him the highest-ranking Catholic figure to receive such a conviction.
"This prince of the church was a superb political operator. Listing sins and condemning sinners kept him in the news."
"News of his conviction for child sexual abuse is a grave blow not just to the church, but also to Pope Francis personally."
In a letter to The Times, Keith Porteous Wood says institutions such as the Catholic Church are completely unable to police themselves.
The Times (£)
""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 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.
"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?"
The UK Parliament is set to pass new rules classifying Hezbollah, a Shia Islamist political, military and social organisation, as a terrorist group.
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
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.
"The 30th anniversary of the fatwa on Salman Rushdie is also a milestone of women protesting against fundamentalism"
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
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 (£)
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.
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.
Campaigners have claimed a groundswell of public support as they embark on a new drive to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland, including from MSPs.
A senior Roman Catholic Cardinal has said that files documenting child sexual abuse were destroyed, allowing offences to continue.
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.
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 Catholic Church is facing a growing scandal over children secretly fathered by priests in Scotland.
The Herald on Sunday
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'.
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 (£)
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)
A group called Conservative Christianity has become a political force in Cuba's referendum on its new constitution.
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
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.
A report from the UK parliament's foreign affairs committee has called on the government to extend equal marriage to the British Overseas Territories.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
In recent weeks some US state legislatures have proposed eliminating religious exemptions from vaccination laws.
The Washington Post
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.
Thu, 21 Feb 2019
All children must learn about same sex couples regardless of their religious background, the chief inspector of schools in England has said.
Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire has been accused of a "culture of secrecy" over the issue of non-stun meat in schools.
Telegraph & Argus
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
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.
Plans to extend the cathedral where King Richard III was interred have been approved, despite concerns raised by Historic England.
Pope Francis has said that those who regularly criticise the Catholic church are "friends of the devil".
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.
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
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
An imam who blew the whistle on his mosque has won a case for unfair dismissal.
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.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019
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.
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.
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
The Church of England has accused the BBC of 'marginalising' Songs of Praise after it moved its flagship religious show to a lunchtime slot.
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.
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